The Crick joins international network to strengthen collaboration

Institute directors at the launch of the BRIDGE network.

From left: Franklin Hoke, Rockefeller University; Tom Henzinger, IST Austria; Mary Collins, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology; Paul Nurse, Francis Crick Institute; Daniel Zajfman, Weizmann Institute of Science

The Crick has come together with other international research institutes from Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia to form a network that aims to strengthen excellence in scientific research and education through collaboration and exchange.

The BRIDGE Network, launched at a joint event today (5 June), brings together five international research institutes with a focus on cutting-edge basic research and graduate education: the Crick (UK), Rockefeller University (US), the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Japan), and the Institute of Science and Technology (Austria).

What is the BRIDGE Network?

The BRIDGE (Basic Research Institutions Delivering Graduate Education) Network is an informal group of research institutions that carry out both original scientific research and training of PhD students. The network will allow sharing of expertise and encourage collaboration.

The network will provide a platform for advocating common values, developing best practices and strengthening communication and collaboration between the institutes.

Paul Nurse, Director of the Crick said: “Institutes like ours that do research and graduate training are rather rare and are generally relatively new. As a consequence, they don’t fit neatly into boxes like traditional research institutes or universities. Through the BRIDGE network, we can share best practice to make the most of our advantages and work together to solve common challenges. We hope that this will help us all to improve, benefiting our science and ultimately society.”

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