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Press release15 May 2023

EBRAINS welcomes University of Louvain as new associate member

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The membership went into effect on 6 January 2023. It will give UCLouvain the opportunity to co-design future iterations of EBRAINS’ cutting-edge tools and services. These state-of-the-art capabilities – which cover data sharing, atlasing, modelling, simulation, high-performance computing, and neurorobotics – aim to help European researchers to address major challenges in brain health, benefiting from insights into data science, brain organization, and artificial intelligence gathered from the EU Flagship Human Brain Project.

Founded in 1425, University of Louvain is one of Europe’s oldest universities, with 35 000 students on 8 sites: Louvain-la-Neuve, Brussels (Woluwe, Brussels Saint-Louis and Saint-Gilles), Mons, Tournai, Charleroi and Namur. 

In the 2022 THE Ranking, UCLouvain was ranked 170th, making it Belgium’s leading French-speaking university. 

University of Louvain educates almost every other French-speaking Belgian, and attracts every year 6,000 international students from around the globe (a number of UCLouvain‘s programs are taught in English). UCLouvain is also the first French-speaking University in Europe to offer MOOCs (38 in French and English) on the on-line platform edX. UCLouvain trains students in all disciplines, from beginner’s level through doctorate and on to adult continuing education. 

With 1 Nobel Prize, 21 Francqui Prizes (“the Belgian Nobel”), 51 European Research Council Grants and numerous international awards, teaching at UCLouvain is based on solid research and innovation, with a lot of applications for society (78 spin-offs from whom 68 active and 334 enterprises in the scientific park and 3 incubators of the university). 

University of Louvain is part of the European alliance Circle U and of the Guild, a European research lobby. The university is also one of the 22 European universities to have received the ECTS label, an EU recognition of the quality of its management of international exchanges.

UCLouvain is looking forward to being an associate member of EBRAINS.

Julie Duqué
Head of Cognition and Actions Lab at UCLouvain

We are very pleased to welcome UCLouvain as an associate member at EBRAINS. The university conducts research across numerous branches of neuroscience, including the cellular, systems, and clinical neurosciences.

Paweł Świeboda


EBRAINS is a new digital research infrastructure (RI), created by the EU-funded Human Brain Project (HBP), to foster brain-related research and to help translate the latest scientific discoveries into innovation in medicine and industry, for the benefit of patients and society.

It draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and offers an extensive range of brain data sets, atlasesmodelling and simulation tools, easy access to high-performance computing resources and to robotics and neuromorphic platforms.

All academic researchers have open access to EBRAINS’ state-of-the art services. Industry researchers are also very welcome to use the platform under specific agreements. For more information about EBRAINS, please contact us at or visit

EBRAINS is listed on the ESFRI roadmap

About the Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is the largest brain science project in Europe and stands among the biggest research projects ever funded by the European Union. It is one of the three FET Flagship Projects of the EU. At the interface of neuroscience and information technology, the HBP investigates the brain and its diseases with the help of highly advanced methods from computing, neuroinformatics and artificial intelligence and drives innovation in fields like brain-inspired computing and neurorobotics.

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