Matariki Network of Universities (MNU)

"The Matariki Network of Universities seeks to build upon the collective strengths of its member institutions to develop international excellence in research and education and to promote social responsibility locally and globally."

Matariki Network Mission Statement

The Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) is an international group of leading, like-minded Universities, each amongst the most historic in its own country, and recognized as being:

MNU member institutions promote excellence in research-led education, in which students receive education from researchers at the cutting edge of their field. Each member institution conducts transformative research across a broad subject base in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Each promotes a combination of academic learning and personal growth through extracurricular activities in diverse scholarly communities so as to develop well-rounded citizens of the world and leaders of the future.

The network’s vision is “Partnering for a better world”. The MNU seeks to build upon the collective strengths of its member institutions to develop international excellence in research and education and to promote social responsibility locally and globally.

MNU members are critical friends and trusted partners who support each other to enhance quality in all areas of institutional activity. The network creates new opportunities for multilateral international collaboration in research and education. It enables members to enrich their work by sharing ideas and best practice with trusted peers and to collaborate in areas where collectively they can contribute more than each institution individually.

Matariki in Tübingen

Matariki Lecture Series 2021: #Human Evolution

“Is human evolution more complicated than we first thought?” – This question was discussed in a live streamed Zoom webinar on Tuesday, 16 March 2021 with presentations by scientists from four MNU partners followed by a moderated interactive Q&A session. Recording of the Matariki Lecture on Human Evolution

The four speakers are:

  • Prof. Dr. Madelaine Böhme, University of Tübingen
  • Prof. Per Ahlberg, PhD, Uppsala University
  • Prof. Jerry DeSilva, PhD, Dartmouth College
  • Prof. Sarah Elton, PhD, Durham University

Press release

In the framework of multilateral cooperation in the Matariki Network, the University of Tübingen offers funding opportunities for Master and PhD students as well as for postdoctoral researchers of the Universities Dartmouth, Durham, Otago, Queen’s, Uppsala, and UWA in two different funding schemes:

Matariki Global Citizenship Fellow Exchange Scheme for Doctoral / Master Students from Matariki Universities 2020-2022

3 Master / PhD Students from our Matariki partners per year for stays at the University of Tübingen of 3 weeks up to 6 months, for the years 2020-2022

Applicants shall be engaged in one of the areas of the Matariki Global Citizenship Programme sein. More information: http://matarikiglobalcitizen.org 

Matariki Mobility Scheme for Doctoral/PhD students and Post-doctoral researchers in the years 2020-2021

2 doctoral/PhD Students or postdoctoral researchers from our Matariki partners per year for stays at the University of Tübingen of 2 weeks up to 3 months, for the years 2020-2021

Applicants shall identify a professor at the University of Tübingen who agrees to host them

Priority research fields are the Matariki Research Themes (https://www.matarikinetwork.org/research/), but doctoral candidates/postdocs from other existing collaborations can also apply

In addition, other funding opportunities in the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the University of Tübingen can be found here: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/33496

Previous announcements


Matariki Executive Board Meeting

On 15th and 16th July 2019, the Matariki Executive Board Meeting was held at the University of Tübingen. The Presidents/Vice-Chancellors of the Matariki partner universities as well as responsible executive staff members for International/Global Relations and several Matariki Coordinators came to Tübingen. At the meeting, the Chairmanship of the Matariki Network was passed from Dartmouth College to the University of Western Australia; at the same time, the University of Tübingen took on the duties of Vice-Chair and will start to have the Chairmanship of the Network from 1st January 2020 for two years. The agenda of the meeting included discussions of the recent developments in the network with respect to activities in research and education, ongoing benchmarking projects and planned funding programs for students and faculty. After the meeting Professor Bernd Pichler presented the Tübingen excellence cluster “Image-Guided and Functionally Instructed Tumor Therapies (iFIT)”, followed by a lab visit at radio-pharmacy.

2nd Winter School “Pregnancy and the Brain”

The 2nd Winter School of the CIN-funded Mini International Research Training Group (MRTG) entitled “Pregnancy and the Brain” was organized on 27-28 February 2019 at Uppsala University. From the University of Tübingen a group of eight researchers and six students attended the winter school: Professors Birgit Derntl, Manfred Hallschmid, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Hubert Preißl, Tobias Renner, Martin Walter, J-Prof. Vanessa Nieratschker, PD Dr. Melanie Henes and the students Ilena Bauer, Ann-Christin Kimmig, Marina Krylova, Carolin Lewis, Elisa Rehbein, and Ferdinand Soerensen. From Uppsala University, four researchers are involved in the MRTG as supervisors: Professors Inger Sundström Poromaa, Anna-Karin Wikström, Fotis Papadopoulus, Alkestis Skalkidou. At a strategic meeting of the supervisors and PIs from Tübingen and Uppsala it was agreed to write a joint application for an International Research Training Group (IRTG) to be submitted to the DFG in the course of this year or early 2020.

Another joint activity of researchers of history from Uppsala University and the University of Tübingen was an Erasmus+-funded  faculty exchange combined with a lecture series (Studium Generale) in Tübingen in the winter semester 2018/19. The exchange shall be continued in spring-summer 2020. From Tübingen Professors Ewald Frie, Johannes Großmann, Ellen Widder, Dr. Philip Hahn and Dr. Daniel Menning travelled to Uppsala; from Uppsala the researchers Gudrun Andersson, Lars M. Andersson, Louise Berglund, Carl Mikael Carlsson and Dag Lindström came to Tübingen. The title of the lectures series in Tübingen was “Borders and Transgressions from the late Medieval Period to the Present”, jointly organized by Gudrun Andersson and Daniel Menning.

Both bilateral activities between the Universities of Tübingen and Uppsala are based on individual collaborations between the involved researchers and have been highly promoted and strengthened by the strategic cooperation in the Matariki Network of Universities.


Matariki Lecture in Tübingen 2018

On Wednesday 24 October 2018, Professor Dr. Alexander Densmore, Institute of Hazard, Risk, and Resilience and Department of Geography of Durham University held the Matariki Lecture 2018 in the Auditorium Maximum of the University of Tübingen (Neue Aula, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz) on The use of science in earthquake risk reduction: lessons from the 2015 Nepal earthquake. After the Lecture, Vice-Rector (Research) Peter Grathwohl hosted a reception at the Kleiner Senat of the University. Prof. Densmore met with students and staff members of the Earth System Dynamics Research Group of Prof. Todd Ehlers at the Dept. of Geology and Geodynamics on the day after. The lecture was recorded by the Tübingen Media Competence Center, the video can be found here:

The Matariki Lectures have been started with an initiative of Queen’s University in February 2017 by Professor Denise Anthony, Vice-Provost for Academic Initiatives des Dartmouth College, at Queen’s in Kingston. More information here: https://matarikinetwork.org/events/matariki-lecture-2017. The Tübingen Matariki Lecture was the second, the third Lecture will be organized at the University of Otago next years.

Tübingen - Durham Seedcorn Fund

Bilateral funding programme between Durham University and the University of Tübingen for academic staff, including early-career researchers and postgraduate students. For more information see http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/de/33496.

Contacts: Elenora Haag (Tübingen) international.researchspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de and Jemima Lloyd (Durham) international.partnershipsspam prevention@durham.ac.uk

Winter School „Sex Hormones and the Brain“, 31 January – 2 February 2018

The international winter school “Sex Hormones and the Brain” was organized on 31 January – 2 February in Tübingen. The Organizers have been the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) of the University of Tübingen and Uppsala University. The winter school is part of the Matariki Research Theme „Brain and Mind (Integrative Neuroscience)“.


Spring School and Conference “High-Level Vision: from Mechanisms to Perception”, 10–13 April

The Spring School and Conference “High-Level Vision: from Mechanisms to Perception” was organized on 10–13 April 2017 in Tübingen.

Humanities Colloquium “Language”, 9–12 October 2017

The Humanities colloquium “Language” in the framework of the Matariki Research Theme “Arts & Humanities Research for the World” was organized on 9–12 October 2017 in Tübingen. The four previous colloquia of the series took place in 2013 at Dartmouth College, 2014 at University of Otago, 2015 at Queen’s University, and 2016 at Durham University.

Continuation of the Teach-at-Tübingen program (T@T)

Since 2013, in total 28 doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from Matariki universities received a scholarship for a one or two semester teaching and research stay in Tübingen.


Workshop “Quantum Science”, 19–23 March

A workshop on “Quantum Science” was held on 19–23 March 2016 at the University of Otago. It was a follow-up event of the workshop 2013 in Tübingen.

Workshop “ASEAN and the EU: Regions in Crisis”, 2–3 June

A workshop on “ASEAN and the EU: Regions in Crisis” was held on 2–3 June 2016 in Tübingen in cooperation with researchers from the University of Western Australia.

Tübingen Research World Tour

Delegation visits at the Universities of Durham (21–23 September 2016) and Uppsala (3–5 October 2016).


Summer School “Research Ethics in the Life Sciences”, 8–11 July

A Summer School on “Research Ethics in the Life Sciences” was held on 8–11 July 2015 in Tübingen. It was the follow-up event of the Spring School 2014 in Tübingen.

International conference “Digitizing Matariki Museum Coin Collections”, 22–23 October

The international conference “Digitizing Matariki Museum Coin Collections” was held on 22–23 October 2015 in Tübingen, in cooperation with Uppsala University and other Matariki partners. In 2016 the coin collections from Uppsala and Tübingen were included in the list of Matariki Shared Facilities.


Spring School “Research Ethics in the Life Sciences”, 9–12 April

A Spring School on “Research Ethics in the Life Sciences” was held on 9–12 April 2014 in Tübingen. It was the follow-up event of the workshops 2011 in Tübingen and 2012 in Durham in a new format (teaching offer for doctoral students and medical students).

EU research project HAIRS, 2014–2017

The Tübingen EU research project “Hybrid Architecture for Quantum Information using Rydberg Ensembles and Superconductors” (HAIRS) in cooperation with Durham University and others is approved. Duration: 2014–2017.


Workshop “Quantum Science”, 1–4 July

A Workshop on „Quantum Science“ was held on 1–4 July 2014 in Tübingen.


Workshop “Regulating Research in the Life Sciences in a Globalised World” , 18–20 July

The Workshop “Regulating Research in the Life Sciences in a Globalised World: Case Studies” was held on 18–20 July 2012 in Durham. It was the follow-up event of the workshop 2011 in Tübingen.


Workshop “Research Ethics in the Life Sciences”, 26–29 October

The Workshop “Research Ethics in the Life Sciences – Agenda Setting for Research and Teaching” was held on 26–29 October 2011 in Tübingen.

Tübingen funding program “Multilateral Strategic Partnerships”, 2011–2014

The Tübingen funding program “Multilateral Strategic Partnerships” (2011–2014), funded by the Baden-Württemberg SCHOLARSHIP for Students (BWS plus) of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation, was approved. With financial support of this program, the University of Tübingen was able to fund the first two Matariki Research Workshops in Tübingen on “Research Ethics in the Life Sciences” 2011 and “Quantum Science” 2013, as well as the Matariki Spring School “Research Ethics in the Life Sciences” 2014 in Tübingen. In addition, travel funds could be offered for Tübingen researchers participating at three Matariki Research Workshops 2012, 2013, and 2014 in Durham and Uppsala and scholarships could be given to 16 doctoral students in total, 3 of them from Matariki partners (Durham and Otago).

Member universities