Inspired by the worldwide unique idea of a transboundary TransCampus London-Dresden, the Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR) of the University Medical Centre Rostock at the University of Rostock and MultiPark (Multidisciplinary research focused on Parkinson´s disease) at the Lund University are implementing a similar concept for neurosciences - a United Neuroscience Campus (UNC) Lund - Rostock.

The idea here is the formal/institutional networking of two internationally excellent neuroscientific locations with a large translational focus in order to establish a virtual campus beyond the Lund and Rostock locations on key neuroscience topics. Through formal international cooperation beyond borders and standards, bilateral mobility and teaching programs for young scientists are to be established, innovative collaborative projects initiated and novel synergy effects used to increase scientific excellence in the long term.

The overarching strategic goals of the United Neuroscience Campus Lund - Rostock initiative are the promotion of young researchers, internationalization, increasing the visibility of the community, and stimulating international collaborative research projects and publications, e.g. within the framework of the European Commission's "Horizon Europe".

The added value in such a program, which strongly demands and promotes international relations, lies in the increase of critical mass for new interdisciplinary and innovative collaborative proposals. This creates better starting conditions for national highly competitive procedures. The UNC concept also contributes to the German Federal Government's strategy for the internationalisation of science and research so that more calls for proposals for the funding of bilateral collaborative projects can be served by expanding networking. The Rostock site of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) will further strengthen the opportunities for international networking.

The added value for the young scientists at the participating locations lies in the increased number of host institutions for research stays. Compared to the current situation, a United Neuroscience Campus will specifically increase and promote the opportunities for scientific mobility. In addition, there will be an additional range of modules in the qualification, training and continuing education programs of the respective locations, which the young scientists can take part in exchange.

The United Neuroscience Campus will initially be founded on the basis of a formal cooperation between the Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR) and the partner institutions of the Swedish Lund University. Scientific relationships already exist between partners on both sides, e.g. in neurology and clinical memory research. The future cooperation in the United Neuroscience Campus has already been mutually declared.

The United Neuroscience Campus is organisationally managed by a spokesperson (Dean), a co-spokesperson (Vice-Dean) and an international board consisting of representatives of the respective collaborations and is supported and administered by an office (Officers, Coordinators). The leadership is provided alternately from both locations by election. Cooperation agreements (“Memorandum of Understanding”) between the participating institutions serve as the formal basis of the United Neuroscience Campus.

1st Virtual Neuroscience Workshop Lund – Rostock

The initiative of a United Neuroscience Campus Lund - Rostock (UNC) was starting with the first virtual scientific workshop on “Key questions and methods in the field of neurodegenerative diseases in Lund and Rostock”, on October 20, 2021, 2 pm – 7 pm. 62 participants from both countries took part online, with six lectures from Rostock and eight from Lund.