Organization of Research

Research Institutes

Our strength lies in the collaboration between the various disciplines. In the research institutes the University of Twente connects technology (high tech) to human behaviour and social relevance (human touch).

Mesa+ - institute for nanotechnology

MESA+ is one of the world's largest nanotechnology research institutes. The 525 scientists engage themselves with semiconductors, life sciences, food technology, sensor technology and energy. MESA+ has a structure containing five research clusters (Strategic Research Orientations): Applied NanoPhotonics, NanoMaterials for Energy, Enabling Technologies, Nanotechnology for Innovative Medicine and Risk analysis and Technology Assessment.

Mesa plus

mira - institute for biomedical technology and technical medicine

MIRA is one of the largest and best research institutes in the world in the field of biomedical technology and technical medicine. The over 300 researchers of MIRA focus on top technology for patients. They work from three different perspectives: Imaging & Diagnostics, Neural & Motor Systems and Bionano Technology & Advanced Manufacturing.

ctit - Institute for ICT research in context

The CTIT (institute for ICT research in context) performs research in the field of ICT and ICT applications. Research groups are working across disciplines on modern-day technological, economic and social issues. A total of 450 researchers are connected to the CTIT: computer scientists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and behavioural scientists.

IGS - institute for innovation and governance studies

The IGS (Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies) focuses of the governing and management of technological and social innovation. About 280 researchers from 14 departments are attached to the institute. They perform research in both the public and the private sector.

itc - Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation

The ITC engages in research in the field of geo-information sciences and earth observation. The emphasis lies on applications in developmental countries, using modern technology such as remote sensing and GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

SBE - Programme for Science Based Engineering

SBE, Institute of Engineering in formation at the University of Twente, develops and applies science and technology in multidisciplinary systems to the needs of industry and society, in order to enable a sustainable future. SBE has a strong position in manufacturing, design, engineering materials and energy, grouped in three centers of expertise: “Design Engineering”, “Thermal Fluid and Process Technology”, and “Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces and Systems”. The driving force behind SBE are its more than 300 linked researchers.