Université de Strasbourg


Tracking singing insects with Sylvain Hugel

A research scientist at the Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience (INCI) in...

Three new Chair positions at USIAS

USIAS is pleased to announce the establishment of three new chair positions with a duration of two...

Kavli Prize 2022 Award Ceremony in Oslo - interview with Jean-Louis Mandel

On Tuesday 6 September, King Harald V of Norway presented the 2022 Kavli Prize award to Jean-Louis...

Looking back and looking forward - David Le Breton

After a 50-year career, David Le Breton, USIAS Chair of Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds and...

USIAS in brief

USIAS 10 years

USIAS 10 years anniversary booklet - download pdf


The University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS) was created in 2012 to fund excellent, original research in all scientific domains and to serve as a place of intellectual innovation. USIAS is a flagship project of the Excellence Initiative (IdEx) of the University of Strasbourg, within the national strategy for Investments in the Future (Investissements d’avenir) of France.

Through its Fellowship programme and activities such as the short visit programme and lecture series, USIAS welcomes and supports outstanding researchers from all countries and disciplinary backgrounds. Each year, the institute selects 10-20 Fellows for a period of between three months and two years to undertake innovative research.

Strasbourg is the seat of important European institutions such as the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Parliament. Its historic city centre with the thousand-year old Cathédrale Notre-Dame is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, as is the late 19th century Neustadt area adjacent to the central campus of the University of Strasbourg.

The University of Strasbourg, traces its history back to 1621. It has been home to historic figures such as Beno Gutenberg, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Louis Pasteur, Georg Simmel, Albert Schweitzer and Marc Bloch. The University is part of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and is one of three universities in France that has been awarded a permanent excellence status in the context of the IdEx. It currently counts four Nobel laureates (1987201120132016), three of whom hold a USIAS Chair.

In total, twelve permanent chair positions exist, held by highly distinguished Strasbourg academics from all domains; together they constitute the institute’s Governing Board. In addition, the Board includes up to two associated chairs, held by top-level academics from outside of Strasbourg, and up to three temporary chairs, held by researchers from the University of Strasbourg who have made an exceptional contribution to their field; each of these chair positions are awarded for two years.

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