This is a public database of research institutions and projects that want to host science journalists for their FRONTIERS Residencies.

The Hosts Database contains expressions of interest received by the FRONTIERS Team and these are a great starting point for applicants. However, an institution does not have to be in this Database to be eligible as a host institution. Journalists are encouraged to do their investigation and contact the research institutions that best fit their project.

If you have any questions or feedback about this database, please check out the FRONTIERS Program Guide and Frequently Asked Questions pages, or write to support@frontiersmedia.eu.


  • Champalimaud Foundation

    The Champalimaud Foundation (CF) was established in 2005 as a worldwide reference for scientific research and clinical practice. Located in a beautiful setting by the Tagus river in the city of Lisbon, Portugal, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU) is a vibrant scientific and clinical institution where hundreds of national and international (+40 EU and non-EU nationalities) scientists, support staff, physicians, and other healthcare professionals work together to investigate fundamental biological processes and search for effective solutions to alleviate the burden of oncological and neurological diseases, while providing state-of-the-art care to patients.

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    Research, developed within the Champalimaud Research (CR) programmes, is primarily focused on the fields of neuroscience, cancer and physiology. More specifically, 31 groups are dedicated to fundamental and clinical research on topics that range from Brain-wide control of Behaviour and its impacts in Artificial Intelligence /Machine Learning, to the Immune System and the interaction between Neural and Immune Systems and Disease Progression. With a community of ~500 members distributed in two big open labs (somehow similar to big media newsrooms), with access to several technical and scientific facilities, the aspiration of CR is to help scientists reach their full creative potential and to promote collective achievements beyond those reachable by individual scientists or laboratory groups. The legacy of CR will not only be advances in scientific knowledge but advances in the scientific process itself.

    According to the latest European Research Council (ERC) dashboard, which comprehensively overviews ERC-funded projects, Portugal has secured funding for 165 projects since 2007 and CF leads the list of institutions in Portugal for ERC funding, both in terms of total number of grants and of overall funding. Most of our ERC grants are in Life Sciences but we also have secured grants in Social Sciences and Humanities and in Physical Sciences and Engineering.

    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Catarina Ramos
    catarina.ramos@neuro.fchampalimaud.org
    Host Institution
    Champalimaud Foundation
    Portugal
    Hosting Conditions

    This residency at the Champalimaud Foundation (CF) will be organised in such a way that the science journalist will be in direct contact with various Champalimaud Research scientists and members of the Communications, Events & Outreach team. During the residency period, the journalist will: 1) be included in the CR mailing list and so updated with all relevant news regarding the centre; 2) be able to visit specific facilities and observe research experiments (arranged with the principal investigator of the laboratory and/or head of the scientific facility/platform); 3) participate in seminars, workshops and regular work discussions; 4) have access to lectures, conferences and other events, including social and community building activities. The journalist will have a desk inside the Communications, Events & Outreach shared offices, and access to CF premises 24/7, including cafeteria, library, a tropical garden and a gym. The official working language at CF is English. Other details and specific necessities will be discussed directly with the interested journalist/s.

  • Biology of Ageing

    The Max-Planck-Institute for Biology of Ageing (MPI-AGE) aims to unravel the molecular, physiological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying the ageing process. As we age, many of our body functions decline, often accompanied by the development of complex and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases. Our mission is to understand how we can intervene to mitigate or even prevent these age-related diseases and pave the way for a healthier ageing. Currently, much of the research at the institute focuses on three topics: the molecular genetics of ageing, the study of the ageing brain, and the role of mitochondria in ageing processes. In addition, research groups are investigating how DNA repair and nutrient sensing influence ageing.

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    To understand these processes, the institute currently conducts work on four different model organisms: worms, fruit flies, turquoise killifish and mice. The studies on model organisms are in the long term to be linked with comparative studies in humans. To this end, we are examining samples from patients in the clinic and conducting studies on long-lived families.
    Host researcher Joris Deelen focuses on the identification of the genetic mechanisms underlying healthy ageing and extended lifespan in humans. Moreover, the Deelen group aims to establish novel human ageing studies in Cologne to identify and validate biomarkers of healthy ageing.


    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Maren Berghoff
    Maren.Berghoff@age.mpg.de
    Host Institution
    Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
    Germany
    Hosting Conditions

    The MPI-AGE fosters a conducive, collaborative, international and collegial environment, with 300 employees from over 35 countries. The fellow is allocated an individual desk within the office of the press and public outreach team. The press team works part-time and hybrid, offering support and resources as needed. The host researcher Joris Deelen and his team are mainly working on site at the institute. The working language is English. MPI offers amenities such as tea kitchens, a cafeteria (called Minerva's lounge) with employee discounts, meeting rooms and a social room, all accessible to the fellow. The fellow will of course be provided with our internal WiFi, through which they will also have access to the majority of scientific journals and publications. The institute is situated on the campus of the University Clinic Cologne, with cafés, restaurants and supermarkets within walking distance. It will also be possible to pay a visit to the other research institutes on campus. During the settling-in period, the institute's International Office offers assistance with practical matters such as visa applications and accommodation arrangements. For temporary stays, the institute provides six guest apartments nearby. Each Friday, the MPI-Age holds seminars which offer researchers the opportunity to present their work, providing insight into diverse research areas. Moreover, throughout the year, several public events are held, serving as platforms for dialogue between the scientific community and the public. And to clear their heads for new ideas, the Institute's staff also organize social events such as the weekly beer hour, the carnival party and the summer party.

  • Sustainability at the Frontier: Unveiling Nature’s Potential for Health and Food Innovations

    Over 50% of the cork produced worldwide comes from Portugal. This material, used for products that range from wine stoppers to the isolation of spaceships, is at the heart of two ERC research grants developed at ITQB NOVA over the last years. The reason is that half of cork’s weight is made up of suberin, a plant polymer with remarkable antimicrobial, anti-biofouling and hydrophobic properties. Suberin can mimic natural processes and offer sustainable alternatives for combating fungal infections, as explored in the project MIMESIS – “Development of biomaterials through mimesis of plant defensive interfaces to fight wound infections”, but also for encapsulation technologies in the food and drug industries, as investigated in SNAIL – “High-performance hydrophobic suberin nanoparticles for the generation of liquid-air biphasic droplets with application in food and therapeutics”. Both projects were led by ERC Grantee Cristina Silva Pereira, head of the Applied and Environmental Mycology lab of ITQB NOVA.

    ITQB NOVA is a scientific research and advanced training institute of NOVA University Lisbon. The institute is located in Oeiras, a seaside town with the highest GDP/capita and the most educated population in the country. The institution excels in Molecular Biosciences across diverse disciplines, contributing to societal challenges focused on the well-being of human societies and on the environment.

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    The vision for the ERC-funded MIMESIS project was to develop wound dressing biomaterials that combine antimicrobial and skin regeneration properties. The research team successfully developed a biocompatible extraction method that preserves the plant polyesters’ antimicrobial capabilities. Building on this success, the team secured an ERC Proof of Concept Grant in 2024, for potential applications in food and therapeutics. This new project, SNAIL, explores the potential of suberin in encapsulation technologies, envisioning a sustainable shield for functional ingredients, such as probiotics and proteins. By transforming plant polyesters into purposeful biomaterials, this work represents a shift away from energy-intensive synthetic production methods, focusing instead on “closing the loop”, supported by the principles of green chemistry and biorefinery.
    During the residency, the science journalist is invited to discover this research, which is not only advancing scientific frontiers but also actively contributing to a more sustainable future by having a clear focus and commitment on the translation into tangible innovations. In addition to delving into the project’s intricacies, supported by ITQB NOVA’s cutting-edge facilities, including the largest Portuguese NMR facility, CERMAX, the science journalist will have the opportunity to experience all the intricacies atmosphere of scientific exploration. This encompasses the dynamic journey of discovery, comprising both highs and lows, where breakthroughs are not confined to “Eureka” moments.
    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Renata Ramalho
    renata.ramalho@itqb.unl.pt
    Host Institution
    ITQB NOVA
    Portugal
    Hosting Conditions

    The science journalist will be given credentials to access ITQB NOVA premises 24/7, including access to the cafeteria and canteen and other shared areas, such as the library. The journalist will have a dedicated desk and laptop computer with Wi-Fi access and will be able to use the institute’s printers and other resources. ITQB NOVA has a Communication office who the science journalist can collaborate with at all times, creating mutual learning opportunities. The journalist is also welcome to participate in all relevant events open to the staff, including seminars, training and networking activities and to take part in social and cultural events. The Silva Pereira group comprises nearly twenty researchers, including postdoctoral researchers, PhD and MSc students, and undergraduates, each pursuing their specific projects, some of which align with the ERC grants. Together, they encompass a wide range of scientific expertise spanning from biology and biotechnology to materials chemistry, with varying levels of scientific maturity. They will be readily available to meet with the visiting journalist, sharing their perspectives on science and demonstrating that frontier science is inherently collaborative, requiring concerted and dedicated efforts to validate or falsify the hypotheses under study.

  • Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (IBB)

    The Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (IBB) was created 52 years ago and was the pioneer of Spanish research institutes within a University. The IBB is located on the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and was previously known as the Institute of Fundamental Biology. In 2000, the Institute’s approach evolved towards a multidisciplinary and cooperative research in the area of biotechnological applications in biomedicine and consequently the name was changed. In addition, the strategic objectives of the entire unit were also reformulated, in favour of potentiating translational projects aimed at understanding the molecular bases of diseases and generating instruments, mainly drugs and vaccines, to fight them.

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    Currently, the IBB hosts about 150 researchers, including tenured professors from the UAB, senior scientists, postdoctoral and doctoral fellows, master students and technicians. We host 17 research groups organized in 3 scientific programs that cover multiple scientific areas, but with a shared multidisciplinary character. This configuration allows a broad approach to biological problems and facilitates the transfer of scientific results towards the improvement of the well-being of our society. These three main research umbrella topics are: (1) Applied Proteomics and Protein Engineering, (2) Genomics in Evolution and Disease and (3) Response Mechanisms to Stress and Disease
    The senior PIs of the IBB are Dr. Ventura, Villaverde, Ruiz-Herrera, Roig, Corchero, Ferrer, Ariño, Pallarès, Barbadilla, Martí, Gibert, Reverter, Yero, Cerdà, Jaraquemada, JM. Lluch, Piñol, Quijada, Cáceres, Daura, Lorenzo, Pividori, M. Lluch and Roher (Director of the IBB), offering experience in Bioinformatics, Cellular and Structural Biology, Genomics, Immunology, Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Nanobiotechnology and Proteomics. Some areas in which our researchers work are within the fields of diagnostic tools and theragnostics, vaccine development, neurodegenerative disease detection and new treatments, immune disorders, cancer and targeted drug delivery, bacterial virulence and antibiotic resistances, biotherapeutics for several diseases, etc.

    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Montserrat Sole
    montserrat.sole.castellvi@uab.cat
    Host Institution
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    Spain
    Hosting Conditions

    The Journalist in residence will have access to all IBB premises, including laboratory facilities, shared equipment rooms, shared office and access to meeting rooms. He/she will be included in the mailing list of the institute so that he/she is updated with all relevant news regarding the institute and will be introduced to all researcher’s teams. The structure of the institute comprises the administrative officers, the researchers and research support staff and technicians. The current director, as well as the Evolutionary Immunology group leader, is Nerea Roher, who will be the host researcher. Also, the research promoter from IBB will be at the Journalist disposal bringing support in any matter related to science communication and institutional communication channels such as social media and webpage. Our institution provides remote work options and flexible working conditions. Additionally, the Journalist will have access to all UAB central facilities such as the Communication Cabinet or the Patent Office if needed. Also, the fact that IBB is placed within the UAB campus, provides an additional layer of community services and resources that satisfy most needs of the Institute’s researchers. The collaboration with other Institutions of the so-called UAB Sphere, such as hospitals, CSIC institutes or CERCA Institutes provides additional opportunities in terms of access to other researchers and research outputs. In addition, the close vicinity with other research centres, university departments and companies foster the scientific community bonds, enables the creation of multidisciplinary projects and empowers innovation and technology transfer and that can be certainly interesting from a Journalist’s point of view. Besides that, the Journalist will have access to medical services from UAB campus, on-site GYM facilities at a reduced cost, accommodation opportunities, language services and proximity to a vast number of faculties offering a huge range of studies including journalism and communication to strengthen ties with our institution and seek future collaborations.

  • Barcelona Institute for Global Health – ISGlobal

    ISGlobal addresses key global health challenges related to infectious diseases, chronic non-communicable diseases, and environmental factors, including climate. We aim to go beyond state-of-the-art by strengthening research within and across our 5 research programmes and promoting innovation and collaboration on methodological issues through cross-faculty knowledge hubs.

    The Global Viral and Bacterial Infections Programme aims to reduce the relevant viral and bacterial disease burden by generating knowledge that translates into novel tools and strategies for their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. It has a multidisciplinary and translational research portfolio ranging from basic science to clinical, epidemiological, and public health-oriented research. It works at various steps of the prevention-treatment cascade for pathogens such as M. tuberculosis, non-tuberculous Mycobacteria, antimicrobial resistant bacteria, other bacteria of public health relevance (pneumococcus, group B streptococcus, etc.), CMV, HIV, arboviruses, and viral hepatitis.

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    The Environment and Health over the Life-course programme conducts high-quality integrative research to expand knowledge on the causes and mechanisms of NCDs. The programme focuses on environmental, radiation, occupational, lifestyle, social, infectious, and genetic risk factors throughout life, from prenatal to late adulthood. Key topics include respiratory, immune, and cardiovascular health, neurodevelopment, and cancer.

    The Climate, Air Pollution, Nature and Urban Health programme aims to strengthen evidence related to the health effects of climate change and exposures in urban and natural environments and to assess the health co-benefits of climate action. It focuses on factors such as temperature, noise, air pollution, and green spaces, and their effect on a spectrum of health outcomes, including premature mortality, cardiovascular and respiratory health, and cognitive function. Their main methods consist of the assessment of exposure and health impact, epidemiological modelling, and intervention evaluation, complemented by computational modelling of global climate variations, tipping points, and their impact on health.

    The Malaria and Neglected Parasitic Diseases programme aims to generate valuable knowledge and expand, through a multidisciplinary approach, the current scientific understanding of malaria, Chagas, and other neglected parasitic diseases (NPD) affecting humans, and their interactions with human and animal hosts and/or vectors.

    The Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health programme aims to bridge the know-do gap and support the global efforts to ensure that all women and children, regardless of where they live or are born, have access to quality healthcare services. Its research focuses on developing and assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of maternal and reproductive health interventions through relevant clinical trials and implementation science.

    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Beatriz Fiestas
    beatriz.fiestas@isglobal.org
    Host Institution
    ISGlobal
    Spain
    Hosting Conditions

    ISGlobal has two campuses in Barcelona -Campus Clínic and Campus Mar- and an office in Madrid. Campus Clinic includes wet labs in a separate building. Each campus is associated to a hospital and to a University (University of Barcelona for Campus Clinic, Universitat del Mar for Campus Mar). The University of Barcelona provides ISGlobal researchers access to its CRAI resource center, which includes a wide array of e-journals in different scientific fields. Our policy is to promote flexible working arrangements that allow staff members to organise their work schedule most efficiently and satisfactorily while meeting their objectives. We have a hybrid model of work in which telework is coordinated with on-site work. In the office, we use a shared-desk system in which you can reserve a table on any campus via the intranet. All tables have a screen and network connection. Each staff must have their personal keyboard and mouse, which they can keep in a locker at the end of the day. To communicate, we all use the Google Suit: Chat and Meet, which are currently all integrated into Gmail. The Frontiers fellow will have access to all our offices and services in both campuses. Upon arrival, we will provide her/him with an ISGlobal Gmail account and will connect her/him with the communications department and the host researchers.

  • Frontiers of Infectious Diseases 

    The profound impact of infectious diseases on society, notably underscored during the COVID-19 pandemic, accentuates the imperative for in-depth research to comprehend the intricate dynamics of infectious agents. This includes understanding their modes of transmission, the factors within hosts that influence disease outcomes, and the identification of effective intervention strategies. The urgency of this research has been particularly evident during the pandemic, highlighting the pivotal role of scientific investigation in addressing global health challenges.

    The Infectious Diseases Research Program at CIC bioGUNE stands as a vanguard in scientific exploration, pioneering an initiative committed to unraveling the complex and dynamic molecular foundations of infectious diseases. 

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    The profound impact of infectious diseases on society, notably underscored during the COVID-19 pandemic, accentuates the imperative for in-depth research to comprehend the intricate dynamics of infectious agents. This includes understanding their modes of transmission, the factors within hosts that influence disease outcomes, and the identification of effective intervention strategies. The urgency of this research has been particularly evident during the pandemic, highlighting the pivotal role of scientific investigation in addressing global health challenges.

    The Infectious Diseases Research Program at CIC bioGUNE stands as a vanguard in scientific exploration, pioneering an initiative committed to unraveling the complex and dynamic molecular foundations of infectious diseases.

    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Jana Sendra Viscarro
    jsendra@cicbiogune.es
    Host Institution
    Center for Cooperative Research in Biosciences
    Spain
    Hosting Conditions

    Individual offices/desks equipped with internet connectivity will be provided. The host institution features a dedicated press office, where the team collaborates in a shared workspace, although a hybrid work option is also available. Access to the premises is granted 24/7, and individuals will be provided access to amenities such as the cafeteria, library, online resources, and more.

  • Molecular Frontiers of Cancer

    Cancer, a complex group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell growth, poses a formidable challenge worldwide. Its impact on society is profound, affecting millions of lives and presenting a substantial burden on healthcare systems. The need for comprehensive research to unravel the intricacies of cancer biology and develop advanced strategies for diagnosis and treatment has never been more crucial.

    The Cancer Research Program at CIC bioGUNE is a multidimensional exploration focused on unraveling the complexities of cancer, specifically targeting Prostate, Breast, Colorectal, and Liver cancers. 

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    This program encompasses several crucial research areas:

    • Molecular Basis of Cancer Progression: Investigating the molecular signatures and signaling pathways that drive the progression of Prostate, Breast, Colorectal, and Liver cancers. Our goal is to identify potential targets for precision medicine and advance the development of tailored therapeutic interventions.

    • Precision Medicine in Cancer Treatment: Applying precision medicine approaches to develop targeted therapies for different cancer types. This includes deciphering the genetic and molecular variations that contribute to cancer heterogeneity and tailoring treatments accordingly.

    • Biomarker Discovery for Diagnostic Advancements: Identifying and validating biomarkers that enhance cancer diagnostics and prognostics. Through advanced molecular profiling and bioinformatics analyses, we aim to contribute to the development of reliable biomarkers for various cancer types.

    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Jana Sendra Viscarro
    jsendra@cicbiogune.es
    Host Institution
    Center for Cooperative Research in Biosciences
    Spain
    Hosting Conditions

    Individual offices/desks equipped with internet connectivity will be provided. The host institution features a dedicated press office, where the team collaborates in a shared workspace, although a hybrid work option is also available. Access to the premises is granted 24/7, and individuals will be provided access to amenities such as the cafeteria, library, online resources, and more.

  • Molecular Perspectives of Rare Diseases

    Rare diseases, often referred to as orphan diseases, encompass a broad spectrum of disorders that collectively affect a relatively small number of individuals within a population. These diseases are characterized by their low prevalence, typically afflicting fewer than 1 in 2,000 people. Despite their individual rarity, the cumulative impact of rare diseases is substantial, with estimates suggesting that there are thousands of distinct rare diseases, collectively affecting millions of people worldwide.

    Many rare diseases are chronic, debilitating, and life-threatening, often manifesting early in life. Due to their complex and often unpredictable nature, these diseases can lead to significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens on patients and their caregivers. Moreover, the lack of effective treatments exacerbates the challenges faced by individuals living with rare diseases.

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    The importance of research dedicated to rare diseases lies in its potential to unravel the underlying molecular mechanisms, genetic factors, and cellular processes driving these conditions. Investigating genetic mutations associated with rare diseases provides crucial insights into the fundamental aspects of human biology and the consequences of genetic abnormalities. Understanding the molecular basis of disease progression is essential for developing targeted therapies that can alter the course of the disease, improving the quality of life for affected individuals.

    The impact of rare diseases research extends beyond the laboratory, directly influencing clinical practice, healthcare policies, and societal perceptions. By identifying potential therapeutic targets, researchers contribute to the development of novel treatment approaches and pave the way for precision medicine tailored to the unique genetic and molecular profiles of individuals with rare diseases. Additionally, advancements in rare diseases research contribute to the broader understanding of biological processes, benefiting the entire field of medicine.

    The Rare Diseases Research Program at CIC bioGUNE plays a pivotal role in addressing the challenges posed by rare diseases. By exploring the intricate molecular pathways, genetic factors, and cellular mechanisms associated with rare diseases, the program contributes not only to scientific knowledge but also to the development of innovative diagnostic methods and targeted therapeutic strategies. The societal impact of this research is substantial, offering hope and improved outcomes for individuals grappling with rare diseases and their families.

    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Jana Sendra Viscarro
    jsendra@cicbiogune.es
    Host Institution
    Center for Cooperative Research in Biosciences
    Spain
    Hosting Conditions

    Individual offices/desks equipped with internet connectivity will be provided. The host institution features a dedicated press office, where the team collaborates in a shared workspace, although a hybrid work option is also available. Access to the premises is granted 24/7, and individuals will be provided access to amenities such as the cafeteria, library, online resources, and more.

  • CEITEC Masaryk University

    Harnessing knowledge of plant biology for crop improvement, infectious diseases; RNA/nucleic acids in health and disease; correlative approaches to connect dynamics and structure of living systems; cancer biology; and brain disorders.

    Research Domain
    Contact Person
    Halina Jílková
    halina.jilkova@ceitec.muni.cz
    Host Institution
    CEITEC Masaryk University
    Czech Republic
    Hosting Conditions

    The FRONTIERS fellow will have his/her own desk and a support from a communications lead of the institute who will be able to introduce him/her to other relevant partners in the city of Brno which has a vibrant innovation ecosystem called #brnoregion (see: https://brnoregion.com/cs-en/). The CEITEC Masaryk University communication team works in the office and there will always be someone available to help.