European Research Area (ERA) Chairs

Establishing a European Research Area (ERA) Chair requires a world-class research environment and infrastructure. ERA Chairs aim to increase the quality of research in the discipline with the help of internationally recognised researchers, increase competitiveness, and facilitate the transfer of new knowledge from research to the service of society. Seven ERA Chairs have been established at the University of Tartu.   

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Computational Imaging and Processing with High Resolution – CIPHR  

In the project, the Centre of Photonics and Computational Imaging is established at the UT. The combined application of photonics and computationally intensive data processing allows to enhance the image quality, resolution or add spatial dimension to the image beyond the physical or technical limits of the imaging system. By nature, the research is interdisciplinary and embraces the extensive competence of the University of Tartu in optics, spectroscopy, mathematics, computer science and their applications.

Coordinator: Kenneth Tuul  

Period: 1 October 2019 – 30 June 2025  




Nanorobot. Adrian Hepner

Materials Research in Extreme Environments – MATTER  

The project focuses on nanoscale material behaviour in complex environments and upscaling of control of nanomaterial for interdisciplinary and widespread use. This enables breakthrough research in biomedicine, renewable energy, radars, battery technology, materials science and many other areas.  

Project leader:  Andreas Kyritsakis, Associate Professor of Materials Research in Extreme Environments   

Period: 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2024  

Geenivaramu. Renee Altrov

Centre for Genomics, Evolution and Medicine – cGEM  

For the prevention and treatment of diseases, it is important to know how the different genetic variants created during evolution affect the life of people in modern times. cGEM hopes to shed light on that.  

Project leader: Jon Anders Eriksson, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Research in Genomics  

Period:1 September 2018 – 31 August 2023  


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ERA Chair in Gas Fermentation Technologies – GasFermTEC

The project aims to develop a new research direction for gas fermentation technologies. More specifically, it employs gas fermentation technologies together with systems and synthetic biology methods to address global challenges of biosustainability and a balanced carbon cycle.  

Project leader: Kaspar Valgepea, Associate Professor of Gas Fermentation Technologies  

Period:1 September 2018 – 31 August 2023  


ERA Chair of Translational Genomics and Personalized Medicine – TransGeno  

The project applies innovations from genomics to the diagnostics and therapies of various diseases. The focus is on chronic inflammatory and degenerative diseases. New technologies enable scientists to understand complex diseases and help find new treatments.  

Project leader: Alireza Fazeli, Professor of Clinical Genomics and Personalized Medicine  

Period: 1 July 2015 – 31 August 2023  



E-governance and digital public services – ECePS  

The project aims to strengthen the Centre of IT Impact Studies (CITIS) so it can act as a world leader in research on e-governance, public e-services and data-driven public innovation.  

Project leader: Robert Krimmer, Professor of E-governance  

Period:1 September 2019 – 31 August 2024  

Completed ERA Chair projects 

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ERA Chair in Synthetic Biology – SynBioTEC 

The project combined the experience of four core facilities: synthetic biology, proteomics, cell technology, and applied virology to create a platform for developing synthetic designer cells.  

Period: 1 July 2015 – 30 September 2020  

Project leader: Petri-Jaan Lahtvee  

Doctoral defence: Rodolfo Basile "Invenitive-Locational Constructions in Finnish: A Mixed Methods Approach"

On 24 May, at 14:15 Rodolfo Basile will defend his doctoral thesis "Invenitive-Locational Constructions in Finnish: A Mixed Methods Approach” for obtaining the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Finnic languages).
Rahvusvaheline Ulmeuuringute Ühingu suur aastakonverents 07.-11.05.2024

Science Fiction Research Association annual conference at University of Tartu

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High genetic risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder suggests possible health consequences