Research is a driving force at UCL. It’s organised via distinct yet complementary research entities: research institutions, research centres, technology platforms and Louvain4. Fundamental and applied research is pursued with equal vigour in the university’s 22 research institutes. In the humanities, science and technology, and health
UCL research centres assemble member researchers of one or several institutes to work on a research project or area. The goal is to encourage high-level interdisciplinary research and spark synergies and new projects.
UCL maintains 25 technology platforms with a variety of expertise and resources. Their role is to provide the research institutes with technical and administrative staff and research equipment (e.g. analysis or mechanical testing laboratory, archives, IT services). The platforms support the institutes in a cross-disciplinary manner but can also