Full / Associate Membership

Who is a „Member“?

A member in the first place is the University or one of its institutional units. It can also be a research institute or state research institution or state agency.

Full and associate member status

The introduced status of full membership is to strengthen the influence of particularly active members. According to their potentials and capacities, these members become reliable figures for contributing to the sustainability of the network. This includes active contribution to the network´s visibility by establishing contacts to other regional and international networks, and stakeholders from industry, local authorities, or state agencies. Further, full members take over the task to work on structures and measures assuring the stability and the financial sustainability of the regional and the entire SWINDON network.

Associated members help to contribute to (i) internationalisation at the SWINDON member institutions and, (ii) to improve the performance of, the capacity building at and the knowledge transfer between the member institutions.

The concept of associate membership is expected to create a close grid of interacting members who are able to contribute to the stabilization and sustainability of the entire network by the sum of their expertise and capacity.

Each regional network decides on the application for associate membership after a careful examination and selection and in consultation with the management board and project chairman.


The status of membership is based on very few criteria that are for the evaluation of the activities of the members. This includes the number of activities, offering university capacities, participations in workshops, number of joint publications or activities for joint research initiatives.

Associate Members:

  • can participate in workshops and can send students funded by the project;
  • can participate in plenary meetings and regional network meetings on own expenses;
  • have full access to all project information;
  • can be brought in by majority vote of the relevant regional network.