Extract from the editorial:
University of Neuchâtel: A small university with an international presence
University rankings are usually dismissed until your own university is ranked high. This is suddenly the case for the University of Neuchâtel. Our tiny university was so far ignored, but recently it was picked up by Times Higher Education and we found ourselves at the respectable 11th position among small universities with fewer than 5000 students. More interesting, however, was the ranking in “international outlook”, which listed us number 37 among all universities, right behind the University of Cambridge.
Ted Turlings, Felix Kessler, Stephan von Reuss
University of Neuchâtel, Centre of Competence in Chemical Ecology (C3E)
The Centre of Competence in Chemical Ecology (C3E) was created as a follow-up of the National Centre of Competence in Research Plant Survival (2001-2013), in which research in chemical ecology played a dominant role. Chemical ecology is a highly interdisciplinary field that concerns chemically mediated interactions. It involves, among others, chemists that identify and synthesize bioactive substances, physiologists that study the production and perception of these chemicals in plants and animals, but also ecologists that may study the impact of the chemically mediated interactions at the individual or ecosystem level. Chemical ecology is also all-inclusive at the organismal level and relates to all taxa, ranging from bacteria to humans, and therefore is of great importance to all of biology. Most importantly, the research has great potential for application in the context of food security, ecosystem management, as well as in human and animal healthcare.
At present, C3E comprises seven research groups at the Faculty of Science of UniNE. It is also closely associated with the simultaneously created Neuchâtel Platform for Analytical Chemistry (NPAC), which provides analytical services to research institutions and industries worldwide. Together with partners at other Swiss universities we strive to conduct internationally recognized research and provide education in chemical ecology at the highest possible level.