A consortium of six universities

The Mamaself Consortium includes 6 primary European Universities in the field of Materials sciences, Engineering Physics, Chemistry:

  • University of Rennes 1, France,
  • University of Montpellier, France,
  • Technische Universität of München (TUM), Germany,
  • Ludwig Maximilian University in München (LMU), Germany,
  • University of Torino, Italy,
  • Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.

The partners have a large background in materials science and a long collaboration with Large Scale Facilities. They are located in culturally and historically rich European towns. Through full integration of teaching and research, the consortium universities have managed to bring together different specializations in a unique course program.

University of Rennes 1

The University of Rennes1 whose origin dates back to middle age was founded under new status in 1969 as a state university. The University of Rennes 1 is situated in France, (Brittany) at the extreme west of continental Europe.

A scientific campus in a multi-disciplinary university

MAMASELF, European Master in Materials science

University Rennes 1 is a strongly multi-disciplinary university consisting of four main scientific areas:

  • Mathematics and ICT (Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies),
  • Life and Health Sciences,
  • Material Sciences,
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

The University currently welcomes about 30,000 students (including about 4,500 international students), plus more than 2,000 in continuing education, all surrounded by 1,600 teachers and full-time researchers and about 950 administrative and technical staff.

University Rennes1 is only one hour and a half away from Paris and one hour from prestigious sites such as Mont Saint-Michel or Saint-Malo. Building on our assets and committed to taking part in 21st-century innovation and knowledge, one of our top priorities is to create a vibrant international university.

The Science University of Rennes embraces all major scientific and technological fields.

The scientific campus, the green Beaulieu Campus where the Mamaself course takes place, is located in the city.


The University of Rennes 1 has a dynamic international relations policy. The ongoing development of international courses and scientific collaborations has enabled us to reach outstanding results.

On a teaching level, we offer degrees taught exclusively in English:master's degrees, double degreeswith international partners and off-campus training sessions.

Our scientific collaborations include 17 International Associated Laboratories (LIAs) and International Research Groups (GDRIs) in conjunction with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) or the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM).

Numerous incoming and outgoing students, lecturers and researchers from all over the world, in addition to our commitment to increase mobility for non-teaching staff, characterise the global network of Université de Rennes 1. UR1 is involved in 180 bilateral contracts of the Erasmus program.

The policy of Université de Rennes 1 is to conduct excellent fundamental and disciplinary research of scientific and technological relevance by promoting the emergence of highly innovative and risky projects and providing modern facilities and fostering transdisciplinary researchto address major current and future societal issues.

Research at University Rennes1

University Rennes 1 is a major centre for multidisciplinary research, renowned on both a national and international level and part of the international scientific community.

Research performed at Université de Rennes 1 is renowned on both a national and international level in a variety of fields. To name but a few, its Mathematics and Chemistry departments are among the top 150+ and 200+, respectively, in Shanghai’s ranking, while Earth sciences appear in the 200+ in QS ranking.

Nearly all of its 1600 faculties and scientists, along with ca. 1100 PhD students, are gathered in 32 research units/laboratories co-labelled by prestigious national research bodies.

University of Montpellier


The Institute of Chemistry, created in 1879, became the Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Chemistry of Montpellier in 1941. Montpellier had already a long-established medical college and a school of Pharmacy, but also a respected Royal Society of Sciences created in 1706. In 1810, a Faculty of Science started with initially seven chairs: mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, zoology, botany, and mineralogy.

In 1964, the faculty left the center of Montpellier to settle in a 30-hectare campus to the north of the city on which 146 000 m2 of buildings for teaching and research were built.

The University Montpellier (called Université des Sciences & Techniques) is a multi-discipline university whose teaching and research center on the sciences and technological research. Montpellier belongs now to the Top 10 of French Universities. It currently has over 13 000 students, 1130 professors, 1800 administrative and technical staff. The university is considerably older than its formal founding date, associated with a bull issued by Pope Nicholas IV in 1289, combining all the long-existing schools into a university.

Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier

The Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux, Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (ICGM) was founded January 1, 2007. As a major actor of the chemistry pole (Pôle Chimie Balard) on the site of Montpellier. The ambition of ICGM is to present a center of excellence in research, education and technology transfer, in the fields of molecular and materials chemistry.

The Institute pools the expertise of chemists, physicists, and pharmacists in eight teams, renowned in the fields of molecular, macromolecular and inorganic synthesis, solid-state chemistry, materials science, theory and modeling, catalysis, energy generation and storage, electronics, and healthcare.


The University of Montpellier welcomes 2332 international students coming from all over the world and especially from Europe and the Mediterranean countries. Furthermore, the University of Montpellier appears in the prestigious Shangaï ranking and is situated among the ten best French Universities.

The University of Montpellier is strongly involved in a variety of international projects in different frameworks. UM2 has also a huge experience in the Erasmus program. This implies an operating infrastructure for welcome service offered to foreign students. UM2 has put the development of Erasmus Mundus and related programs as one of the highest priorities of the university.

Technische Universität München (TUM)

The Technische Universität München first saw the light of day in 1868 in the form of the independent 'Royal Polytechnic'. As Carl Max von Bauernfeind, its first rector, said in his inauguration address, the establishment was founded to "bring the vitalizing sparks of science to bear on technology". Since the time of its foundation, the Technische Universität München has earned itself an international reputation in many fields: we can point out with pride that a number of Nobel Prize winners originate from our university.

The Technische Universität München holds a unique position in Europe in terms of the choice of fields it offers. The courses cover all areas of the natural and engineering sciences, along with medicine and life sciences.

The teaching programs of the Technische Universität München include 26 courses leading to a German Diplom degree, and 45 bachelor's and master's courses have recently been introduced.

Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich enjoys a centuries-old tradition and today is one of the most internationally renowned and strongest research universities in Germany.

People come to LMU Munich seeking its unique academic diversity. Its 18 faculties give around 700 professors and 3,000 academic staff room to research and teaching. They offer a wide and well-rounded range of learning opportunities that cover all areas, whether humanities and cultural studies, law, economics, and sociology, or medicine and the sciences.

Our research statistics speak for themselves: LMU Munich is part of 24 Collaborative Research Centers funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is host university of 13 of them. It also hosts 12 DFG Research Training Groups and three international doctorate programs as part of the Elite Network of Bavaria. It attracts an additional 120 million euros per year in outside funding and is intensively involved in national and international funding initiatives. All this demonstrates why LMU Munich regularly gets top marks in national and international rankings.

With degree programs available in 150 subjects in numerous combinations, the array of courses we have to offer is extremely wide. Some 47,000 students, 16 percent of whom come to us from abroad, are currently taking advantage of these opportunities. They view their studies as an investment in the future, a launching pad for their later careers. We put our faith in imagination, open minds, and creative intelligence.

University of Torino

With 65,000 students, 4,000 professors and staff, 4,000 post-graduate and post-doctoral students, 120 buildings in various areas of Turin and at key points across the Piedmont Region, the University of Turin can truly claim to be a kind of city-within-a-city, promoting culture, generating research, innovation, training, and employment. With six hundred years of tradition behind it and a rich asset of modern resources, the University of Turin has held up to its mission right up to the present day and will continue to do so into the future.

The University boasts twelve Schools which cover virtually every field of knowledge and three of the top eleven research centers in the country.

Some of the degrees offered are unique in Italy, such as Military Strategy, Biotechnologies, Restoration (Venaria), Business, Sport Sciences. The School of Public Policy and Administration which nurtures the next generation of managers for the city and the region.

Turin University, which has always been at the avant-garde for research, is branching out into newer, but equally important sectors such as agriculture and food science, social politics, IT, performing arts, communication sciences and preservation of cultural heritage. The University is also dedicated to carrying forward its glorious tradition of research in traditional subjects such as history, philosophy, law, economics, and medicine.

The University has been a key player in prestigious projects such as “The City of Health and Science”. It takes a close interest in the area’s network of museums, ranging from Egyptian to contemporary art. It runs its own media, radio, television and film productions.

It is also active on an international level, with partnerships with India, China and with a number of emerging countries in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean and with a number of international organizations active in the region.

Adam Mickiewicz University

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan is the major academic institution in Poznań and one of the top Polish universities. Currently, its student population is nearly 40 000 students and 1 300 Ph.D. students. The mission of the University is to advance knowledge through high-quality research and teaching in partnership with business, public services and developing social responsibility.

The University continuously extends and updates research programs and content of study curricula, with special emphasis on their interdisciplinary and international nature.

The University currently employs nearly 3,000 teaching staff, including 370 tenured professors, and over 2200 nonacademic employees. AMU comprises 15 faculties, among others Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Physics and Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Very important for the development of scientific research have two major research centers: NanoBioMedical Center and Center for Advanced Technologies.

Associated partners

The Mamaself consortium has strong relations with Partner Institutions in Europe and outside Europe. Mamaself students can spend their Master thesis semester (SEM 4) at one of the Partner Institutions of the Mamaself consortium. As all partners belong to the leading groups worldwide in their discipline this is as a chance for our students to undergo internships in these laboratories and to get an excellent research thematic and activities for their Master thesis.

  • Kyoto University - Japan
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology - Japan
  • Paul Scherrer Institute - Switzerland
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras - India
  • Cornell University - USA
  • University of Connecticut - USA
  • Southern Federal University - Russia
  • University of Sao Paulo - Brazil

Large scale facilities

The Mamaself consortium is strongly connected to Large Scale Facilities. This program will give the students the opportunity to work with and at Large Scale Facilities during the Master course, and that way acquire specific sought competencies.

Why Large Scale Facilities?

Synchrotron radiation beamlines are high-performance instruments that allow obtaining multi-scale and multi-task researches on materials of industrial as well as fundamental interest. Given their strategic importance, each UE governments commit an overall budget of more than 100 million euros for each national synchrotron source. The industrial demand in the field is quite extended, ranging from pharmaceutics to biotechnologies, from chemistry (petrochemistry) to materials (metals, alloys, plastics, polymers, ceramics, glasses, etc.), from microelectronics to aeronautics, from the environment to energy sources.

Mamaself partners at Large Scale Facilities

The consortium disposes on a variety of research projects in relation to “Large Scale Facilities” as well as industry partnerships on a European level.

Mamaself students can spend their Master thesis semester (SEM 4) at one of the Partner Institutions of the Mamaself consortium if they choose a related subject.

ILL Grenoble, France

The Institut Laue-Langevin is an international research center at the leading edge of neutron science and technology. As the world’s flagship center for neutron science, the ILL provides scientists with a very high flux of neutrons feeding some 40 state-of-the-art instruments, which are constantly being developed and upgraded.

As a service institute, the ILL makes its facilities and expertise available to visiting scientists. Every year, some 1400 researchers from over 40 countries visit the ILL. More than 800 experiments selected by a scientific review committee are performed annually. Research focuses primarily on fundamental science in a variety of fields: condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology, nuclear physics and materials science, etc.

Whilst some are working on engine designs, fuels, plastics, and household products, others are looking at biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. Still, others may be elucidating the physics that could contribute to the electronic devices of the future. ILL can specially tailor its neutron beams to probe the fundamental processes that help to explain how our universe came into being, why it looks the way it does today and how it can sustain life.

The ILL also collaborates closely and at different levels of confidentiality with the R&D departments of industrial enterprises.

All the scientists at the ILL - chemists, physicists, biologists, crystallographers, specialists in magnetism and nuclear physics - are also experts in neutron research and technology and their combined know-how is made available to the scientific community.

The ILL delivers intense neutron beams to 40 scientific instruments covering many research domains in materials science. Some 800 experiments are conducted each year by about 1400 researchers in solid-state physics, chemistry, crystallography, geology, soft matter or biology.

ESRF Grenoble, France

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), located in Grenoble France, is one of the most intense sources of synchrotron generated X-rays light, worldwide competing with other 3rd generation synchrotron sources in the US (APS) and Japan (Spring-8). Funded by 13 member states and 8 scientific associates, ESRF allow about 6500 scientific visitors per year to access 43 beamlines, specialized in one of the following domains: hard condensed matter science, applied material science, engineering, chemistry, soft condensed matter science, life sciences, structural biology, medicine, earth and science, environment, cultural heritage, methods, and instrumentation.

For materials science investigations, techniques of preference such as diffraction, spectroscopy or imaging reach extremely high resolution and performance due to the very high brilliance and low convergence of synchrotron light beam. This allows highly micro-focused analyses or ultra-fast time-resolved experiments down to a resolution of a few picoseconds.

LLB Saclay, France

The Laboratoire Leon Brillouin (LLB) is a French national laboratory funded by the Center National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA). The LLB promotes the use of neutron scattering and spectroscopy in fundamental and applied science. The LLB develops and maintain spectrometers on beamlines installed on Orphee, a 14MWh reactor at Saclay which delivers neutron flux since 1980. The LLB welcome and assists each year about 500 visitors who come for a short period to conduct experiments after their proposals have been selected. The LLB also develops its own research topics. The scientific activity is mainly distributed among three domains in condensed matter: physical-chemistry, structural aspects and phase transitions of materials, magnetism, and superconductivity.

Synchrotron Soleil, France

The synchrotron light source SOLEIL is a national French 3rd generation synchrotron operated in Saclay by CNRS (Center National de la Recherche Scientifique) and CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives). SOLEIL was set in replacement of the older French synchrotron light-source LURE (Orsay) and delivered its first photons in 2008. SOLEIL offers to researchers 32 beamlines covering a wide range of spectroscopic methods from infrared to X-rays, and structural methods in X-ray diffraction and diffusion. Main research domains are physics, chemistry, material sciences, life sciences (notably in the crystallography of biological macromolecules), earth sciences, and atmospheric sciences.

PSI Villigen, Switzerland

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute which belongs to the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain covering also ETH Zurich and EPFL. It was established in 1988. The PSI is a multi-disciplinary research center for the natural sciences and technology. In national and international collaboration with universities, other research institutes, and industry, PSI is active in solid-state physics, materials sciences, elementary particle physics, life sciences, nuclear and non-nuclear energy research, and energy-related ecology.

PSI is a User Laboratory, offering access to its facilities to researchers affiliated to many different institutions, and it runs several particle accelerators. The 590 MeV cyclotron, with its 72 MeV companion pre-accelerator, is one of them. As of 2011, it delivers a proton beam of up to 2.2 mA, which is the world record for such proton cyclotrons. It drives the spallation neutron source complex. The Swiss Light Source (SLS), built in 2001, is a synchrotron light source with a 2.4 GeV electron storage ring. It is one of the world's best with respect to electron beam brilliance and stability. An X-ray free-electron laser called SwissFEL is currently under construction and is slated to begin operation in 2016.

Research fields:

  • Solid-state physics and materials sciences
  • Elementary particle physics
  • Life sciences and medicine
  • Nuclear energy and nuclear safety
  • Non-nuclear energy
  • Energy-related ecology
FRM II Munich, Germany

The research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) is a central scientific institute of the Technische Universität München (TUM) housed on the premises of the Research Center in Garching. The FRM II came into user operation in 2005 and provides neutrons for science, industry, and medicine.

The source is placed at the disposal of the industry for about 30 % of the usable beam time. This includes both industry-related research, funded by the public purse and contract research, funded by industry e.g. the doping of silicon for the semiconductor industry, the production of radioisotopes for nuclear medicine and industry, elemental analysis and tumor therapy.

The core aim of the reactor operation is to provide a high neutron flux. It is not used to generate electricity. With 20 megawatts of thermal power, the FRM II produces only about 0.6 % of the thermal power produced by a conventional nuclear power plant to generate electricity. It has the world's best thermal ratio of performance to neutron flux and is thus one of the most effective and modern neutron sources in the world.


Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste (in Italy) is a multidisciplinary international research center, part of the Area Science Park, a National Research Laboratory aimed at conjugating excellence in Scientific Research with technology know-how transfer.

Elettra is specialized in generating high-quality synchrotron and free-electron laser electromagnetic radiation and applying it in materials science. It produces light ranging from ultraviolet to X-rays. The spectral brightness available on most beamlines is up to 1019 photons/s/mm2/mrad2/0.1%bw and the peak brightness of the FEL sources is expected to go up to 1030 photons/s/mm2/mrad2/0.1%bw.

Elettra can offer to researchers 28 beamlines covering a wide range of spectroscopies in different areas of scientific research: from chemistry to physics, from hard-material sciences to soft matter and biology.

Several experimental techniques are used in these beamlines: Photoelectron Emission, Imaging, Scattering and Diffraction, Absorption/Emission/Reflection, Lithography.

Due to its strategic geographical position, Elettra attracts a lot of scientific researchers from Center and East Europe as a part of the primary network for science and technology of the Central Europe Initiative (CEI).



University of Rennes 1, Rue du Thabor
35000 Rennes, Brittany, France


Technische Universität München, Arcisstraße,21
80333 Munich, Bavaria, Germany


University of Torino, Via Giuseppe Verdi,8
10124 Turin, Piedmont, Italy