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Stimuli Responsive Materials for the Rapid Detection and Treatment of healthcare Associated Infections


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE

grant agreement No 955664



STIMULUS is a European Training Network working on reducing healthcare-associated infections. We train early-stage researchers (Ph.D. students) for a career in biomaterials by researching smart wound dressings that can detect and treat bacterial infections without opening the wound.

To accomplish this, STIMULUS combines the expertise of organic, macromolecular, physical and materials chemists, materials scientists, electronic engineers, biotechnologists, medical doctors (clinicians), (micro)biologists, government policy experts, and representatives from both SMEs and large enterprises. Our consortium bridges from academia and medical research institutes to policymakers and industry.

Our researchers get individualized and joint training in all these disciplines and relevant sectors along the value chain, giving them a unique and genuinely interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral training experience.

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University of Siegen, 7-8 May 2024

Workshop days

Workshop 8 focused on the all too often neglected topic of gender awareness, sex- and gender sensitive medicine.

Workshop 9 was dedicated to ethics in Science with a focus on nanotoxicology and nanomaterials. Click to open the booklet.

First International STIMULUS Conference, Darmstadt (Germany), 28-29 Sept. 2023

Our first ESR-led conference has ended. Congratulations to all participants for this great experience!

Visit our related page to get an impression of the sessions and some more relaxed moments, listen to short excerpts from the poster presentations, read about the speakers and their contributions.

Training school in Istanbul (Türkiye)

14-16 November 2022

The  three-days training  event focused on entreneurship, intellectual property and licensing,  and marked an important step in

starting to equip ESRs with some early entrepreneurial and management skills.

​STIMULUS Summer School

​7-14 August, Hirschegg (Austria)

The Summer School represented another important step in deepening the scientific discussions started in Amsterdam. The location, the landscape and the joint walks also proved to be a perfect motivator for planning further workshops and activities.

Some inspiring pictures here.

Combined CEMBO & STIMULUS Training School

After a week of intensive meetings and workshops, we are able to draw a first positive balance of our research and activities. ​Visual impressions here


Media News

Trend-setting healthcare technologies. Megatrend Nanomedicine

​Tiny particles with enormous effect


In the September issue of its journal MedUnique-people, the Association for thePromotion of Science and Research (vfwf) of the Medical University of Vienna has devoted an article in their series Megatrends in Medicine to the promising advancements offered by nanotechnology.

A special mention was credited to the research efforts of the group around Prof. Erik Reimhult and the STIMULUS project.

Full article and interview with Professor Reimhult here (only German).


2022: new videos introducing our ESRs are online.

Emilie, excited of being part of a project that has the potential to help save lives in the future.

Atif, who gave up his manager job to devote himself to scientific research.

Nazneen, staying true to her dreams and projects.

View all videos here

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