EVOluTION is a pioneering network within the EU that will focus on endogenous protective mechanisms.

The network will provide training for eleven young researchers in innovative therapeutic strategies, integrating early detection and prevention, to yield novel approaches to the management of chronic vascular and metabolic diseases that affect the increasing ageing population of Western societies.

Fully aligned with the knowledge triangle platform of business, research and higher education being developed by the EU, EVOluTION-trained young scientists will gain valuable knowledge and multidisciplinary skills. We believe that only interdisciplinary and cross-cutting research can lead to novel therapeutic tools and scientific angles to address these challenging medical, societal and industrial issues.


EVOluTION PhD students from left: Angelina Pavlic, Ploingarm Petsophonsakul, Ernesto Ruivo, Chiara Moretti, Antonino Cacace, Silvia Oggero, Monika Maciuszek, Sanne Maas, Laura Menke, Rebecca Sienel and Jan Nagenborg.



EVOluTION provides a conducive structure by bringing five leading academic institutions and one SME (small and medium sized enterprise), together with six pharma and biotech companies, one policy-maker, and one patent and trade firm, from six EU countries.The science of EVOluTION evolves around the innovative concept of boosting natural protective mechanisms operating in our body, focusing on the vasculature, to answer three key questions:

  1. Can we exploit mediators and targets of endogenous tissue protection

  2. Can we exploit these pathways to yield innovative therapeutic strategies

  3. Can dietary approaches boost these endogenous protective processes?


The Network institutions guarantee delivery of training through knowledge creation, knowledge exploitation and knowledge communication. We will exploit the scientific and educational expertise of the institutions, leaders in areas like computational chemistry, nutraceuticals, resolution pharmacology and vascular therapies.

The EVOluTION training platform is based on state-of-the-art lab-based network-wide and local training activities, including secondments and scientific visits and specialised transferable skills focussed on entrepreneurship and societal engagement.

Download the EVOluTION poster [PDF 402KB]for a brief summary of this  ITN. 

EVOluTION H2020 MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN 675111
EU Contribution: 2,887,041.24 €
Duration: April 1st 2016 – March 31st 2020


Latest news

The second newsletter is now available to download: EVOluTION newsletter 2 July 17 [PDF 3,824KB]

MRCT is now known as LifeArc. One of our beneficiaries has had a name change. You can find out more on their website ( ) and the news page

The Summer School programme for 2017 is now available to download.



Events 2017

Upcoming Events

  • Summer School I, London, 6th -8th September 2017
  • Workshop, Mid Term Review and Annual Meeting, Maastricht, March 2018