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ELLIS knows that collaboration between industry and academia is key to bringing Europe to the forefront of developments in machine learning and AI. Through the sponsorship program, ELLIS focuses on creating and deepening these connections and strengthening initiatives to train the next generation of researchers, retain top talent in Europe, push technical innovation, and respond to urgent challenges in the field.

ELLIS sponsors

ELLIS sponsors are often top industry players and key stakeholders in machine learning and AI in Europe.
Sponsors work closely with ELLIS units to enrich local ecosystems, guide European policy and regulation, and contribute to developments in innovation. These industry players gain access to ELLIS’ network of senior researchers and its talent pool of younger scientists through sponsorship, strengthening the connection between industry trends and cutting-edge research. As stakeholders themselves, our sponsors know the value of supporting a strong and diverse European ecosystem in AI and machine learning.

What sponsorship supports

Sponsorship is fundamental to the ELLIS units, who work to engage local stakeholders and act as coordinator and conduit of their native ecosystem.
Sponsors are typically close partners for their units, and can also be involved in developing projects, strengthening the ecosystem, or guiding the network’s growth. ELLIS sponsors additionally support the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc program, ELLIS research workshops, mobility and exchanges for cross-Europe collaboration, and network activities such as summer schools, bootcamps, lecture series, and networking opportunities.


By contributing to the development and growth of the ELLIS network, ELLIS sponsors gain access to two levels of benefits.
Sponsors get benefits at both their local unit, and through the ELLIS society. The program is tiered for both of these levels, with Bronze, Silver, and Gold access. Unit-level benefits are discussed between the unit and the sponsor, as different units organize different types of events and opportunities depending on their size, setup, research capacity, number of sponsors, and the maturity of their ecosystem. Society-wide benefits are centrally coordinated, but still managed through the units.

There are two ways to become an ELLIS sponsor

Sponsors can choose to support the ELLIS units either directly, or through in-kind by funding the unit’s PhD and Postdocs. See Ellis’s website for details on the sponsorship levels.

Benefactors can also directly support the ELLIS society and all ELLIS units in Europe through donation. 

Contact Conrad Philipp (conrad.philipp@uni-jena.de) for details on the sponsorship programme and the benefits provided by the ELLIS unit Jena.