UPTAKE is a consortium of three partners – the University of Tartu in Estonia, Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Kent in the UK –  in the field of Russian and East European Studies. The goal of the consortium is to increase research productivity and excellence through a diverse programme of joint activities, including the launch of new academic conference series, the organisation of workshops and post-graduate training schools, extensive inter-institutional mobility, joint supervision of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, and coordinated promotion of research outputs, as well as a range of dissemination and communication measures.

The consortium is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691818 (“Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent”).

The acronym UPTAKE stands for Uppsala, Tartu and Kent and refers to the “ability to learn new things, to understand what is happening or being said,” as well as “an act or instance of absorbing and incorporating, especially into a living organism, tissue, or cell” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Therefore, the acronym reflects the project’s emphasis on producing new knowledge, making sense of the world, and improving research institutions by transferring and absorbing new knowledge and skills.

Click here to read more about the UPTAKE partner institutions.