The Orion project includes six partners:

The University of St Andrews

The University of St. Andrews (UK) comprises 16 academic schools, including the Medical School, which was reformed in October 2002 and includes 60 academic staff, research fellows, and research assistants and a large group of honorary clinical academic staff, who contribute to teaching.


Business Solutions Europa

Business Solutions Europa (UK) is a dynamic European affairs consultancy with offices in UK and Brussels. Its goals are to “bring Europe closer to the needs of Europeans” by facilitating dialogue and the exchange of information with key institutions and actors and helping to develop ideas and European projects. The Business Solutions Europa team is multilingual and possesses a unique skill set, including: knowledge of EU policies and processes, strategic and media communication abilities, and sound experience in the management of EU and international projects.



Synergia (IT)

Synergia (IT) is an Italian social research, training, and consulting firm that has operated since 1989 in the field of social and health policy. Synergia has developed hundreds of research projects for the public sector, private companies, and third sector on local, national, and European levels—deploying solid scientific expertise with a strong commitment to operating efficacy and timely delivery. Synergia possesses strong knowledge and abilities on the issue of Social Information Systems, on the organisation and quality evaluation of social and health services, and on social needs and socio-demographic surveys on trend analysis.


Aarhus University Hospital

Aarhus University Hospital (DK) consists of four university teaching hospitals, including the Psychiatric Hospital. The hospital includes a 24-hour emergency unit, two psychiatric units, a geronto-psychiatric unit, and a forensic unit, as well as six community psychiatric centres and six units for specialised psychiatry. The Psychiatric Services assume responsibility for graduate and undergraduate medical training and include a research centre (WHO Collaborating Centre) and a staff education and training department.


Institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen

Institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen (DE) includes the Department of Addictive Behaviour and Addiction Medicine, LVR-Hospital Essen (formerly The Rhine State Hospital Essen), which was founded in 1974 and is a hospital of the University Duisburg-Essen providing psychiatric inpatient and outpatient care. The University Hospital Essen consists of several departments focusing on basic (theoretical) and practical medicine.


University of Milano Bicocca

University of Milano Bicocca (IT) is a young, dynamic and multidisciplinary university, which has created an extensive network including many world-famous universities, research centres, and top corporations. Its Department of Neurosciences and Biomedical Technologies is a partner in the ORION project.