Europe is home to the world's leading AI research community

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Europe is home to the largest share of the top 100 AI research institutions worldwide

Global rankInstitutionCountry
16Universite Paris SaclayFrance
17Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en AutomatiqueFrance
18Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
20University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
22ETH ZurichSwitzerland
25University College LondonUnited Kingdom
29University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
43King's College LondonUnited Kingdom
45Technische Universitat MunchenGermany
46University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
48University of GranadaSpain
49KU LeuvenBelgium
51Vienna University of TechnologyAustria
53University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
56University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
66EPF LausanneSwitzerland
69Ghent UniversityBelgium
73PSL Research UniversityFrance
74Czestochowa University of TechnologyPoland
78University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
79University of AmsterdamNetherlands
80University of Rome La SapienzaItaly
82Erciyes UniversityTurkey
83Universitat Politecnica de CatalunyaSpain
85Delft University of Technology Netherlands
88University of TrentoItaly
90University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
94University of FreiburgGermany
96Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
99Universidade de LisboaPortugal

Europe accounts for largest share of top 100 AI research institutions worldwide

research institutions in the global top 100 for AI-related research paper citations vs 30 from the US and 15 from China

Europe has an extraordinary pool of talent, researchers, and institutes that are fostering AI research in Europe and beyond. Which is why, when thinking about where to expand Facebook’s AI research centers - Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) - we immediately looked towards Europe. Scientific advances in AI cannot be achieved in isolation. That’s why we at FAIR Paris actively engage with the research community through publications, open source software, participation in technical conferences and workshops and collaboration with colleagues in academia. We chose France because of its world-class scientists and engineers, dynamic research community and the exciting projects happening here, as well as for the opportunities it offers to bridge the gap between public and private research through programmes like CIFRE (“Industrial Agreement for Training through Research"), which enables students to do their PhD as residents of the lab.

Antoine Bordes

  • Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research

There has been an explosion of events to bring together Europe's AI community

London and Paris are Europe's two leading hubs for AI talent

Top 15 European hubs of AI talent

RankCities with most membersChange in rank versus 2016
1London, United KingdomNo change
2Paris, FranceNo change
3Madrid, SpainNo change
4Munich, Germany1
5Berlin, Germany2
6Zurich, SwitzerlandNo change
7Barcelona, Spain-3
8Amsterdam, NetherlandsNo change
9Copenhagen, DenmarkNo change
10Frankfurt, Germany1
11Geneva, SwitzerlandNew to Top 15
12Istanbul, TurkeyNo change
13Cologne, Germany3
14Stockholm, Sweden-5
15Milan, ItalyNo change

The war for AI talent has seen Python rise to number three most in-demand programming language in Europe

Top 10 most in-demand programming languages in Europe, as sought by employers


The rise of data scientist to the top 10 most in-demand roles in the UK and France is another sign of how the race for AI talent is heating up

Top 10 most in-demand technical roles at technology companies in the UK and France

1Backend EngineerFull Stack Engineer
2Frontend EngineerBackend Engineer
3Full Stack EngineerFrontend Engineer
4Software EngineeringMobile Engineer
5Mobile EngineerSoftware Engineer
6DevOps EngineerData Scientist
7QA/Test EngineerProduct Manager
8Product ManagerDevOps Engineer
9Data ScientistUX Designer
10Engineering ManagerUI Designer