The University of Padua (UNIPD) was founded in 1222 and is the third oldest university in the world. To date it offers its students 32 departments, 37 doctoral degree courses activated this year, 2 international doctoral degree courses and 44 research and service centres across the spectrum of sciences, medicine, social sciences and humanities, with more than 2,000 professors and researchers employed. The University of Padua manages almost 300 European research projects (out of which 42 funded by H2020), is one of the first subscribers of the Statement of Commitment for the implementation of the European Charter of Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C), and was rewarded with the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo by the European Commission in 2012. The International Research Office is a reference point for researchers who intend to make use of EU and international funds for research projects. The ESRs will have access to the large Engineering Central Library, and to a modern engineering computing centre (PINECA, www.pineca.unipd.it). Students and researchers are supported in their search for accommodation by a devoted service (SASSA, www.sassa.org). The Multimedia Centre & E-Learning (CMELA) offer support for a variety of information and dissemination activities.