Young European

Research Universities

Our Mission

The founding goals of the Network are to strengthen and develop cooperation in the areas of research, academic education and service to society among a cluster of highly-ranked, young research universities in Europe on an equal basis and for their common benefit.


  • Fighting against COVID-19: Young universities adapting to an unprecedented situation

    Among the many things that characterise life in the 21st century, there is a sense of omnipotence that distinguishes us, human beings. Used to be always interconnected, always on the go, always accustomed to do as we please, inebriated by the conviction that anything we wish is possible, we often tend to forget how small we are in the greater order of things. Who could imagine, no longer than a month ago, that life as we knew it could be turned upside down so quickly? And, to cap it all, by something so small, so invisible to the human eye as a virus. And yet, it happened. And it is forcing all of us, in our public and private lives, to completely rethink our long-rooted habits. 

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    Published: March 24, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    YERUN expresses full support for its members following Covid-19 outbreak

    The current circumstances are unprecedented: the outbreak of the Covid-19 is putting our communities, our countries, and the whole globe under great pressure, forcing us to re-think our habits, our priorities, our way of working and collaborating. 

    The YERUN office would like to express its full support to its members, which are working tirelessly to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak, ensuring to the greatest possible extent the continuation of their activities, providing online solutions and services and, most importantly, guaranteeing the wellbeing of their students and staff. In light of these developments, together collectively, we have therefore decided to postpone our upcoming meetings to a later date or, whenever possible, hold them in an online format. 

    The YERUN office stays at full disposal of its members for any support they might need and wishes them all the best in this challenging moment. 

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    Published: March 18, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
  • #2 YERUN News: What's up at young universities?

    In our fast-changing world, overwhelmed by new and often unexpected challenges, universities remain key enablers of impactful knowledge and world-changing discovery. Research projects that contribute to make a real change in the societies we live in deserve to be highlighted. 

    This is why in this month's edition of "What's up at Young Universities?" we decided to propose you a selection of some ERC projects currently ongoing at YERUN institutions.

    Click here to read the YERUN February Newsletter!

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    Published: February 29, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    SCOPE: Plasma to help make chemistry sustainable

    According to four top scientists, plasma will play a crucial role in how we tackle climate change. “With the help of plasma, we can convert methane, CO2 and nitrogen into renewable fuels and new chemicals in a sustainable way”, explains Annemie Bogaerts, professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Antwerp. The European Research Council is investing ten million in the research.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
  • SENSOTRA: Sensory environment changes across generations

    Professor of Cultural Studies Helmi Järviluoma at the University of Eastern Finland holds an ERC Advanced Grant (1.9 million euros, 2016–2021) to investigate sensory environments, transgenerational environmental relationships and changes thereto.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    Promoting research collaboration in the face of BREXIT

    Despite uncertainties on the future of post-Brexit academic cooperation, YERUN members continue to promote research collaboration across the Channel. Between 30-31  January 2020, 11 early career and established researchers from the University of Essex have visited the University of Konstanz and explored new research opportunities.

    "Research has always been a truly trans-boundary endeavour. YERUN provides a unique network of outstanding European universities. In a post-Brexit uncertainty it will be of vital importance to stay united." These are the words of Prof. Dr. Michael Stürner, Vice Rector for Teaching and Curricular Affairs at the University of Konstanz.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
  • TiNT: Examining interpretations of the New Testament

    Dublin City University lecturer Dr. Garrick Allen received a EUR 1.5 million, 5 year ERC grant for his study, Titles of the New Testament: A New Approach to Manuscripts and the History of Interpretation (TiNT). This project will examine what manuscripts say about the ways the New Testament (NT) was interpreted by the communities that produced them and map the ways that interpretations changed over time. This is accomplished by comprehensively analysing the forms and wordings of the title preserved in nearly all Greek NT manuscripts (c. 3500).

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    LUDEME: Modelling the Evolution of Traditional Games with "Digital Archeoludology"

    Humans, throughout history, have played a variety of games that are often embedded in a particular culture. Games also serve as social lubricants that help people interact with one another across cultural, linguistic, and other social boundaries. But while there exists ample evidence of games in the archaeological and historical records, we know very little about how these games were actually played until relatively recently, creating huge gaps in our knowledge of this important part of our cultural heritage.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
  • GENPOP: Genes, genealogies and the evolution of demographic change and social inequality

    A new study will chart shifting population patterns in Europe and the United States over the past 200 years using big data including online genealogy information, historical micro-census data and genetic information. The project is being led by Dr Nicola Barban, from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, thanks to a €2m ERC Consolidator grant.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    DEEPCAT: Degradable Plastics

    Plastics that can be degraded should they find their way into the environment: To achieve this goal, Stefan Mecking, professor of chemistry at the University of Konstanz, was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Stefan Mecking and his research team have been awarded approximately 2.5 million euros in funding to study degradable plastics that can degrade at the molecular level at designed break points without harming the environment.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

  • JUNE-SEPTEMBER

    Antwerp Summer University: full programme launched!

    Since 2010, Antwerp Summer University offers short-term academic programmes of high quality based on the excellence of the University of Antwerp and its partners. From a tiny initiative in 2010 with 70 students in 3 programmes, Antwerp Summer University has grown into an established Summer University, expecting over 500 students from over 60 countries in 2020.

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    JULY

    UPF: Barcelona International Summer School

    Registrations for the UPF academic summer programme, the Barcelona International Summer School (BISS),  will open on February 10, 2020. The full catalogue of the BISS 2020 is available on the website Students can choose among 33 courses taught in English or Spanish. The schedules and calendars (during the month of July) are based on modules, so that students have the flexibility to combine courses of 4, 2 or 1 week at the heart of Barcelona, in our Ciutadella Campus, creating a vibrant and motivating environment for participating students who are looking for an intellectually challenging summer experience.

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  • JULY-AUGUST

    Maastricht University Summer School

    This summer Maastricht University will open her doors again to welcome students attending Maastricht Summer School (MSS). Choose from more than 40 different courses in a large variety of subjects in the fields of Business & Economics, Science, Social Sciences, Law & Politics and Arts & Culture.

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    JULY
    20-31

    Essex International Summer School 2020

    Meet the world in one place next summer at Essex! Applications are now open for University of Essex’ 2020 International Summer School, which will take place from Monday 20 July to Friday 31 July 2020. This exciting two-week programme (25 contact hours in total) combines high-quality teaching with a programme of social activities and excursions allowing you to experience the best of British culture and history.

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  • JULY-AUGUST

    Maastricht University Summer School

    This summer Maastricht University will open her doors again to welcome students attending Maastricht Summer School (MSS). Choose from more than 40 different courses in a large variety of subjects in the fields of Business & Economics, Science, Social Sciences, Law & Politics and Arts & Culture.

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    JUNE-SEPTEMBER

    Antwerp Summer University: full programme launched!

    Since 2010, Antwerp Summer University offers short-term academic programmes of high quality based on the excellence of the University of Antwerp and its partners. From a tiny initiative in 2010 with 70 students in 3 programmes, Antwerp Summer University has grown into an established Summer University, expecting over 500 students from over 60 countries in 2020.

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  • OCTOBER
    14-16
    09:00

    POSTPONED - YERUN Sport Days 2020

    The "YERUN Sport Days" are a collaboration between YERUN, the University of Antwerp and the PCU Committee. The PCU Committee is the university part of Panathlon International, an association recognised by the International Olympic Committee. During three days, each YERUN member is free to participate in a program including a YERUN workshop for professionals on Wednesday, a YERUN dinner for students and professionals on Thursday evening and the complete sports and event program from Wednesday to Friday of the PCU Games for student teams. The YERUN Sport days offer a platform where students and sport offices experience the advantages of the YERUN network and where awareness about the network is created among our students, all within an International Olympic Committee recognised framework of sport, fair play and universal friendship.

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