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.


  • Speeding up treatments against tuberculosis

    Accelerating the development of antibiotics against all forms of tuberculosis is the objective of ERA4TB (European Regimen Accelerator for Tuberculosis), one of the largest European scientific projects in this area of research. This consortium, which includes a significant number of Spanish researchers, is being coordinated by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), led by GlaxoSmithKline Spain and is under the scientific management of the Pasteur Institute. With a team of more than thirty public and private organisations and a budget over 200 million euro, ERA4TB aims to radically transform the way in which new therapies are developed for the treatment of tuberculosis.

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    Melanoma cells secreting secrets

    A new study from Finland sheds fresh light on how melanoma cells interact with other cells via extracellular vesicles they secrete. The researchers found that extracellular vesicles secreted by melanoma cells use the so-called hedgehog signalling pathway to intensify the malignant properties of the cells they are targeting. The discovery can help in the development of better treatment and diagnostics for melanoma. 

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
  • Take a picture to save the coral reef!

    “Colorful diversity, white death – what can colors tell us about coral reefs?” is the motto of the photography competition being held in the frame of the next International Coral Reef Symposium, which will be held in Bremen for the first time in July 2020. Entries will be accepted until February 29.

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    Uncovering the roots of plant evolution

    Academics at Essex have achieved a major breakthrough by discovering the key moments which led plants to first emerge from the water onto land 500 million years ago. The research was led by evolutionary scientist Alex Bowles from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Essex and published in the journal Current Biology in January.

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
  • New chair at Maastricht University with focus on LGBTQI+ Diversity and Health

    The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Professor Kai J. Jonas on the chair “Applied Social Psychology with special focus on LGBTQI+ Diversity and Health. Jonas: “I think it’s great that UM has dared to appoint a professor on this chair. In the Netherlands (and the world), not many universities take this step.” With Jonas added, the so-called ‘pink professors’ can be counted on one hand. “Therefore, this appointment also has a symbolic function. It’s a societal and political signal, we’re saying: this is important.” People with an LGBTQI+ background are often missing a role model. “What they see the most is what they don’t want to become. We, as a university, want to tell the world, our employees, and our students: you can be who you want to be.”

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    Gender Equality in Academia and Research? Getting there!

    Gender Equality is identified as a continued problem in the EU, with women suffering a great deal of disparity in access to leadership positions as compared to their male counterparts, also in the academic world. SPEAR (Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research) is a structured response to this situation.  

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
  • Bat flowers teach us robot navigation

    Sonar is essential for robots and self-driving cars as it is a very cost-effective sensor for distance measurements, but it also has limitations. Prof. Jan Steckel, who works at the University of Antwerp, Department of Electronics and ICT, Dr Ralph Simon from the Ecological Science Department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and their German colleagues from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg discovered bioinspired signs to make robot navigation more efficient. 

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    ‘Basically’ banning slang can ‘like’ stifle learning

    Policing how school children speak and write isn’t a great way to teach them how to use formal English and effects inclusiveness in the classroom, says new study from Brunel University London.

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
  • What's up with German start-ups? 

    StartupSÜD is the newest alliance of Ulm University and the universities of applied sciences in Neu-UlmBiberach and Ulm. The goal: to support and promote start-ups and young founders. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has now announced to support the alliance with EUR 4 million through the funding initiative EXIST.

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    An open access model for nano research

    “The open-access model we are employing here in DCU for the Nano Research Facility is the way of the future when it comes to partnerships between academic research and industry” - Prof. Greg Hughes, Vice President of Research in Dublin City University.

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    Published: January 30, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

  • MARCH
    16
    9:30 - 16:00

    YERUN Dialogue on Graduate Employability

    In a moment of reflection on the future of universities in Europe and ahead of the EC Communication on the future ERA and EEA, it is high time to talk about the employability of students and early career researchers! Join the YERUN dialogue on Employability on 16 March!

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    APRIL
    1-3

    Staff Week "From Cotutelles to Joint Programmes – Challenges and Opportunities“

    The upcoming Staff Week „From Cotutelles to Joint Programmes – Challenges and Opportunities“ is organized by the University of Bremen as part of the Erasmus+ project “Joint Programmes at Doctorate Level in a European university network: Linking Education and Research towards the European Education Area” (LINK EDU-RES). It will take place on the campus of the University of Bremen, Germany.

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  • APRIL
    22-24
    09:00

    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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    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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