We are in that time of the year again: September, the start of the new academic year! In normal times, this means a new beginning, full of hopes and renewed energies. But in 2020, it is an odd beginning, that feels more like a prolongation of the ‘locked’ spring we went through a few months ago. This month, we will provide you with an overview of how the beginning go the new academic year looks like across our network. We will also present you three inspiring YERUN women who were awarded in the #EUwomen4future campaign. We will share interesting facts on the recently awarded ERC Starting Grants and MSCA RISE actions, and other research news. Enjoy your read!