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#1 Yerun News: What's up at young universities?


The first-ever YERUN newsletter is out! What's up at young universities? provides a series of news and views in different research fields currently being implemented by YERUN members. Through innovative approaches, young universities are making a difference in society, as you will discover in the fantastic examples we have selected for you. 





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Published: January 31, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

  • 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
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