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University of Limerick & University of Rijeka join YERUN!


YERUN is delighted to announce that the University of Limerick (UL) and the University of Rijeka (UNIRI) have officially become YERUN members! This joyful event, which marks the beginning of a new exciting era for YERUN, follows the General Assembly's decision of October 2020 to initiate the network's first enlargement process. YERUN warmly welcomes the new perspectives, inspiring practices and fresh energies that these two new members will bring to the network. For YERUN, the University of Limerick and the University of Rijeka are simply a natural fit, by virtue of their values, ambitions and priorities, which perfectly match those identified by YERUN in its recently launched Strategic Plan 2021-2025. A big welcome to to UL and  UNIRI to the Young European Research Universities Network!





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Published: February 9, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

#13 YERUN News: What's up at Young Universities?


Welcome to the first YERUN newsletter of 2021! Back in December, the European Commission published the much-awaited Final Report on "A European approach to micro-credentials". The content of the report contributes to establishing a common definition for micro-credentials, the common characteristics of a European micro-credentials framework, and a roadmap of actions to ensure the take-up, validation and recognition of such courses. Working on and with micro-credentials is among YERUN's priorities under the new strategy of our network, therefore we had a look to some good practices that YERUN members have been implementing in this field. These and other news complete this month's newsletter. No better way to celebrate the International Day of Education! Enjoy your read! 





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Published: January 25, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

YERUN has a new strategy!


The Young European Research Universities Network is proud to present its new Strategy 2021-2025! 





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Published: December 17, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

Young European research universities welcome the EEA Communication


The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) warmly welcomes the publication of the European Commission's Communication “Achieving the European Education Area by 2025”. Such an ambitious Communication certainly comes at a unique moment, as the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital and green transitions are accelerating changes in the European education and training landscapes. Consequently, it seems important to develop new initiatives, foster investment in education and training, and achieve a stronger cooperation between the EU Member States so that all European citizens can benefit from high-quality education and training.





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Published: December 9, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

The new ERA Communication through the eyes of young universities


The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) warmly welcomes the publication of the Communication “A New ERA for Research and Innovation” and believes in its potential to push the European Research Area forward. In particular, YERUN strongly supports the European Commission’s will to: strengthen the national investments in R&I; further promote Open Science practices; promote diversity and inclusiveness; engage citizens, local communities and civil society; increase the cooperation between higher education and research; and strengthen synergies between EU programmes, including Horizon Europe, Erasmus, European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and private investments.





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Published: November 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

YERUN Reflection Paper on The World Higher Education after COVID-19


After four months since the beginning of lockdowns across Europe due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Monday 6 July YERUN has published a Reflection Paper on The World of Higher Education after COVID-19. The paper is structured in three parts: the first, "What has changed so far", is an overview of the challenges that we have taken stock of across our networks and the solutions identified so far by our members; the second part, "What is coming next" explores three possible post-COVID-19 horizons; the third and last part, "What can we gain", identifies those opportunities coming from this challenging situation that we should not miss. 





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Published: July 7, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

  • QSens: Ulm University to develop quantum sensors for everyday life

    Great success for researchers from Ulm University, the University of Stuttgart and their partners from the industry! Their joint project QSens has been selected as one of seven innovation networks nationwide in the highly competitive Clusters4Future competition sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In collaboration with specialized companies, researchers from Ulm and Stuttgart intend to develop the quantum sensors of the future up to market readiness. Applications range from personalised medicine to automated driving and information technology. Over the next ten years, the BMBF will provide funding of up to EUR 450 million for Cluster for Future, while the industry will contribute a similar amount. 

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    Published: February 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    First COVID, then diabetes? Ulm study shows that SARS-CoV-2 also infects pancreas

    SARS-CoV-2 infects multiple organs. Severe presentations of COVID-19 not only affect the respiratory tract, the digestive tract and the cardiovascular and nervous system, but also glucose metabolism. Researchers at Ulm University Medical Center have now discovered that SARS-CoV-2 infects the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. This may explain the occurrence of diabetes-like symptoms in COVID-19 patients and the impairment of glucose metabolism in diabetic patients with COVID-19. The findings were published in the journal Nature Metabolism

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    Published: February 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    UNIRI researcher receives EuPA Award for connecting young European scientists

    Assistant Dina Rešetar Maslov, Ph.D., from the Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, is the winner of the EuPA Vision and Commitment Award 2020, awarded by the European Proteomics Association (EuPA). The prize was awarded in recognition and gratitude for many years of dedicated work on networking young European scientists in proteomics.

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    Published: February 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Mathematical study describes how metastasis starts

    A scientific study carried out by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) has produced a mathematical description of the way in which a tumor invades the epithelial cells and automatically quantifies the progression of the tumor and the remaining cell islands after its progression. The model developed by these researchers could be used to better understand the biophysical characteristics of the cells involved when developing new treatments for wound healing, organ regeneration, or cancer progression.

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    Published: February 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    REVENANT project lays foundations for international studies on post-imperial heritage

    The University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Cultural Studies is among the prestigious winners of the 2020 ERC Consolidator Grant, with the project REVENANT (Revivals of Empire — Nostalgia, Amnesia, Tribulation). 

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    Published: February 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    UEF fosters talent by contracting grant-funded researchers

    This spring, the University of Eastern Finland will take a significant step to improve the status of its grant-funded researchers. Starting from June 2021, grant-funded researchers will have the opportunity to conclude a part-time contract of employment with the university. This provides them with access to benefits that are normally associated with contractual employment and makes them an increasingly integral part of the academic community. In Finland, grant-funded researchers typically do not have a contract of employment with the university; instead, they work as independent researchers supported by grants and scholarships awarded by various foundations and associations.

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    Published: February 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    UAntwerp engages citizens in science projects on air quality, heat and draught and ticks

    The University of Antwerp attaches great importance to reaching out to the public with its science. UAntwerp researchers regularly participate in public science events and coordinate numerous citizen science projects. At the moment, projects are underway on air quality, heat and drought, and ticks in Flemish gardens.

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    Published: February 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    UAntwerp & Port of Antwerp cooperate to enable unmanned sailing thanks to 3D sonar sensors

    Automated navigation is the future of inland shipping. It may sound futuristic, but innovative research carried out by UAntwerp and the Port of Antwerp is bringing us one step closer to this dream. The key: 3D sonar sensors, inspired by the way bats see the world.

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    Published: January 25, 2021 | By: YERUN Office
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