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From Talent to Societal Impact: An Evolutionary Journey for Universities


The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) seeks to engage in the current discussions on the future of the universities in Europe.This paper aims to contribute to that reflection by highlighting some of the most pressing challenges that higher education institutions will face in the coming years, by identifying enabling factors and conditions that could allow institutions to evolve in the next decade and by providing a series of recommendations to policy makers to support universities in this journey.





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Published: July 2, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

The Future Starts Today! Inspiring initiatives from Young European Research Universities


YERUN has collected a series of inspiring initiatives and practices from its members universities. These practices are great examples of how the transformative journey has already started in young research universities, by taking concrete actions in many crucial fields.





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Published: July 2, 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

  • Plasma research will have climate benefits

    Everything starts with fundamental research. Just look at the University of Antwerp’s PLASMANT research group – Prof. Annemie Bogaerts and her colleagues have accumulated years of expertise in plasma, the fourth state of matter. Their fundamental research led to the establishment of start-up D-CRBN. 

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    Published: June 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Shedding light on advanced microscopy

    There has been a paradigm-shift in light-microscopy over the past twenty years. Many of the rules governing what microscopes can resolve have been overturned. It is now possible to observe the structure of living cells down to single-biomolecule level, offering the prospect to study cell-biochemistry in spectacular detail, and new hope for medicine. However, super-resolution microscopy requires sensors to illuminate the cell interior and conventional probes cannot fulfil the demands of these methods.

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    Published: June 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Childhood leukemia subtypes are increasingly better known

    Researchers can now investigate individual leukaemia cells to find out what makes them resistant to treatment. “Single-cell technologies provide an immense amount of new information on the diversity of cancer cells,” says Merja Heinäniemi, Professor of Computational Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland. 

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    Published: June 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    The Pioneers of the Oceans

    It is one of the world’s most renowned marine research institutes: MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen. The researchers there are making an important contribution to climate research. 

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    Published: June 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    What does artificial intelligence mean for the future of a democratic society?

    Essex human rights expert Dr Daragh Murray has been awarded major funding to look at the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) assisted decision-making on individual development and the functioning of democracy.

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    Published: June 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Anaerobic bacteria for a sustainable world

    One of the most urgent challenges for the sustainability of the planet is decarbonizing the economy and achieving the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies. Basic research in the anaerobic microbial world and its biochemical strategies can lead us to develop solutions towards a more sustainable planet. That is the work of the Bacterial Energy Metabolism lab, led by newly elected EMBO Member Inês Cardoso Pereira at ITQB NOVA, in Portugal.

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    Published: June 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Artificial intelligence and data mining to measure aerodynamic flows

    Developing new ways to measure turbulent flows that are more efficient and reliable is the main objective of the NEXTFLOW research project at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), funded by an ERC Starting Grant from the European Union. These techniques, which use new developments in artificial intelligence and data mining, can be used to improve the aerodynamics of means of transport and reduce their environmental impact.

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    Published: June 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    How rapid COVID-19 testing allowed teaching to continue during lockdown

    The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic was and still is a tremendous challenge for all institutions of higher education. Though it already became clear in spring 2020 that students belong to the age group with the lowest risk of serious COVID19 disease, university teaching and campus life were severely affected by state- and country-wide lockdown measures. In particular, hands-on teaching in experimental science, a cornerstone of higher education in the natural sciences, was made almost impossible. As vaccination was a distant hope in early 2020, the only viable option for safe classroom teaching was broad and regular SARS-CoV2 surveillance. Yet, clinical diagnostic laboratories were already strained beyond capacity and even laboratory supplies needed for viral diagnostics were running short. Faced with this dire situation, a team of researchers from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry at the University of Konstanz took things into their own hands.

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    Published: June 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office
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