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How are young universities nurturing talent?


Ahead of the upcoming Communications of the European Commission on the Renewed European Research Area, on the European Education Area and on the updating of the Skills Agenda, it is high time to talk about the employability of our students and researchers. As a network of young, dynamic and research-driven universities, YERUN members share a strong commitment to strengthen the employability of their students and researchers who are the employees, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs and citizens of tomorrow. Graduate Employability touches upon the discussions on the future of skills, the future of work, challenges of digitalisation and the role of education and research in our societies. With that in mind, YERUN collected practices from our institutions implemented at various levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD or postdoc) that are having an impact in the career of our graduates with a view of sharing and starting a dialogue with other universities and stakeholders. 





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Published: March 16, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

  • GENPOP: Genes, genealogies and the evolution of demographic change and social inequality

    A new study will chart shifting population patterns in Europe and the United States over the past 200 years using big data including online genealogy information, historical micro-census data and genetic information. The project is being led by Dr Nicola Barban, from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, thanks to a €2m ERC Consolidator grant.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    DEEPCAT: Degradable Plastics

    Plastics that can be degraded should they find their way into the environment: To achieve this goal, Stefan Mecking, professor of chemistry at the University of Konstanz, was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Stefan Mecking and his research team have been awarded approximately 2.5 million euros in funding to study degradable plastics that can degrade at the molecular level at designed break points without harming the environment.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    MitO2Health: Hot on the trail of bee virus and the cause of severe depression

    Double success for Ulm University: Psychology professor Iris-Tatjana Kolassa and biology professor Lena Wilfert each obtained a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant worth EUR 2 million each over five years. In her project MitO2Health, Iris-Tatjana Kolassa wants to find out to what extent Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the result of a cellular energy deficiency. Lena Wilfert, on the other hand, conducts research on the spread and evolution of a pathogen that threatens bee colonies. 

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    MARUM: Better Understanding of Coastal Processes

    Marine researcher Dr. Alessio Rovere from the University of Bremen has received the ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council. His project at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences will receive almost 1.5 million euros in funding over five years.

    In climate research, the last warm period – between 128,000 and 116,000 years ago – is often used as a basis for comparison. This was the last period in the history of the earth in which the climate was warmer than in preindustrial times. The sea level as well as temperatures were higher than today; the ice sheets were smaller. How will temperatures, sea level, and the mass of ice sheets develop in the future? Researchers like AlessioRovere believe that the answer lies in understanding the conditions of the last warm period – and their significance.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    RIVERS: Water and human rights of indigenous people

    To produce innovative knowledge of human rights in relation to the different indigenous ways of conceiving water: this is the objective of RIVERS, a Starting Grant scientific project by the European Research Council (ERC) that is being developed at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). This project intends to analyse the following issue: To what extent can the international law of human rights tackle the plurilegal realities of water?

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    #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. 

    Read the newsletter here!

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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
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