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


As countries across the EU start relaxing their confinement measures and people are adapting to this new phase, we also want to start focusing on other aspects of the work of our universities. The first part of this newsletter will be centred on one important topic of university life: sport. Sport Offices have swiftly adapted to the new reality imposed by Covid-19 and, by doing so, they have transformed themselves and their mission, proving to be real allies in the wellbeing of students and staff. In the second part of this newsletter, we shed the light on other news from our network, that will bring our minds away from the pandemic, for a while. See you next month! 





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Published: June 1, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

YERUN welcomes the EC decision to apply ‘force majeure’ and calls for ‘pragmatic flexibility’ in light of COVID-19


As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, universities across Europe are faced with an unprecedented situation. They are working tirelessly to continue to guarantee services to students while ensuring the wellbeing of their entire university community. The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) is closely following the measures taken by the European Union (EU) institutions and by its member universities in adapting to this new reality.





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Published: April 14, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

YERUN Annual Report 2019


The YERUN Annual Report has been published! In these times of "forced slow down", we are presented with the unique opportunity to go through our past with a view on our future, with mindfulness.





Click here to download the YERUN Annual Report 2019!


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Published: April 9, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

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

  • COVID-19: Is Genetics the answer?

    From Italy, with European, Chinese and Iranian partners, the attempt to answer the questions generated by the SARS-CoV-2 virus: a genetic study at the basis of new diagnostic and therapeutic solutions.

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    Published: April 28, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    Leading Finnish scientists are developing a nasal vaccine against COVID-19

    Academy Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala at the University of Eastern Finland is working together with scientists from the University of Helsinki to develop a COVID-19 vaccine that will make use of gene transfer technology that has been developed in Kuopio. The efficacy of the vaccine, developed in collaboration with Professor Kalle Saksela and Academy Professor Kari Alitalo, can possibly be tested already this autumn.

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    Published: April 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    YERUN proposed amendments to the EIT legislative proposals

    In the framework of the current work of the European Parliament on the recast legislation of the EIT, YERUN has been asked to propose amendments on the proposals for a Regulation and for a Decision on the Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA). Overall, YERUN appreciates the many references to the openness of the KICs and the EIT in general, the need for further transparency, close monitoring, and evaluation. We equally welcome the emphasis on the need to include new partners in the membership but also within the different activities that the KICs shall organise. However, some points deserve attention and caution:

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    Published: April 25, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    YERUN participates as partner in the #EUvsVirus hackathon between 24 and 26 April

    The European Commission, led by the European Innovation Council (EIC) and in close collaboration with the EU member states, is organising a pan-European hackathon with a view to connecting civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe with a view to developing innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.

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    Published: April 20, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    Fighting against COVID-19: Young universities adapting to an unprecedented situation

    Among the many things that characterise life in the 21st century, there is a sense of omnipotence that distinguishes us, human beings. Used to be always interconnected, always on the go, always accustomed to do as we please, inebriated by the conviction that anything we wish is possible, we often tend to forget how small we are in the greater order of things. Who could imagine, no longer than a month ago, that life as we knew it could be turned upside down so quickly? And, to cap it all, by something so small, so invisible to the human eye as a virus. And yet, it happened. And it is forcing all of us, in our public and private lives, to completely rethink our long-rooted habits. 

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    Published: March 24, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    YERUN expresses full support for its members following Covid-19 outbreak

    The current circumstances are unprecedented: the outbreak of the Covid-19 is putting our communities, our countries, and the whole globe under great pressure, forcing us to re-think our habits, our priorities, our way of working and collaborating. 

    The YERUN office would like to express its full support to its members, which are working tirelessly to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak, ensuring to the greatest possible extent the continuation of their activities, providing online solutions and services and, most importantly, guaranteeing the wellbeing of their students and staff. In light of these developments, together collectively, we have therefore decided to postpone our upcoming meetings to a later date or, whenever possible, hold them in an online format. 

    The YERUN office stays at full disposal of its members for any support they might need and wishes them all the best in this challenging moment. 

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    Published: March 18, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    #2 YERUN News: What's up at young universities?

    In our fast-changing world, overwhelmed by new and often unexpected challenges, universities remain key enablers of impactful knowledge and world-changing discovery. Research projects that contribute to make a real change in the societies we live in deserve to be highlighted. 

    This is why in this month's edition of "What's up at Young Universities?" we decided to propose you a selection of some ERC projects currently ongoing at YERUN institutions.

    Click here to read the YERUN February Newsletter!

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    Published: February 29, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    SCOPE: Plasma to help make chemistry sustainable

    According to four top scientists, plasma will play a crucial role in how we tackle climate change. “With the help of plasma, we can convert methane, CO2 and nitrogen into renewable fuels and new chemicals in a sustainable way”, explains Annemie Bogaerts, professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Antwerp. The European Research Council is investing ten million in the research.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
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