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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.





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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

  • SENSOTRA: Sensory environment changes across generations

    Professor of Cultural Studies Helmi Järviluoma at the University of Eastern Finland holds an ERC Advanced Grant (1.9 million euros, 2016–2021) to investigate sensory environments, transgenerational environmental relationships and changes thereto.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    Promoting research collaboration in the face of BREXIT

    Despite uncertainties on the future of post-Brexit academic cooperation, YERUN members continue to promote research collaboration across the Channel. Between 30-31  January 2020, 11 early career and established researchers from the University of Essex have visited the University of Konstanz and explored new research opportunities.

    "Research has always been a truly trans-boundary endeavour. YERUN provides a unique network of outstanding European universities. In a post-Brexit uncertainty it will be of vital importance to stay united." These are the words of Prof. Dr. Michael Stürner, Vice Rector for Teaching and Curricular Affairs at the University of Konstanz.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    TiNT: Examining interpretations of the New Testament

    Dublin City University lecturer Dr. Garrick Allen received a EUR 1.5 million, 5 year ERC grant for his study, Titles of the New Testament: A New Approach to Manuscripts and the History of Interpretation (TiNT). This project will examine what manuscripts say about the ways the New Testament (NT) was interpreted by the communities that produced them and map the ways that interpretations changed over time. This is accomplished by comprehensively analysing the forms and wordings of the title preserved in nearly all Greek NT manuscripts (c. 3500).

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    LUDEME: Modelling the Evolution of Traditional Games with "Digital Archeoludology"

    Humans, throughout history, have played a variety of games that are often embedded in a particular culture. Games also serve as social lubricants that help people interact with one another across cultural, linguistic, and other social boundaries. But while there exists ample evidence of games in the archaeological and historical records, we know very little about how these games were actually played until relatively recently, creating huge gaps in our knowledge of this important part of our cultural heritage.

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    Published: February 27, 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
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