Young European

Research Universities

Our Mission

The founding goals of the Network are to strengthen and develop cooperation in the areas of research, academic education and service to society among a cluster of highly-ranked, young research universities in Europe on an equal basis and for their common benefit.

  • YERUN Working Group on EU Policy meets in Brussels

    YERUN members are meeting in Brussels to discuss their priorities for the next MFF and ultimately, the next framework programme, FP9. With a re-edited version of the YERUN Position Paper on FP9, the WG members will prepare their answer to the consultation on the future of the EU finances.

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    Published: February 16, 2018 | By: YERUN Office

    Maastricht researchers are bridging the gap between art, data and computer science

    Computer game researches compositions and harmony in the arts Why do we consider some art to be more beautiful than others? Can computers predict our preferences and use this information to create art? What are the logics behind our sense for harmony? These are the key questions in a new research study by the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) at Maastricht University. Artist and director of In Infinity Productions Marie van Vollenhoven came up with the idea behind the project. The Infinity Games is based on an interactive questionnaire, which is now available at

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    Published: February 8, 2018 | By: YERUN Office
  • Ian McEwan and Antti Räisänen, Doctores Honoris Causa at UC3M

    The British novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, Ian McEwan, and the expert in high frequency technologies,   Antti Räisänen, professor at Aalto University in Finland, will be awarded Doctores Honoris Causa by Universidad Carlos de Madrid (UC3M) on January 30, within the framework of Dia de la Universidad (University Day) for academic year 2017/18.

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    Published: February 1, 2018 | By: YERUN Office

    Top Performance in Promoting Junior Researchers

    The promotion of young researchers at the University of Bremen is first-rate and highly successful. This has once more been confirmed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which has extended its financial support for two of the Research Training Groups it has already been funding. The Research Training Group “MIMENIMA” in the materials sciences as well as the German-Canadian program “ArcTrain”, which is based at the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), are to receive a total of 8.5 million euro for a further four and a half years.

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    Published: January 30, 2018 | By: YERUN Office
  • 1st YERUN Research Workshop on Big Data 25-26 January

    University of Essex, with the collaboration of universities Rome Tor Vergata and Carlos III Madrid, has welcomed YERUN researchers on big data to the 1st YERUN Research Workshop. The substantive focus for this workshop is being on Big Data, Data Analytics and the Digital Economy. The impact of big data has been described as the fourth industrial revolution – a revolution in how we collect, analyse and use information in every aspect of our lives, how we do business, how we deliver public and private services and how we can use data to address global challenges.

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    Published: January 26, 2018 | By: YERUN Office

    The UAB Opens New Arctic Research Centre

    The CER ARCTIC will focus particularly on the impact global changes have on local communities.  Universität Autonoma Barcelona has inaugurated its new CER ARCTIC research centre, unique in the whole of Spain in this area and innovative in research that is respectful with and to local Arctic communities. Directed by UAB professor Françoise Breton, the centre will focus particularly on the global changes and their impact on the local population.

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    Published: January 24, 2018 | By: YERUN Office
  • Scientists uncover why sauna bathing is good for your health

    Over the past couple of years, scientists at the University of Eastern Finland have shown that sauna bathing is associated with a variety of health benefits.  Using an experimental setting this time, the research group now investigated the physiological mechanisms through which the heat exposure of sauna may influence a person’s health.  Their latest study with 100 test subjects shows that taking a sauna bath of 30 minutes reduces blood pressure and increases vascular compliance, while also increasing heart rate similarly to medium-intensity exercise.

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    Published: January 22, 2018 | By: YERUN Office

    Could the depths of the Mediterranean Sea tell us about life on Mars?

    Microbes entombed in salt deposits deep beneath the Mediterranean Sea may hold the answer to the age-old question of whether there could actually be life on Mars. Microbiology experts at the YERUN member University of Essex are undertaking a four-year project into the longevity of these salt-loving microbes, which could give a better understanding of what could be entombed within salts identified on Mars. The final stage of the project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, will involve taking samples from a working salt mine in Sicily which has 5.6 million-year-old salt deposits. A major issue for the researchers is avoiding contamination by other microbes, so rigorous procedures will be put in place to avoid this.

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    Published: January 19, 2018 | By: YERUN Office
  • Projects by young engineers that will change medicine

    Students of the bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, from University Pompeu Fabra, presented their proposals carried out within the framework of the sixth edition of the course “Introduction to Medical Devices and their Design”. A total of nine projects have been developed from an original idea to the end user and have benefitted from the advice of academic, clinical and business experts. The presentation of the projects carried out by students at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) on the bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering took place within the sixth edition of the course Introduction to Medical Devices and their Design (December 2017).

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    Published: January 18, 2018 | By: YERUN Office

    The ENLEB project

    YERUN member Maastricht University’s International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development, ICIS, together with its partners from the Netherlands and Flanders will contribute to the realisation of various demo houses with innovative techniques that a private citizen could also apply in his own home. Through co-creation, ENLEB works with companies and citizens to create awareness and ownership and to come up with technical solutions based on the innovative strength of the companies.

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    Published: January 17, 2018 | By: YERUN Office

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    YERUN Research Workshop on Big Data

    The University of Essex, in collaboration with University Roma Tor Vergata and Carlos III Madrid, is organising the first YERUN Research Workshop. The first of a series of 6 research workshops is focusing on Big Data, Data Analytics and the Digital Economy. Registration is reserved to researchers from YERUN institutions. Update! - There are no more places available for this first edition. Please get in touch with the YERUN Office for further information.     

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    YERUN General Assembly and Staff Training Week, Bremen, 13-16 March 2018

    The University of Bremen welcomes the YERUN members to the first Staff Training Week and General Assembly meetings of 2018. The main topic of the Staff Training Week this year is "Entrepreneurship and Employability". Members are invited to present their proposals for presentations. The YERUN Working Group on Graduate Employability will be present as well. Agendas of both meetings will be available later in February but you can already register by filling in the online form available at the following link.  Deadline for registrations is 5th March. Please, pincel in your agendas:

    • YERUN Staff Training Week will take place from 13-15 March.
    • YERUN General Assembly will be organised on 16 March.

    We look forward to seeing you in Bremen!!

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