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.


  • 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
  • Invest in knowledge to build a successful future

    The Young European Research Universities have joined the call to invest more in education, research and innovation at European level. Neth-ER tougher with other European partners and YERUN join efforts in making our voice heard for the future EU programmes on education and research. Public investments in research and innovation have proven to create economic growth. Erasmus+ creates high European added value. In order to call for a modern European budget, focused on knowledge and growth, you can support our plea by joining the declaration.

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    Published: January 12, 2018 | By: YERUN Office

    PhD students from the University of Konstanz visit Brussels

    Last 16 November, a group of PhD students from the Konstanz Research School of Chemical Biology organised a visit trip to Brussels to get more information about Research Integrity and Ethics. Research Integrity is a part of the overall Open Science approach, and is a fundamental aspect when performing research that is not an always straight forward concept to apply. The visit was also an opportunity to learn about the European institutions and their decision making process, the framework programmes for funding research and innovation (H2020), experiences from researchers working at the European Commission, and last but not least, the network YERUN. Researchers and staff from YERUN institutions interested in organising this type of visits can get in touch with the YERUN Office. For more information about Research Integrity please consult the ALLEA European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. University of Konstanz

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    Published: November 23, 2017 | By: YERUN Office
  • YERUN starts the 1st Research Mobility Awards

    YERUN has launched the first call for application to the YERUN Research Mobility Awards. If you are a researcher, PhD student or staff member of the YERUN universities, you can apply! We will provide a flat rate award to cover expenses during a short research visit (1 or 2 weeks). Visits shall take place from February - July 2018. The YERUN Research Mobility programme wants to provide a platform to:

    • Work with other YERUN Researchers on a joint project or publication,
    • Promote multidisciplinary research across the YERUN network, and
    • Enrich the research and training opportunities for PhD students, early career, postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars and staff within the YERUN network.
    Applications deadline is 20 December, however, do not wait until the last minute!! Your application must be dully signed by the host institution.

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    Published: November 22, 2017 | By: YERUN Office

    A very successful YERUN Launch Event - Thanks for coming!

    YERUN organised its Launch Event  on November 7, at the European Parliament. Hosted by MEP Soledad Cabezón, the event brought together YERUN members, the European Commission, members of the Parliament, Permanent Representations and numerous EU Stakeholders working on the areas of research and education. A year on since the opening of the YERUN Brussels Office, the network has put in place various initiatives in the areas of Joint Programmes, research workshops and mobility grants for researchers, staff and students of members’ institutions. Future activities will include a strategy with various actions to facilite graduate employability and to actively contribute to make Open Science a reality.

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    Published: November 8, 2017 | By: YERUN Office
  • One day to go --> YERUN Launch Event

    This Tuesday, YERUN is organising its Launch Event at the European Parliament. Please check the latest YERUN Launch Programme. Join us on the day and if you cannot make it, please follow the discussions on Twitter! @YERUN_EU #YERUNLaunch Looking forward to seeing you all there! For your information, here is the List of participants. 

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    Published: November 5, 2017 | By: YERUN Office

    Thanks Ulm University, for having hosted our GA!

    YERUN held its General Assembly meeting in Ulm, on 26 October, and its Operational meeting the day before. The representatives of Young European Research Universities reelected Prof. Juan Romo (UC3M) as YERUN President and welcomed Nicole Dehé (Konstanz University) as new member of the Executive Board. Two years on since the establishment of YERUN, the network has put in place effective mechanisms and collaboration chains to maximise the activities of their students, researchers, staff and institutions themselves.

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    Published: October 30, 2017 | By: YERUN Office

  • JANUARY
    25, 26

    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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    MARCH
    13 - 16
    9.00

    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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