European Open Science Cloud Summit

On 12 June, our YERUN Expert on Open Science, Dr. Eva Méndez Rodríguez, participated as a speaker at the European Open Science Cloud Summit, in Brussels.

The meeting gathered key stakeholders to contribute to the Open Science policy debate, looking at prioritising challenges and solutions for developing strong data culture and ecosystems, the adoption and implementation of FAIR data principles, existing research infrastructures and services but also, sustainable funding and governance.

Commissioner Moedas reiterated there is no need to create something new but to build on existing systems available in Member States. The EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) shall be a single interface that connects existing resources and should target three main challenges: fragmentation, interdisciplinarity and inclusiveness.



YERUN’s representative in the EU Open Science Policy Platform, Eva Méndez, advocated the need for education of Early Career Researchers, a young generation that are struggling to make a career based on publishing. “The EOSC should be useful, easy, effective and affordable for researchers. Open Science is a reality, due to technical and policy advances. But if research data cannot be found, accessed, integrated and re-used, the goals of Open Science will remain aspirations beyond the practical reach of many”, she argued, during the first panel of the Summit.

Cultural change to favor the implementation of Open Science is paramount, but not only of researchers’ minds but also universities, funders, reward and career development systems and related legislation.

Some concrete commitments are now put on the table and stakeholders should bring them forward: capacity building for culture change, role of universities in research and training in Open Science, establishment and consolidation of FAIR data and criteria for data management, among others.

YERUN remains committed to facilitate an alignment towards Open Science and will contribute to define the training needs of researchers and the requirements for change.

To see the video event, click here.
Dr Eva Mendez input to EOSC Summit

YERUN Sport Days

The University of Antwerp organised the first edition of the YERUN Sport Days from 26 to 28 April, in Antwerp. The aim was to develop international interactions and experience between students, with an emphasis on Fair Play and Universal Friendship.
Ten YERUN teams participated and 116 student athletes and officials from our members were accredited. Our participating members were:
  • University of Essex participated with a men’s basketball team;
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata participated with men’s and women’s volleyball teams, men’s and women’s basketball teams and a men’s futsal team.
  • University of Antwerp participated with a men’s futsal team, a women’s a volleyball tema and a men’s volleyball team.
  • University Paris Dauphine participated with a men’s futsal team.
YERUN members won the men’s basketball competition (University of Essex), the men’s futsal competition (University of Antwerp) and both volleyball competitions and the women’s basketball competition (University of Tor Vergata).
In addition, a workshop on cooperation among the YERUN members’ sport offices was organised in order to boost more activities and share experiences.

YERUN General Assembly, March 2017

On 17th March, YERUN members gathered for their General Assembly, kindly hosted by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Juan Romo (YERUN President).

Members decided on upcoming priorities for the network taking into account the YERUN Strategic Plan adopted for the period 2016-2020. YERUN members will continue working on research and education collaboration, knowledge exchange and graduates’ employability. The General Assembly also adopted by unanimity a BREXIT statement in order to emphasize the importance of scientific and educational collaboration during the negotiations between United Kingdom and the European Union now that the UK Government has triggered article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.

The next General Assembly will take place on 26th October at University of Ulm, in Germany.

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YERUN statement on BREXIT

YERUN (Young European Research Universities Network) brings together 18 European Universities established within the last 50 years across 12 EU countries, and included in any of the rankings of universities created in the last 50 years. YERUN is established with the aim of promoting joint initiatives in the areas of research, teaching and staff mobility, and becoming the voice of European young universities in Europe.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has invoked article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which starts the legal process of leaving the European Union. The United Kingdom gives notice to quit the European Union as decided in the referendum of June 23rd 2016.

This is the starting point of a process in which the European Union will attempt to negotiate and conclude an agreement with the United Kingdom, setting out the arrangements for the withdrawal and taking account of the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Professor Anthony Foster, Vice-Chancellor from University of Essex stated: “We really appreciate the support of our partner institutions in YERUN, which shows their commitment to the continuing importance of links between UK and European universities after the UK leaves the EU. Our values at the University of Essex will remain unchanged following the UK Government’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon- inclusivity and internationalism will remain a the heart of all that we do”.

Professor Andrew George, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London said “our institution values its links with universities from the European Union, which are very important for our research and education. We are pleased that the leaders of YERUN universities are committed to carrying on working with us after Brexit, so that we all continue to benefit from cooperation and collaboration across national boundaries”.

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YERUN Statement on BREXIT

4PhD scholarships in Economics

The University of Rome Tor Vergata is offering 4PhD scholarships in Economics open to foreign candidates for the following programmes:
Economic and Finance (

Economics, Law and Institutions (

Application is open and further details and the online application form are on the following link:

The closing date for application is 10th March 2017 no later than 16.00h.

UAM in the winning KIC FoodConnects

Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), YERUN member, is part of the winning consortium of the new EIT Food (Sustainable Supply Chain from Resources to Consumers).

This new KIC will build sustainable end-to-end food supply chains realised through transformative innovation and education initiatives, with a central role for the consumer. EIT Food has broad coverage in EU member states and associated countries and is a unique partnership of 50 leading companies, universities, and scientific partners covering the entire food value chain.

EIT Food will deliver cutting- edge European skills to rebuild a healthy and sustainable food system in Europe and beyond. The “knowledge triangle” of research, education and entrepreneurship will sharpen the global competitiveness of the European economy. It will organise international exchange programmes for students, and develop a unique interdisciplinary EIT labelled Food System M.Sc.for graduates.

For more information, please click on the link.


YERUN General Assembly, Konstanz, October 2016

Last 22 October, YERUN members gathered for their General Assembly, kindly hosted by the University of Konstanz, in Germany.

Members exchanged information in current collaborations on education and research among members of the network, and decided on upcoming priorities for the network taking into account YERUN Strategic Plan. Key focus areas for YERUN members are young researchers, high-quality research responsible to our societal needs, and graduates’ employability.

Members of YERUN are already benefiting from major possibilities of collaboration and are ready to share their views on the future funding programmes and policies on research, innovation and higher education at European level. YERUN has chosen its Brussels Office close to the heart of the European Institutions.

For questions please contact the Secretary General.

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In October 2016 the University of Konstanz  welcomes its YERUN partners.

On Friday, October 21st a workshop for International Office and Research Support staff will take place aiming at exchanging first results from the different working groups, identifying topics for future strategic cooperation and establishing possible working areas and projects.

On Saturday, October 22nd  the YERUN General Assembly will meet.

Essex International Visiting Fellowships

The University of Essex has launched a new International Visiting Fellows programme for international academics to visit Essex and work with Essex staff.

Six short-stay fellowships (up to two weeks each) for AY 16/17 and four extended-stay International Visiting Fellows (up to 10 months each) for AY 17/18.

The closing dates for applications are:

Short-stay International Visiting Fellows

    • 31 July 2016 for visits from September to December 2016
    • 30 November 2016 for visits from January to April 2017
    • 31 March 2017 for visits from May to August 2017

Extended-stay International Visiting Fellows

    • 31 March 2017 for visits from September 2017 to July 2018

Applications are now open for short-term visits in AY 16/17 and further details and the on-line application form are on the University of Essex website.

Essex International Visiting Fellows  PDF


Tor Vergata has launched a call for three visiting professors in the area of Business Administration on the three specific courses highlighted by the MSc in Business Administration (namely: Digital Marketing; Sustainable Supply Chain; and Business Auditing).

The deadline for this call is June 30th. Applications must be filled according to the word doc annex and sent to:

To Prof. Ugo Pomante
Director of the Department of Management and Law
Faculty of Economics, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Via Columbia n. 2, 00133 Rome