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Young Academy of Europe: YAEeeeyyy!!

Today I received some wonderful news...

I have been (s)elected for the Young Academy of Europe!

The YAE is a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists who wished to create a platform for networking, scientific exchange and science policy. In particular, the Young Academy of Europe wishes to

  • Provide input and feedback on aspects of doing science in Europe, with all its facets, from a “younger” perspective, in particular to the ERC
  • Involve top young scientists in the future European research strategy such as Long Range Plans and ESF Roadmaps
  • Support other young scientists in Europe in their further development and in thinking strategically about the future of their own discipline
  • Create and foster a network of top young researchers across the disciplines in Europe

(more information can be found at the "About the YAE"-page).


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