June 2021

YAE June 2021 Newsletter

Dear YAE members and alumni,

We are delighted to inform you that the André Mischke YAE Prize 2021 for Science and Policy has been awarded to Prof. Marian Verhelst.

Prof. Verhelst is working in microelectronics and chip design, pioneer in custom AI processors, is the scientific director of imec and the head of a research team at the MICAS laboratories (MICro-electronics And Sensors) of the Electrical Engineering Department of KU Leuven, Belgium. For her successes in research, she received numerous awards, prizes, fellowships, and grants including the Laureate of the National Academy of Science and Arts in Belgium, ERC Starting Grant, Fellow of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), an IEEE distinguished lectureship, and grants from industry (e.g. Intel, Qualcomm, Huawei, Nokia). Verhelst has been involved in various organizations and activities, e.g. for the enhancement of science literacy and a larger uptake of STEM studies as member of the Flemish STEM platform, and to improve possibilities, work-life balance and the science landscape for early-career researchers as founding member of the Belgian Young Academy, where she served on the Board and as co-president for two years.

The YAE will award the fifth annual YAE Prize, honouring our Founding Chair André Mischke, at the joint annual AE /YAE meeting in Barcelona (October 2021). Read more at

With best regards,

The YAE Board



EUA webinar on the future of Open Access publishing

The European University Association (EUA) organized a webinar titled 'Into the unknown: most likely features for Open Access publishing'.  YAE Vice-Chair, Prof. Moniek Tromp, was one of the panelists on behalf of the YAE.  



Celebrating the 21st birthday of the Young Academy movement ​​​-- a Nature article by Katalin Solymosi et al.

It was twenty-one years ago this month that the first Young Academy – „die Junge Akademie” of Germany – was launched. To celebrate this occasion, i.e. that young academies come of age, and to provide a kind of best practices compilation, Katalin Solymosi, recruitement vice-chair, member of the YAE board, founding member and actual co-chair of the Hungarian Young Academy and her colleagues published an article in Nature.

The paper presents briefly the history and the actual status of the Young Academy movement worldwide, then describes how Hungary’s Academy was launched in 2019. Finally, it explains how similar organizations can serve and support early-career researchers, the scientific community and society at large. Nature also strongly supports the Young Academy movement and has dedicated a special Editorial to this topic.


Meta Roestenberg wins the Letten Prize

Infectious disease specialist Meta Roestenberg of Leiden University Medical Center, is the winner of the 2021 Letten Prize.

She has dedicated her life to harness and deploy her scientific and professional expertise to serve the poorest and the underprivileged people of the world. The main purpose of the Letten Prize is to recognise younger researchers’ contributions in the fields of health, development, environment and equality in all aspects of human life. Meta Roestenberg has established an international network of vaccine researchers in Uganda, Zambia, India, and Burkina Faso, which allows transfer of knowledge and exchange of staff. Her efforts will have a great impact on solution of poverty-related infectious diseases in countries where the clinical need is highest.


News from YAE Task forces

Second Meeting of the Transdisciplinarity Task Force (Td)

On 7 June 2021, the  Transdisciplinarity Task Force of YAE had its second meeting. This Task Force is a transdisciplinary (Td) research design studio, where members can share their research ideas, methods, tools and technologies, to be tested out and refined within an interdisciplinary group of excellent scientists.


In this way, the group assembles Td resources, lessons and perspectives to be communicated in different organised fora each year; from Td workshops for early career researchers, to events with European research policy-makers, or workshops with members of the YAE for instance. Please contact Scott Bremer ( if you have questions or want to join.

Second Meeting of the Task Force Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

On 23 June 2021, the recently launched EDI Task Force of YAE came together for a second meeting. Task force members agreed on a broad and intersectional definition of diversity and the importance of greater efforts to increase the diversity of the YAE. In the coming months the task force is going to start working on a written statement and plan EDI-related events. Interested YAE members are encouraged to join the task force. Please contact Linn Leppert ( if you have questions or want to join.

Science Outreach Task Force

The second meeting of the Science Outreach Task Force is under planning. The aim of this task force is to identify possibilities, platforms and events that can enhance science communication and dissemination activities of YAE members and YAE itself. In case you have questions or want to join, please do not hesitate to contact Katalin Solymosi ( 

Upcoming events

YAE AGM 2021: Save the date!

We are finalising our exciting plans for this year's AGM, and we will be sharing them with you very soon so that you can see what's in store for this year's meeting. In the meantime, please save Tuesday 19 October 2021 in your diaries! As in previous years, this year's 32nd AE / YAE Annual Conference "Building Bridges 2021" will also take place straight after our AGM (Wednesday and Thursday 20-21 October).

For now, please keep these dates in your diaries and we will follow up soon with the full programme and details on the format and registrations. 

SPACE to Evolve Academic Assessment

The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) has recently announced “SPACE to evolve academic assessment: A rubric for analyzing institutional conditions and progress indicators.”  The SPACE rubric is designed to help institutions at any stage of academic assessment reform gauge their ability to support and develop fair and responsible assessment practices. Nearly 75 individuals in 26 countries and 6 continents shared insights, experiences, and feedback that informed the rubric’s development.  

There will be a community call on Thursday, July 1, 2021, or Thursday, July 8, 2021, to help shape different contexts for use. Panelists will share insights learned in piloting the SPACE rubric, and everyone will have a chance to ask questions and share ideas. The goal of the discussion is to consider various use cases and surface any challenges or unintended consequences. The community call will take place over two meetings to accommodate as many time zones as possible. Participants are welcome to join one or both calls. For more information, visit


External activities and resources of interest
Application to the 2021 Science & SciLifeLab Prize is now open!

Apply for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, which is an annual prize awarded to early career scientists. The prize is presented in four categories: cell and molecular biology, ecology and environment, molecular medicine, and genomics, proteomics and systems biology approaches. Applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degree between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020. Deadline for submissions is 15 July 2021. The winner will be able to publish an essay by Science, win up to USD 30,000 and will be invited to Sweden to receive the award, present their research. More information about the prize and the application procedure can be found here.


News from Members and Alumni

Katalin Solymosi elected a co-chair of the Hungarian Young Academy

Katalin Solymosi (rectruitement vice-chair of YAE) was elected co-chair of the Hungarian Young Academy for two years starting from 1 May, 2021. She will work alongside another YAE member, Péter Török, who will act as an outgoing chair of the Hungarian Young Academy. More information available here (in Hungarian).


New YAE Fellows June 2021

Congratulations to the following new members of the YAE!

Matthias Urban                                                              Donát Alpár

              University of Tübingen  (DE)                                          Semmelweis University (HU)

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Applications for prospective members can be submitted at any time, and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please keep diversity and inclusion in mind when nominating candidates. You can find our admission guidelines here.

Eastern and Southern European member participation - As you know, one of our ambitions is to equally expand our membership across European member countries. For this reason, we encourage everyone, but in particular our Eastern and Sourthern European members, to propose suitable candidates for membership. We are aware that the funding situation can be challenging in some of our member states, and we will do our utmost to support applications - please contact us with any queries at

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