What's up at Young Universities?
January 2020
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Good morning and welcome to the first-ever YERUN Newsletter! What's up at young universities? provides a series of news and views in different research fields currently being implemented by YERUN members. Through innovative approaches, young universities are making a difference in society, as you will discover in the fantastic examples we have selected for you. 
We hope you will enjoy it! 
What research tells us...
University of Antwerp:
Bat Flowers teach us robot navigation

Sonar is essential for robots and self-driving cars as it is a very cost-effective sensor for distance measurements, but it also has limitations. A new international research, also involving University of Antwerp, discovered bioinspired signs to make robot navigation more efficient. 

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University of Eastern Finland:
Melanoma cells secreting secrets


A new study carried out by researchers of University of Eastern Finland and University of Helsinki sheds fresh light on how melanoma cells interact with other cells via extracellular vesicles they secrete. The researchers found that extracellular vesicles secreted by melanoma cells use the so-called hedgehog signalling pathway to intensify the malignant properties of the cells they are targeting. The discovery can help in the development of better treatment and diagnostics for melanoma.

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Dublin City University:
An open access model for nano research

 
"The open-access model we are employing in DCU for the Nano Research Facility is the way of the future when it comes to partnerships between academic research and industry” – Prof. Greg Hughes, Vice President of Research in Dublin City University. The NRF is a 3000 square metre advanced core facility designed to the highest standards of environment control, vibration control, lab services and security. It was established to provide a platform for centrally managed infrastructure that is available through an open access policy both within and external to DCU.

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Ulm University:
Paving the way for the bionic tree trunk
 
The laboratory at the Institute of Systematic Botany and Ecology at Ulm University houses a unique device. Germany's sole centrifuge of the type 'Chinatron' not only enables scientists to study how plants react to stress induced by drought in times of climate change. The device also helps with the development of 'bionic branches', which could be paving the way for new pumping and cooling systems.

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University of Essex:
Uncovering the roots of plant evolution

Academics at Essex have achieved a major breakthrough by discovering the key moments which led plants to first emerge from the water onto land 500 million years ago. The research was led by evolutionary scientist Alex Bowles from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Essex and published in the journal Current Biology in January.

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University Carlos III de Madrid:
Speeding up treatments against tuberculosis  
 
Accelerating the development of antibiotics against all forms of tuberculosis is the objective of ERA4TB (European Regimen Accelerator for Tuberculosis), one of the largest European scientific projects in this area of research. This consortium, which includes a significant number of Spanish researchers, is being coordinated by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), led by GlaxoSmithKline Spain and is under the scientific management of the Pasteur Institute. With a team of more than thirty public and private organisations and a budget over 200 million euro, ERA4TB aims to radically transform the way in which new therapies are developed for the treatment of tuberculosis.

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Diversity? Yes, PLEASE!
Maastricht University:
New chair with focus on LGBTQI+ Diversity and Health

The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Professor Kai J. Jonas on the chair “Applied Social Psychology with special focus on LGBTQI+ Diversity and Health. Jonas: “I think it’s great that UM has dared to appoint a professor on this chair. In the Netherlands (and the world), not many universities take this step.” With Jonas added, the so-called ‘pink professors’ can be counted on one hand. “Therefore, this appointment also has a symbolic function. It’s a societal and political signal, we’re saying: this is important.” People with an LGBTQI+ background are often missing a role model. “What they see the most is what they don’t want to become. We, as a university, want to tell the world, our employees, and our students: you can be who you want to be.”

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NOVA University & South Denmark University: 
Gender Equality in Academia and Research? Getting there!


Gender Equality is identified as a continued problem in the EU, with women suffering a great deal of disparity in access to leadership positions as compared to their male counterparts, also in the academic world. SPEAR (Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research) is a structured response to this situation.  

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Brunel University London:
‘Basically’ banning slag can ‘like’ stifle learning


Policing how school children speak and write isn’t a great way to teach them how to use formal English and effects inclusiveness in the classroom, says new study from Brunel University London. 

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Ready to use your talent?
Ulm University: 
What's up with German start-ups? 
 
StartupSÜD is the newest alliance of Ulm University and the universities of applied sciences in Neu-Ulm, Biberachand Ulm. The goal: to support and promote start-ups and young founders. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has now announced to support the alliance with EUR 4 million through the funding initiative EXIST.

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Join the YERUN Dialogue on Graduate Employability!

In the framework of the YERUN Working Group on Graduate Employability, we have collected a series of good practices implemented at the YERUN member institutions to foster the employability of students.
 
With this event, we wish to bring such practices to the attention of EU policy-makers and other stakeholders in the field of higher education, in order to exchange ideas and good practices and to trigger a wider European discussion on this topic.

>>> Click here to register!
University of Bremen: 
Take a picture to save the coral reef!

Colorful diversity, white death – what can colors tell us about coral reefs?” is the motto of the photography competition being held in the frame of the next International Coral Reef Symposium, which will be held in Bremen for the first time in July 2020. Entries will be accepted until February 29. 

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