Joint Eurodoc, ICoRSA, MCAA, and YAE Open Letter to European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on Supporting Ukrainian Academia During and After the War

Eurodoc, ICoRSA, MCAA, and YAE have jointly produced an open letter to address the European Commission on suggested ways to support Ukrainian academia in times of war. The letter is addressed to Ms. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

The letter, which can be found here in Zenodo (, was signed by Oleksandr Berezko [President European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc)], Gordon Dalton [Chair International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA)], Fernanda Bajanca [Chair Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA)], and Gemma Modinos [Chair Young Academy of Europe (YAE)] on 21 Oct. 2022. The citation may be found below.

Eurodoc, ICoRSA, MCAA, & YAE. (2022). Joint Open Letter to European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on Supporting Ukrainian Academia During and After the War. Zenodo.


YAE signs the manifesto for early career researchers

The YAE was involved in the organising committee of the 4th Gago Conference on European Science Policy, held on June 13 2022, through our board member Dr. Katalin Solymosi. The GAGO conference brought together in Brussels and online research institutions, policy makers and representatives of early career researchers’ associations. It was organised by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), Ciencia Viva (Portugal) and ISE, with the support of the French Presidency of Council of the European Union.

The Conference was organised a conference to cover the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early-career researchers. From this conference, a manifesto for early-career researchers was produced, which has been endorsed by YAE.

From the ISE website, the manifesto calls for:

  1. Europe-wide monitoring of young researchers’ situation
  2. Improving research careers and working conditions in Research Performing Organisations (RPOs), Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) and in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  3. Enhancing research careers in the third sector, including NGOs and governmental organisations
  4. Involving national funding agencies in cooperation with the European Commission.

More details on the manifesto, to download it and to endorse it, please visit the ISE website following this link.

Open letter on ERA governance

The YAE, together with 14 other representatives of research and innovation (R&I) organisations penned an open letter on 4th October 2021 to reiterate to the member states and the European Commission the added value of including European R&I stakeholders in the ERA governance system, especially in both its co-creation and implementation. See the full text of the open letter for more information.


Open letter to European Parliament opposing budget cuts to frontier science

The Young Academy of Europe reaches out to the European Parliament in an open letter to express its extreme concern about plans to cut the ERC budget by 221 M€. While the Academy is very much in favour of stimulating the European economy, doing so at the cost of frontier science and innovation is short-sighted. See the open letter for more information.

30th January 2015. For further information please contact

Young Academies criticise disbanding of EU Chief Scientific Adviser post

The Young Academy of Europe joins several national young academies in an open letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. The letter criticises the decision to abolish the position of Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA). The initiative of the Young Academy of Sweden is being supported by the YAE as well as the young academies of Poland and Scotland. The signatories stress that the establishment of the post of CSA by President Barroso in 2012 was an important step forward to augment the quality of the European Commission’s decision-making process. Consideration of scientific results and thinking plays a pivotal role in identifying threats and creating policies that improve people’s lives. The academies also express concern that disbanding the office of the CSA followed an intense campaign from interest groups whose opinions were disfavoured by scientific assessments made by the CSA. Finally, the academies emphasise the importance of EU policy being informed by independent scientific advice, and asks President Juncker to reinstall the CSA or a corresponding function as soon as possible. In November 2014 Juncker announced that a new centre – European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) – would replace the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of which the CSA Anne Glover has been part. The new policy-oriented centre does not include a CSA, a fact which the academies consider a significant degradation. See the open letter for more information.

7th January 2015. For further information please contact