Dr. David Fernandez Rivas a Dutch Engineer of 2021

Twente associate professor David Fernandez Rivas has been unanimously elected Dutch Engineer of the year 2021 by the professional jury. The announcement by the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI) took place online this year in the virtual presence of Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel. Fernandez Rivas is working hard on injection technology that does not make use of needles anymore. Next to his research, David is involved in two companies: BuBclean, for ultrasonic cleaning and InkBeams, for injections and tattoos without needles. ‘As Engineer of the Year, I will continue to do my best to translate scientific knowledge into applications’ said Fernandez Rivas. To find out more please visit Twente University’s website.

FYAE Dr. Patrick Roberts receives prestigious Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

Dr. Patrick Roberts of the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, and a member of the YAE, received this year’s Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for his research into prehistoric archaeology.

The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize has been awarded annually to outstanding researchers who are at an early stage of their scientific careers and do not yet hold a formal University Professorship.

To learn more about the award and the achievements of Dr. Roberts please visit this website.

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Affiliation: Babes-Bolyai University, Transylvanian Institute of Neuroscience, RO

Keywords: Complex networks, Structural and functional networks of the brain, Continuous- time dynamical systems, Optimization problems, Analog computing



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Mária Ercsey-Ravasz received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in physics from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and the Ph.D. joint degree in Physics from Babes-Bolyai University and in Information Technology (infobionics) from Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary in 2008. She was a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the iCeNSA, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA. She is currently a Researcher with Babes-Bolyai University and the Transylvanian Institute of Neuroscience, Romania. She has authored or co-authored more than 46 ISI articles, has more than 1700 citations, h-index 18. Her current research interests include network science with applications in different domains, especially in neuroscience; analog computing, optimization problems, and nonlinear dynamics. Dr. Ercsey-Ravasz was a recipient of the „Junior Bolyai Prize” in 2003, the „Award of Young Researchers” of the Transylvanian Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a Marie Curie Fellowship between 2012-2014, the UNESCO- L’Oreal National Fellowship “For Women in Science” in 2013, and the Constantin Miculescu Award of the Romanian Academy of Sciences in 2015 and the QP Award for Young Researchers of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2019. She is a member of the Hunagrian Young Academy.


Affiliation: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AT

Keywords: Electron-positron collisions, Low mass dark matter, New forces, Violation of symmetry law, Lepton flavor violation, Lepton flavor universality violation

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I am a tenure track junior group leader at the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. Originally from Palermo, I have studied astronomy at the University of Bologna (Bsc, 2008), experimental nuclear physics at the University of Groningen (MSc, 2011), and particle physics at the Queen Mary University London (PhD, 2014). After a research fellowship at the DESY as a postdoc (Hamburg 2014-2017) I finally moved to Vienna in 2017, initially as a postdoc. Since 2018 I am leading a team working on dark matter searches at Belle II thanks to successful third-party funding acquisition (FWF P31361 – Searches for dark matter and dark forces at Belle II). More recently an ERC starting grant ( StG 947006 InterLeptons: A search for new physics at Belle II using leptons) has allowed me to introduce a new research line in Austria, in terms of high energy physics, which deals with the search of new physics phenomena analyzing collision data of the Belle II experiment containing leptons. This of course extend and complement my previous research activities. Since 2018 I am the convener of the dark sector physics group of the Belle experiment and I am also one of the coordinators of JENNIFER2 (MSCA-RISE project funded by EU under grant n.822070) task 1.4 about Dark Sector searches at Belle 2. In 2021, I was nominated and appointed as one of the Austrian delegates of the Early Career Researcher Panel (ECR) of European Committee on Future Accelerator (ECFA) and was elected member of the plenary group.

The main focus of my research is the search for new physics phenomena in electron-positron collisions at the Belle II detector of the Super-KEKB collider. These searches for new physics are done in the context of dark sector, low mass dark matter, new forces, violation of symmetry law, lepton flavor violation, lepton flavor universality violation. These searches can be done by following two different approaches: either by directly searching for new particles or by looking for small deviations from the theoretical predictions in high precision measurements. I follow both approaches and in order to boost the sensitivity and the potential of all these searches I use machine and deep learning techniques such as, but not limited to, deep neural networks.


Affiliation: Utrecht University, NL; University of Bergen, NO

Keywords: Urban & Community Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation, Science-Policy-Society Interfaces, Environmental Governance, Environmental Communication & Visualisation, Policy under Uncertainty, Framing



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Dr. Arjan Wardekker has an interdisciplinary background in environmental studies, social science in particular, but with ties to humanities and natural science. He’s affiliated as a Senior Researcher and Project Leader with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University (NL), and with the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities at University of Bergen (NO). He also has extensive experience working in the science-policy interface, at science-policy boundary organisations such as: PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, and the Health Council of the Netherlands (Health & Environment Surveillance Committee), where he led and developed scientific advice to the Dutch Cabinet and Parliament.

Currently, Wardekker runs a high profile independent research line on ‘Urban Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation under Uncertainty’. He and his team explore how cities and communities deal with climate-related shocks, disasters, stresses and long term change, and how they imagine and
frame a ‘climate resilient future’. One core interest is in the role of knowledge in societal decision-making: how science, policy and society interact and communicate in the process of building urban resilience and adapting to climate change. This type of work inherently involves a high degree of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity: working with scientists from many fields, and with policymakers, citizens and other societal actors.

Wardekker’s work resulted so far in nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications, over six million euros in competitive grants from national and international funding agencies, regular invitations to review journal articles, books, and policy advice, as well as regular invited talks and panel memberships at
conferences, symposia and PhD schools. He is a Senior Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project, and was admitted to the Young Academy of Europe in 2021.

cOAlition S webinar: The Rights Retention Strategy and what it means for EU13 & Associated Countries

Join us for this live interactive webinar, organised in partnership by the Young Academy of Europe and ENYAs in EU13 and Associated Countries: Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Albania, Israel, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey and Belarus.
When: Monday 12 April at 13:00-14:00 CET
Where: Online via Zoom
13:00-13:10   Welcome – Gemma Modinos, Chair of YAE 
13:10-13:30   The Rights Retention Strategy and what it means for EU13 + 
                        Associated Countries – Johan Rooryck, Executive Director of
                        cOAlition S
13:30-13:50   Q&A
13:50-14:00   Closing remarks

The webinar is free to attend and you can register buy clicking the button below.

2021 André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy nominations – deadline extended!

Deadline for submitting nominations for this year’s edition of the André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy has been extended to 15 April 2021. Please send your nominations to: yae-prize@yacadeuro.org

A detailed document describing the nomination procedure for the 2021 edition can be found here: Andre Mischke YAE Prize 2021.

More information about the Prize, including previous Prize recipients and requirements, can be found here.  Note that you do not need to be a YAE member to nominate.

Crivillers Clusella

Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CISC), ES

Keywords: Organic chemistry, Surface Science, Molecular electronics, Charge Transport, Self-Assembly



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Núria Crivillers received her PhD Thesis in 2008 from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) (Materials Science program from the University Autonomous of Barcelona). In 2009 she was awarded with an IEF Marie Curie Fellowship for a post-doctoral stay at the Institute de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS, University of Strasbourg, France) in the group of Prof. Paolo Samorì (2009-2011). In 2011 she returned back to ICMAB with a Juan de la Cierva and later with the prestigious Ramón y Cajal contract. Since April 2017 she has a permanent position as Tenured Scientist at ICMAB-CSIC. She has participated in several national and international projects. It is worth to highlight that she was the sole coordinator of a FET OPEN project for young Researchers (2014-2016). In 2013 she was awarded with the prize for Young Researcher of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ). This award is given annually to four young researchers in recognition of their scientific contributions in the different fields of chemistry. During her research career she has performed 8 stays in renowned national and international laboratories highlighting National University of Singapore (Graphene Center, 2014) and University of Twente (MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, 2005). Currently, she is part of the Molecular Electronics and Devices group from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials department at ICMAB-CISIC.

Research Interest: N. Crivillers research efforts are currently devoted to the preparation of organic functional molecular materials for molecular electronics applications. She has a particular interest on the synthesis of novel organic radicals for exploring their magnetic and redox properties as potential key components in (spin)electronic devices. Currently, the use of liquid metals as alternative electrodes for studying charge transport across functional organic layers is one of her focus of research.