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2nd July 2019. For further information please contact

Press Release: Researchers respond to revised guidance for Plan S

The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), and the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) jointly welcome the revised implementation guidance for Plan S published by cOAlition S on 31 May 2019. Revisions to the guidance are based on 600+ feedback submissions to the open consultation that represented both individual and organisational stakeholders including researchers.

Our three organisations recognised the need to revise the scholarly publishing system and chose to work constructively with cOALition S to ensure full and immediate Open Access without adversely affecting researchers. We jointly supported the principles of Plan S with critical comments for further development and subsequently submitted feedback to the implementation guidance for Plan S with comprehensive recommendations. We are pleased to see greater clarity in the revised guidance details and believe that the three routes to compliance in Plan S will provide researchers with ample options to publish their research.

The revised guidance has extended the implementation deadline by one year to 01 January 2021 and addressed our main concerns including (1) exemptions for CC BY-ND licences (in the Humanities and Social Sciences) (2) softening of the mandatory technical requirements for publications and publishing venues and repositories (3) explicit support for venues with no author-facing fees and societies and open infrastructures (4) commitment to develop clear guidelines for waivers/discounts for authors and for collaboration with non-cOAlition S researchers (5) commitment to implement a new research incentive and reward system.

Toma Susi (YAE Vice-Chair and contact for Plan S):

Our organisations spent considerable time to understand and discuss the reasons for Plan S and implementation details such as copyright and licensing and the many technical requirements. This was vital for developing informed and constructive policy recommendations, which has clearly been effective given the amendments of the guidance and the public recognition of our feedback by cOAlition S.

Véronique De Herde (Eurodoc Secretariat Coordinator and contact for Plan S):

cOAlition S has listened to the concerns of researchers and positively revised the guidance. More transparency in publishing costs/prices plus a new reward system not focused on journal impact factor will release researchers from the increasingly unaffordable prestige-driven model and enable more cost-effective and fair ways of publishing and evaluating research.

Mattias Björnmalm (MCAA Vice-Chair of WG Policy and contact for Plan S):

We hope to see more awareness-raising and communication as well as ongoing interaction with the research community leading up to the implementation of Plan S by cOAlition S. These issues have been debated for more than a decade and real change is long overdue. It is now crucial that researchers take an active and leading role in the future of Open Access.

We hereby reaffirm our support for Plan S and look forward to working closely with cOAlition S to ensure a successful implementation of Open Access for researchers.

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5th June 2019. For further information please contact Toma Susi | @mostlyphysics |

YAE participates in the European National Young Academies 2019 meeting

The European National Young Academies (ENYA) 2019 meeting took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 17th-18th May 2019. It was organised by the Young Academy Finland and it was attended by delegates from 15 academies. Yan Lavallée, YAE Selection Committee Chair, participated in the meeting on behalf of YAE.

European National Young Academies 2019 meeting attendees (Source: Young Academy Finland)

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Help us grow!

We would like to ask for your help in finding and nominating promising young scholars to join the Young Academy of Europe (YAE). We would very much like for the YAE to grow in numbers and in strength, and ensure that we include members from all fields and countries.

Do you know any young scholars that fit the following criteria? If so, we implore you to put them forward for nomination. We are particularly keen for nominations from under-represented and new Associated Countries, which are Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.



  • Outstanding researchers whose scientific excellence at the international level has been recognised by European or national funding bodies
  • Have a wide interest in science and science policy at the European level
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Are presently carrying out research in the European Union or an associated country
  • Have obtained their doctoral degree no longer than 12 years ago (credit is given for childcare – 12 months per child for women, actual time taken off for men – and national service).


Nomination form

If you are unsure of the suitability of a prospective candidate, please contact If you would like to put someone up for nomination, please fill out the nomination form, which is the only means of nominating new members. Nominations will be assessed by the YAE Selection Committee on a rolling basis throughout the year. Prospective members may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a current member of the YAE, the Academia Europaea (AE), or the board of any European National Young Academy (ENYA).

The nomination documents (PDF format, preferably submitted as one merged file) should contain:

  • Application form
  • Brief curriculum vitae, including a list of most important publications (max. 3 pages)
  • Statement of interest indicating, among others, the intended participation in one or more of the activities of the YAE (1–2 pages)
  • We ask for 2 letters of nomination from YAE or AE members from two separate countries, as we expect individuals of sufficient standing to have contacts to established scholars across Europe. We also accept nominations from Board Members of other National or National Young Academies, or from members of the Academia Europaea. If you work in a country or field that is not well-represented in our membership base, please contact the most relevant person from the YAE Board to discuss other possible options.
  • Copy of the candidate’s doctorate certificate (important!)


At the discretion of the Selection Committee, one of the two supporters may be a member of another prestigious academy, and other requirements can in exceptional cases be adapted. Since we do require recommendation letters, you can also help by writing one if you are approached to do so.

We thank you all in advance with helping the YAE to grow and enabling a voice for the young to build a strong future European research strategy.

16th May 2019. For further information please contact

Alonso de la Fuente

Affiliation: Jagiellonian University Library, PL

Keywords: Philology, Historical linguistics, Comparative linguistics, Typology, Syntax, Language documentation, Endangered language from Asia and Africa, Translation studies



Full profile:

I graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid with a major in Slavic Studies. After various stays in Germany, France, Poland, and Finland, I became interested in the linguistic diversity of China and Northeastern Eurasia. Back then, I decided to focus on Chinese, the Tungusic and Eskaleut languages, Ainu, and Japanese. I earned my PhD in Linguistics from the University of the Basque Country in 2012 with a dissertation on Ainu historical linguistics (my M.A. in Linguistics revolved around the origin of certain verb formations in the Tungusic languages; I wrote a second M.A., this time in Religious Studies, on the religious vocabulary of Aleut and the translatological issues involved in the evangelization of an eminently shamanic society).

Position of Young Academies on Open Access and Open Data

In preparation for the upcoming Open Science conference in Amsterdam, the YAE has joined forces with other Young Academies in Europe as well as the Global Young Academy, to prepare statements on both Open Science and Open Data. These statements will be officially presented to the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas, at the conference on 4th April 2016. The statements can be found here and here.

1st April 2016. For further information please contact


Spreading Excellence in Europe workshop

As part of the initiative “Spreading Excellence in Europe“, the YAE, in collaboration with the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wroclaw, the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists and Nature Publishing Group, hosted the first “Excellent Science Days” in Wroclaw, on 5th-6th November 2015. The major objective of this event was to promote excellence across Europe by strengthening the potential of young researchers from central and eastern Europe to become competitors in European excellence initiatives, as well as enhancing their capacity to successfully submit their research manuscripts to top-level natural sciences journals. Thanks to Aleksandra Nowak from the AE Knowledge Hub, Magdalena Rowinska Zyrek from Wroclaw University, Sabina Górska from the Polish Academy of Sciences, and Liesbeth Venema and Iulia Georgescu from Nature Publishing group for making this workshop such a success.

9th November 2015. For further information please contact

4th Annual Meeting of the Young Academy of Europe, 2015

The fourth annual meeting of the Young Academy of Europe took place on 7th September 2015 in Darmstadt, Germany. It was organised in conjunction with the Annual General Conference of the Academia Europaea (7th-10th September). All YAE members were also invited to  attend the AE meeting.
08:30-09:00 Registration09:00-09:10 Welcome and introduction, Lynn Kamerlin (Chair of the YAE)09:10-09:30 Presentation of YAE activities and developments, Lynn Kamerlin (Chair of the YAE)

09:30-10:15 Plenary talk, Jean-Claude Burgelmann (DG Research and Innovation, European Commission)

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 Election of Board members

11:30-12:15 Debate on Resaver pension fund, Andreas Dahlén (European Commission) and Johan Huysse (VSNU), moderated by Christian Keysers (YAE Board)

12:30-13:30 Lunch/Networking

13:30-17:00 YAE scientific sessions

LS session
Nikolaus Weiskopf (Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL, London): “Towards in-vivo histology using magnetic resonance imaging
Dana Branzei (FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology Foundation, Milan): “DNA replication and recombination: tight connections
Mangala Srinivas (Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Nijmegen): “Shhh….listen!

PE session
Artur Bednarkiewicz (Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, and Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+): “Luminescent nanoparticles for life sciences
Nicola Pugno (University of Trento): “Bionicomposites
Panayiota Poirazi (Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion): “The role of dendrites in memory formation

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

SH session
Monica Brinzei (Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Orléans: “Education, school institution and scholars-network during the late middle ages
Christian Keysers (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam): “How our brain allows us to empathise with the actions, sensations and emotions of others
Hagit Amirav (VU University, Amsterdam): “The interface between sociology and the study of history: Sociological perspectives on the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451)

17:00-18:30 Panel discussion: Young scientist careers (Panelists: Anne Buttimer, Marie Farge, Gunnar von Heijne, Eva Kondorosi)

19:00 Reception

The YAE meeting will took place at TU Darmstadt:

Room A03
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
9th September 2015. For further information please contact