Dear Members of the Young Academy of Europe,

Many of you joined us in Budapest for our Annual General Meeting and joint meeting with the Academia Europaea. Those who were there, will agree that is was a wonderful occasion held in a beautiful backdrop of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. We had a very productive first day where we were joined by hfp consulting, who lead an informative workshop on time management. We all then went on to enjoy the Launch Party for the YAE charity, were new and old members got to network and form new friendships. Due to the new charity status of the YAE we spent some time discussing the Bylaws and also heard some interesting presentations from several of the National Young Academies, which we hope will join us in helping to grow the YAE in numbers and status.

YAE Annual Group Meeting in Budapest
YAE Annual Group Meeting in Budapest

Finally we had the important business of electing our new board members in which there were 7 vacant positions. Members of the Board who stepped down were: Sven Bestmann, Nicole Grobert, and Alexander Fidora. Their contribution and countless efforts on behalf of the YAE were enormous and we owe them a great debt of thanks.
Following the outcome of the election, the composition of the new Board for 2017/2018 is as follows:

YAE Annual Group Meeting in Budapest Election Outome

Marcel Swart Chair
Mangala Srinivas Vice-Chair
Sebastian Leidel Treasurer
Monica Brinzei Secretary
Yan Lavallee Selection Committee Chair
Lydia Schumacher Selection Committee Vice-Chair
Sylvestre Bonnet Selection Committee Vice-Chair
Toma Susi Membership Chair
Karin Sigloch Membership Vice-Chair
Manuel Fernández-Götz Membership Vice-Chair
Kate Black Communications Chair
Raúl Arenal Communications Vice-Chair


Following our own AGM, there was the Joint AE/ALLEA/YAE meeting, where the YAE was well represented during the scientific sessions, both by speakers and session leaders. The highlight of the Joint Meeting however was the very first YAE Annual Prize, which was awarded to Rianne Letschert, Rector of Univ. Maastricht, you can read more about Rianne and the prize here.

We have already started planning the next annual AGM meeting, which will most likely take place in Barcelona in the third week of November. We hope many of you will be able to join us then.

Best wishes
YAE Board