About the YAE

Since 2007 the European Research Council (ERC) has been supporting excellent young scientists in Europe by awarding them ERC Starting Grants under the motto “Supporting the next generation of research leaders in Europe”. In this context, the ERC has also manifested its support to the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) as a bottom-up initiative of a dynamic and innovative group of recognized European young scientists with outspoken views about science and science policy.

The Young Academy of Europe wishes to

  • Provide input and feedback on aspects of doing science in Europe, with all its facets, from a “younger” perspective, in particular to the ERC;
  • Involve top young scientists in the future European research strategy such as Long Range Plans and ESF Roadmaps;
  • Support other young scientists in Europe in their further development and in thinking strategically about the future of their own discipline;
  • Create and foster a network of top young researchers across the disciplines in Europe.

The YAE shares the objective of the ERC to widen participation across Europe and across the research domains.

Academia Europaea


Following meetings of ERC Starting Grant grantholders in 2010 and 2011 at the national level, a kick-off meeting with 11 ERC grantholders from various member states was held in Paris in September 2011. At this meeting, possible routes towards establishing a Young Academy of Europe were discussed, and its aims and activities were defined.

Since then, the YAE has been consolidating, and in 2012 initiated together with the Academia Europaea (AE) discussions about a close future association. The Young Academy of Europe was formally established as an independent association of top young researchers in Europe at a constitutive annual meeting held in Brussels on 7/8 December 2012. Also in December 2012, the YAE became formally affiliated with Academia Europaea.


(as of 2014-10-26)

Andrea Alimonti, Institute of Oncology Research, Bellinzona, CH

Hagit Amirav, VU University, Amsterdam, NL

Alexandre Antonelli, University of Gothenburg, SE

Cátia Antunes, Leiden University, NL

Vincent Artero, CEA, Grenoble, FR

Artur Bednarkiewicz, Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Wroclaw, PL

Massimiliano Berti, University Federico II, Napoli, IT

Gianfranco Bertone, University of Amsterdam, NL

Sven Bestmann, University College London, UK

Stéphane Bordas, Cardiff University, UK

Dana Branzei, Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare, Milano, IT

Monica Brinzei, Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, Orléans, FR

Marius Busemeyer, University of Konstanz, Germany

Sofía Calero, University Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, ES

Daniel Comparat, Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, Orsay, FR

Clémence Corminboeuf, EPFL Lausanne, CH

Maria Pia Cosma, Centre de Regulació Genòmica, Barcelona, ES

Markus Cristinziani, University of Bonn, DE

Michel Crucifix, Université catholique de Louvain, BE

Martina De Moor, University of Utrecht, NL

Christian Doeller (founding member), Radboud University Nijmegen, NL

Rembertus Duine, University of Utrecht, NL

Damien Faivre, MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, DE

Alexander Fidora, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ES

Aikaterini Fotopoulou, University College London, UK

Juan Antonio Gabaldon, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, ES

Liesbet Geris, University of Liège, BE

Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin, UK

Irene Giardina, Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, Roma, IT

Hector Gomez, University of A Coruña, ES

Filip Granek, Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+, PL

Vincenzo Greco (founding member), Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, IT

Ian Gregory, Lancaster University, UK

Nicole Grobert (founding member), University of Oxford, UK

Albert Guillen i Fabregas, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, ES

György Gyürky, Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Debrecen, HU

Siegfried Hapfelmeier, University of Bern, CH

Samira Hassani, CEA Saclay, FR

Oliver Heiri (founding member), University of Bern, CH

Xile Hu, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH

Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, Enschede, NL

Edgar Huitema, University of Dundee, UK

Kyle Jamieson, University College London, UK

Ansgar Kahmen, ETH Zurich, CH

Lynn Kamerlin, Uppsala University, SE

Alban Kellerbauer (founding member), Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, DE

Christian Keysers, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, NL

Michael Köhl, University of Cambridge, UK

Benjamin Kohlmann, University of Freiburg, DE

Geert Kops, University Medical Center Utrecht, NL

Jakob Ladegaard, Aarhus University, DK

Christian Lange, University of Utrecht, NL

Yan Lavallée, University of Liverpool, UK

Sebastian Leidel, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster, DE

Matthew Longo, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Emma Loosley, University of Exeter, UK

Madelon Maurice, University Medical Center Utrecht, NL

André Mischke (founding member), University of Utrecht, NL

Giovanni Modugno, European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Firenze, IT

Frank Niklaus, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, SE

Daniele Oriti, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, DE

Andreas Osterwalder, EPFL Lausanne, CH

Marco Paggi, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, IT

Jörg Peltzer (founding member), University of Heidelberg, DE

Emilio Pérez, IMDEA Nanoscience, Madrid, ES

Nataša Pržulj, Imperial College London, UK

Nicola Pugno, University of Trento, IT

Guido Pupillo, University of Strasbourg, FR

Jan Ramon, KU Leuven, BE

Graziano Ranocchia, Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee, Rome, IT

Alessandro Reali, University of Pavia, IT

Evgeny Rebrov, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Giacomo Roati, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Firenze, IT

Nathaniel Robinson, Linköping University, SE

Magnus Rueping (founding member), RWTH Aachen University, DE

Alexander Sack, Maastricht University, NL

Emma Sayer, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Thomas Schäfer (founding member), University of the Basque Country, ES

Leif Schröder (founding member), Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin, DE

Björn Schumacher, University of Cologne, DE

Dietrich Schwarzkopf, University College London, UK

Suchitra Sebastian, King's College Cambridge, UK

Petra Sijpesteijn (founding member), Leiden University, NL

Juha Silvanto, University of Westminster, UK

Tania Singer, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, DE

Mangala Srinivas, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL

Jens-Christian Svenning, Aarhus University, DK

Marcel Swart, University of Girona and ICREA Barcelona, ES

Christina Thiele, Technical University Darmstadt, DE

Alessandro Tomasiello, University of Milan, IT

Manos Tsakiris, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Yoav Tsori, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IL

Simone Turchetti (founding member), University of Manchester, UK

Marc Vooijs, Maastricht University, NL

Caroline Waerzeggers, Leiden University, NL

Jérôme Waser, EPFL Lausanne, CH

Jan Weigand, Technical University Dresden, DE

Nikolaus Weiskopf, University of Konstanz, DE

Gentiana Wenzel, Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg, DE

Nedjeljka Žagar, University of Ljubljana, SI