About Our Organization

YEAR is the network of young researchers in Europe. We aim to be a common channel for trainings, networking, consulting and mobility for young researchers in Europe.

Our network brings together a potential of about 4,000 young researchers in European research.

Who are we?

YEAR (Young European Associated Researchers) is a non-profit international organization which gathers professionals from European Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs). If the organisations are the members of YEAR (that is to say that there is no individual membership), the young researchers and early-stage career employees are the core of our network.

What is our vision and mission?

YEAR vision is to enhance the potential, capabilities and competitiveness of the European Research Area (ERA) by increasing the exchange of ideas and contacts at researcher level.

We strongly believe that early-stage researchers of today will define our future. Thus, our mission is to create opportunities to support the development of young researchers’ career by helping them to extend their professional network and gain new skills in an international environment.

YEAR develops its activities on three main pillars:

How to become a member?

Who can become member?

RTOs and Research and Development departments of industrial organisations are considered as potential YEAR members. There is no individual membership. YEAR is aimed at organisations and departments of larger organisations that are established in member countries of the European Union or European Economic Area, which are managerially independent and which provide research and development, technology and innovation services as their predominant activity.

Is there an age limit?

YEAR is meant for early-stage career and young-minded people; therefore, there is no age limit to join our activities.

What does it cost?

The amount of the membership fee depends on the number of employees in your organization. The fee is 5 € per employee with a minimum of 800 € and a maximum of 6,000 €.

A 15% discount to the subscription will be given to each organization that has an internal young employees’ association linked to it.

A formalized network of young researchers within a participating organisation is not a requirement for membership. However, to set up an internal network of young researchers will help your organization as a whole – we can offer you help on building up such a network.

If you are interested in joining YEAR, please contact us at contact@year-network. Your time is very important for us; thus, we have reduced the bureaucracy to the minimum.

Members

Officially founded in 2007, our current members are:

  • AICIA Asociación de Investigación y Cooperación Industrial de Andalucía, Spain – www.aicia.es
  • AIT– Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria –  www.ait.ac.at
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden – www.ri.se
  • SINTEF, Norway –  www.sintef.no
  • TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, The Netherlandswww.tno.nl
  • TYNDALL Tyndall National Institute, Irelandhttps://www.tyndall.ie
  • VITO Vlaamse instelling voor technologisch onderzoek, Belgium – www.vito.be
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland – www.vtt.fi

Chair

Colm Mc Caffrey

Colm is a Research Scientist in Sensors and Integration at VTT (Finland). He works on low power, wirelessly powered and fully passive sensor systems and is especially interested in applying emerging IoT technologies to tackle global sustainability issues. He joined the board in 2017

colm.mccaffrey@vtt.fi

Vice-chair

Jef Bergmans

Jef is a Research Scientist in  the unit Sustainable Materials Management at VITO (Belgium). He works in the field of Recycling Technologies for inorganic waste streams (e.g. metallurgical waste, construction and demolition waste, fine-grained sludges). He joined the board in 2014.

jef.bergmans@vito.be

Treasurer

Johanna Björkmalm

Johanna is a research scientist and doctoral candidate at the department of Energy and Circular Economy at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Her research lies within the field of resources from waste and focuses on modeling of anaerobic biological processes for enhanced understanding, prediction and efficiency of the process. She joined the board in 2017.

johanna.bjorkmalm@ri.se

Secretary

Caitlyn Huotilainen

Caitlin is a Research Scientist in the Nuclear Reactor Materials team at VTT (Finland). She holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse. Her current research focuses on ensuring the safe and long-term operation of existing and future nuclear power plants. She joined the Board in 2018.

caitlin.huotilainen@vtt.fi 

 

European Affairs

Clara Lujan

Clara is EU R&D project manager at AICIA (Spain) and associate professor at the University of Seville. She works in the field of low power and low voltage microelectronic design and low power embedded systems and wireless sensor networks. She joined the Board in 2011.

cilujan@aicia.es

External Relations

Alexis Sevault

Alexis is a Research Scientist in the department of Energy Research – Thermal Energy at SINTEF (Norway). He holds a PhD degree in oxy-combustion for CO2 capture in power production. He now works in the fields of thermal energy storage (esp. with phase change materials) and biomass combustion. He joined the Board in 2012.

Alexis.Sevault@sintef.no

 

Communications

Mike Wilmer

Mike is a junior scientist at TNO, The Hague. He has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He now works at the department of Data Science on the explainability of machine learning. He joined the board in 2019.

mike.wilmer@tno.nl

 

 

Communications

Michela Vignoli

Michela is Junior Scientist at AIT, Austrian Institute of Technology, where she gained expertise in Open Science, Open Access, and Open (Research) Data. As YEAR board member she considerably contributed to consultation activities with the European Commission and to the organisation of YEAR events. Earlier this year she was nominated member of the EU high-level advisory group Open Science Policy Platform. She joined the board in 2013.

michela.vignoli@ait.ac.at

Technology manager

Simon Gunkel

Simon is a scientist and innovator at TNO, The Hague. He received a Master of Science degree in 2012 both from the Technical University Berlin in Germany and KAIST in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. His ongoing research efforts cover a wide range of topics in multimedia such as Virtual Reality, multimedia communication, video conferencing, and Quality of Experience. Simon joined the board in 2017.

Simon.gunkel@tno.nl

Event Manager

Behrooz Sangchoolie

Behrooz is a researcher in the Dependable System section at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology. His current research interests include dependability assessment of computer systems as well as safety and security interplay analysis using fault and attack injection. He joined the Board in 2019.

behrooz.sangchoolie@ri.se 

 

Member

Salvatore is a Senior Researcher – Team Leader at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. He received the M.Sc. degree in 2011 from the University of Salento in Italy and joined Tyndall in 2012. His research interest are focused on wearable technologies for healthcare and well-being, human movement analysis in sports and clinical populations, motion sensors, signal processing, data analytics and machine learning. Salvatore joined the board in 2019.

Member

Anahid Jalali

Anahid is a scientist in the department of Digital Safety and Security at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). Her research includes the application of Machine Learning technologies, specifically deep learning with a focus on predictive maintenance and explainability in ML. She joined the board in 2019.