These are exciting times for YEAR, as we are expanding our membership. The latest new member is Tyndall National Institute, based in Ireland, joining the organisation in 2019. This will bring the number of institutional members to 8, and increase our reach to a base to approximately 4500 young researchers. YEAR is aiming at managed and sustainable growth, and we are always on the lookout for new RTO members who can benefit most from our strategy and objectives. If you are interested in joining YEAR, find our more here and contact us at

About Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) materials, devices and systems. It is one of Ireland’s five National Labs, specialising in both electronics and photonics. Tyndall works with industry and academia to transform research into products in its core market areas of electronics, communications, energy, health, agri-tech & the environment. With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, they are focused on delivering human and economic impact from excellence in research. A research flagship of University College Cork, Tyndall employs over 500 researchers, engineers and support staff across 52 nationalities, including a cohort of 120 full time graduate students.


“We are delighted to welcome Tyndall into YEAR. I am especially happy that my home country (Ireland) will be represented by Ireland’s leading research institute. As a past employee of Tyndall, I know there is a vibrant and ambitious base of young researchers there, and I am looking forward to their enriching YEAR. “Colm Mc Caffrey – President of YEAR

“Tyndall is delighted to become a member of the YEAR network. As we significantly expand our organisation we are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to enhance the skills, confidence, experience and networks of our talented young researchers. We look forward to a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with YEAR”.  Tom O’Grady – Head of HR


The YEAR Annual Conference 2019 took place on the 27-28th of May at the premises of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in Gothenburg. The event targeted young and early-stage researchers. It provided networking opportunities and training for improving their interdisciplinary skills, developing novel project ideas and working in teams.

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The Young Energy Researchers Conference takes place on 27 – 28 February 2019 in Wels/Austria and is organised by the OÖ Energiesparverband, the energy agency of Upper Austria.

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The YEAR Annual Conference 2017 was this year held in Brussels 12-13 June. During this 2-days event, professional trainers gave a hands-on training in ideation, pitching as well as collaborative and innovative thinking. For this training, YEAR collaborated with The Forge. The Forge is a training company this is specialized in innovation and efficient communication.

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The G-STIC 2017 Student & Research Challenges are launched to encourage students, PhD students and junior researchers worldwide to come up with original and innovative ideas on new technological solutions that hold great potential for achieving the SDGs.

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