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  • Industry 4.0 and the need for AI driven by Explainability

    YEAR is organizing a new webinar. This time, we invite renowned AI specialist Denis Rothman and author of a.o. the book “Hands-on Explainable AI with Python”. He will tell us his view on the development of AI and the need for and role of Explainability as an essential part of it.

    Date: June 21, 2021
    Start time: 13:00 CEST
    End time: 14:00 CEST
    Registration link:


    The Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, initiated in Germany around 2015 and it connects everything to everything with bots, IoT, and robots. Industry 4.0 has begun to automate millions of human micro-decisions with AI. This automation of a significant number of human decisions requires transparency, interpretability, and explanations. 

    The presentation will first explore why AI cannot explain AI without advanced tools, focusing on the billions of pieces of heterogeneous data produced by Industry 4.0 each day. 

    We will then define the challenges of evolving from the Third Industrial Revolution to Industry 4.0. The challenges of going from a merely digital revolution to being fully connected is overwhelming for mainstream industries. 

    The presentation will go into the moral, ethical, and legal constraints that automation faces. GDPR regulations have created many problems for artificial intelligence algorithms built as opaque black boxes. We will then see how explainable AI is a game-changer and how it provides model-agnostic algorithms such as Anchor, LIME, and SHAP to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0.

    Finally, we will show how collaborative bots (cobots) will enhance our ability to use artificial intelligence effectively. 

    By the end of the presentation, you will understand how to face the challenges of Industry 4.0 AI with ethical XAI. 


    • 13:00 Introduction
    • 13:05 Presentation by Denis Rothman
    • 13:45 QA
    • 13:55 Announcements

    Author Biography

    Denis Rothman – Author of “Hands-on Explainable AI with Python”

    Denis Rothman graduated from Sorbonne University and Paris-Diderot University, writing one of the very first word2matrix embedding solutions. He began his career authoring one of the first AI cognitive natural language processing (NLP) chatbots applied as a language teacher for Moët et Chandon and other companies. He authored an AI resource optimizer for IBM and apparel producers. He then authored an advanced planning and scheduling (APS) solution used worldwide. Denis is the author of artificial intelligence books such as Transformers for Natural Language Processing.

    For more on the bio:

    For more on my original patents and cutting-edge implementations:



    Are you interested in this webinar? Register here to receive the meeting invitation and be able to join.

  • ERC Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants

    The Young European Associated Researchers (YEAR) network is happy to present
    our next online webinar about “ERC Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants” on May 27 from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST.
    The training will be presented by Dr Catherine Halbert of Halbert Research.
    Please register through the following link:
    Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming the registration and with the link and token to attend the webinar. Registration is required as the places for this webinar are limited to 100. The deadline for registration is May 24.
    In this webinar the topics covered include:
    13:00 European Research Council Funding
    • Horizon Europe ERC Programme and Grants
    • The importance of the Idea
    • The calibre of the Researcher
    13:20 How to write an ERC Proposal (B1, B2)
    • Early planning and the one-page proposal
    • B1-Overall approach and key information
    • B1-Summary, synopsis, CV and track record
    • 10 min break
    • B2-Objectives, state of the art, methodology, resources
    14:20 The evaluation and selection process
    • The ERC panels
    • Getting through from B1 to B2 and interview
    • Tips from awardees and panellists
    14:40 Discussion
    • Is the funding scheme right for you?
    • What to do next and how to get support
    15:00 End of seminar


    This online seminar focuses on the European Research Council (ERC) Funding Programme. Prospective applicants for ERC STG, COG or ADV grants will gain insights into the planning, preparation and writing of a competitive proposal. The seminar will particularly focus on the ERC Starting Grant, to meet the needs of researchers in the YEAR network. Each participant will receive a copy of the slides and materials. Questions and interaction will be facilitated during the seminar.


    ERC provides attractive, long-term funding to support investigators and their research teams to pursue groundbreaking, high-gain and high-risk research. ERC frontier research grants are awarded on the basis of scientific excellence. Applications can be made in any field of research. Independent researchers of any age and career stage from anywhere in the world can apply. The funding supports investigators looking to set up or consolidate their own independent research team or programme, as well as to already established research leaders.
    Please consider that the webinar will not be recorded and that information on the registered participants (name, email, and research area/discipline) will be shared with the speaker to help her give good examples during the presentation.
    Welcome to the Webinar!

    Catherine Halbert – Director, Halbert Research, Cork, Ireland

    Personal profile: Catherine Halbert

    (BSc, MSc, PhD) is the founder of Halbert Research,
    a niche consultancy company providing mentoring, workshops, and proposal evaluation services for EU funding since 1999. Catherine has 30 years’ experience in research management in academic and industry settings. For the past 20 years, she has worked as an Expert Evaluator, Panel Member, Reviewer, and Quality Controller for the European Commission, working across a broad range of thematic areas and funding programmes (FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020). Catherine was a member of the EC Advisory Group for H2020 Societal Challenge 2, and an EIP-AGRI Working Group member. She has also served on national research evaluation panels in Ireland. Previously Catherine worked as a
    research scientist in plant science (Trinity College Dublin), and food science and technology (University College Cork). Catherine is a part time Lecturer at University College Cork and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Science and Computing at Waterford Institute of Technology. She was a lead partner in two EU-funded projects; STARTEC and TRADEIT. Catherine has coached many researchers and groups from different sectors, disciplines, and countries, helping them to win EU funding. She is currently advising applicants for the new Horizon Europe programme, through customised online training, and proposal mapping sessions for small groups at the early stages of
    project development.
    Tel: +353 25 39004
  • Future of Energy – Ever Changing Energy Landscape

    When: Thursday 29 April 2021 – 13:00-14:00 CET
    Where: Online, clickmeeting (link to be provided after registration)
    How to Register: Click here (

    At the end of April, VTT is organizing a webinar together with YEAR. The topic is the Future of Energy. 

    Today, we face numerous challenges in the energy sector in our strive to become a carbon neutral society. These challenges range from increasing energy demand, to costs and competition, to increasing efficiency and novel production methods, to licensing issues…but with great challenges, come great opportunities for development and diversification. 

    Let’s gather, listen and discuss the future of energy and the global energy landscape – we’ll hear from three leading experts from across European the topics of:

    • Energy and climate strategy 
    • Role of small modular reactors in future energy systems 
    • Hydrogen society 

    Interested?!? Register for the Webinar here! (

    See you there! 


    13.00  Welcome & Introduction
    13.05 Energy & Climate Strategy (P. Vingerhoets, VITO)
    13.20 Role of Small Modular Reactors in Future Energy Systems
    (V. Tulkki, VTT)
    13.35 Hydrogen Society (S. Osk Gardarsdottir, SINTEF)
    13.50  Open discussion
    14.00 Announcements & Closeout of Webinar


    Stefania Osk Gardarsdottir

    Stefania is a Research Manager at SINTEF Energy Research. She has a PhD in Energy Technology from Chalmers University of Technology and her nearly 10 years of research experience focuses on CO2 capture in power and industrial processes as well as in connection to hydrogen production from natural gas. Her work includes process modelling and simulations, techno-economic evaluations of CO2 capture processes and value-chain analysis of the full hydrogen and CCS chain.



    Ville Tulkki

    Dr. Ville Tulkki currently works as a leader of the Reactor Analysis team at VTT’s Nuclear Energy research area. He has been researching the future applications of nuclear energy, focusing on non-electric applications of small modular reactors, and coordinates the EURATOM-funded project ELSMOR, “towards European licensing of small modular reactors”. He is leading VTT’s work on conceptual design for a district heating reactor suitable for European networks, and has been forming Finnish network aiming to create business opportunities related to small modular reactors to Finnish companies. Ville’s background is in nuclear fuel analysis and he has been representing Finnish stakeholders as a technical expert in various international projects on nuclear fuel experiments, such as at the OECD/NEA Halden Reactor Project and Jules Horowitz Reactor project.

    Pieter Vingerhoets

    Pieter Vingerhoets received his masters in 2006 and his PhD in nuclear physics in 2011. Since then, he worked at KU Leuven – Energyville as a project manager in the field of smart grid technologies and related applications such as demandresponse. Currently, he is expert energy & climate strategy in VITO-Energyville. He analyses the design and impacts of the European legislative framework for the member states and provides policy support at regional and national level for effective and cost-efficient energy actions to reach national and European climate   goals.   He   is   an   expert   on   energy   system   modelling   and   techno-economic pathways to reach climate neutrality in 2050

Successful YEAR webinar on RTOs actions against COVID 19

We just finished our webinar about the actions that European RTOs are taking against COVID 19. With 4 interesting speakers from 4 different RTOs and about 50 participants this second webinar from 2020 was another great success!

We got insight into vary different topics that are being addressed by these RTOs. Want to know more about what European RTOs are doing against COVID 19? Check out this impressive list of projects against COVID 19 that are being done by EARTO members.

YEAR Annual Report 2019 published

Last year was an eventful year for the Young European Associated Researchers network. We visited the EARTO annual conference, held some great events in various countries, highlight being our own Annual Conference, and welcomed the Irish Tyndall National Institute as a our youngest member institute.

We captured this wonderful year in detail in our annual report. Enjoy the read!

YEAR’s tips to make the best out of your home office

Since the COVID-19 pandemic striked Europe, most of the researchers of our members institutes are working from home. We understand that this can be challenging at times. That’s why we bundled the tips and tricks given at our member institutes (AICIA, AIT, RISE, SINTEF, TNO, Tyndall, VITO, VTT) in this article.