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  • 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


    Stevania Osk Gardarsdottir

    Stefania is a Research Manager with 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

  • YEAR Pub Quiz

    We proudly present you: our first YEAR quiz. Subscribe yourself here and we will put you in a quiz team with researchers from other other RTOs. After getting to know each other, you will compete with your team in three short quiz rounds.

    When: 15 April, 19:00-20:15
    Where: online (links provided after subscription)

    Subscription link:
    Subscription deadline: 12 April, 23:59.

  • Presenting to an online audience with impact

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 13:00 – 15:00 CET

    How to present your research or project to an audience that can only see you through the webcam? In this workshop you will learn to present online your message with impact.

    Aim: the participants learn to present their research or project online in a clear and convincing manner, tailored to the needs of the target group.

    Register here.

    Approach: a combination of practical tips, interactive exercises and inspiring cases.

    Trainer: Hans Van de Water from The Floor is Yours

    Workshop content

    The following elements will be discussed during the workshop:

    • What makes presenting online different?
    • Which software should you use?
    • Can you use the same slides for online presentations?
    • How do you keep the attention of your audience?
    • How do you make it interactive?
    • What do you say in your first minute?
    • Do you have to be visible too when you use slides?
    • Should you sit or stand?
    • How do you make eye contact

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.