May 11-12, 2015. Hosted by VTT, Espoo / Helsinki.



The Young European Associated Researchers (YEAR) Network organises its Annual Conference on 11-12 May 2015 at Innopoli 2 in Espoo (Finland) with a focus on Open Science!

Sharing is caring“! This is probably a good way to describe what Open Science really means: a new approach to science to share ideas, research results, research data, and publications with the rest of the world, through the newly available network technologies.

The YEAR Annual Conference is a two-day event for young researchers, which offers a platform for exchange and training focused on key aspects of EU projects. For the 2015 edition, co-funded by FOSTER, YEAR chooses to focus the conference on Open Science in Horizon 2020. This event provides young researchers with a solid basis for successful integrations of both open access and open research data concepts in Horizon 2020 projects as well as current research workflows.

Annual Conference 2015


  • Conference Day 1: invited international experts will introduce strategies for fulfilling open access requirements in H2020 projects and Open Data Pilots. The goal of Day 1 is to give the attendees the necessary background information and useful tools for publishing open access or open research data.
  • Conference Day 2: the young researchers are invited to come with a project idea relying on, or promoting open research data/open science aspects. They will be challenged to defend their idea and to work it out with the other young researchers to take a chance to win one of the two YEAR Awards. The goal is for the young researchers to gain hands-on experience on developing strong project ideas as well as to find other potential project partners.
  • YEAR Awards: the two most outstanding project ideas defended and developed during the Conference Day 2 will be awarded.The YEAR Awards consist of a European Project Management training course and 5000 euros each to further develop the project ideas.
  • Last but not least, for those willing to extend their network, YEAR organises a social week-end before the Annual Conference on 9-10 May.

If you have any questions, please, send an email to


Supported by the EU FOSTER project.

The conference is co-funded by YEAR, FOSTER, and VTT. Co-organisers are YEAR, VTT, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, KNOW Center Graz and SINTEF.