Sarah de Rijcke, deputy director of CWTS and leader of the research group EPIC, has become member of the Young Academy of Europe. The YAE is a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, scientific exchange and science policy. The organization was started by grantees of the European Research Council as a bottom-up initiative. This innovative group of recognized European young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and science policy aims to provide input and advice from a younger generation’s perspective, "a vital requirement to shape EU-wide Science Policy for the prospering of science in Europe for future generations", according to the YAE.
De Rijcke is very happy with her new membership, which resulted from a peer based selection process. De Rijcke: "The YAE is a voice that gets heard in science policy circles. I believe that the contributions of my research group can help make a difference in changing the way science is currently governed, for instance by offering our expertise on how to develop more responsible evaluation and reward structures".