These are the results of the June-July 2020 RYA selection process. 18 candidates were admitted out of the 23 who applied this year. The success rate was thus around 80 %.

17 candidates were accepted in the first instance and the 18th was accepted after his successful appeal.

Later on, one candidate declined the offer of membership due to his unexpectedly overloaded work schedule during the academic year 2020-2021. He will re-apply in 2021, when his work load diminishes.

Right now, there are thus 17 RYA members.

The selection committee, to be found below, was formed by reknown international academics.

After having received the two reviews for each applicant, we had panel discussions and, according to the selection criteria, the main reasons for which applicants were selected were these:

- expertise of the researcher

- academic merits of the research project

- feasability of the project in terms of the proposed civic action and policy input

We used the EC threshold of 6,5 for funding eligibility.


RYA admitted applicants 2020 

Theme 1: Technological development and human health/ quality of life

1) Dr Mihaela Constantinescu 

Research Centre in Applied Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest 

Moral Responsibility in the 21st Century: Challenges from AI

2) Dr Guillaume Ducoffe

Lecturer, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science/

Research Scientist, National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics (I.C.I.), Bucharest

New Models for the Structure and Evolution of Contamination Networks

3) Dr Cristina Gentiana Dumitrascu

Teaching Assistant, ‘Ion Mincu’ University for Architecture and Urban Planning, Faculty of Interior Architecture, Interior Design Department

Type-apartment Building Blocks’ Diaries

4) Dr Radu-Tudor Ionescu

Prof. Habil., Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest

Medical Image Super-Resolution and Semantic Segmentation Using Deep Learning

 5) Dr Ana-Maria Talos

Assistant Professor, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography, Department of Human and Economic Geography

Active and Healthy Ageing: The Case Study of the Population over 65 Years Old from Bucharest, Romania 

6) Dr Razvan Pascu

Research Scientist III, IMT Bucharest, NanoBio Technologies Laboratory

Harsh Environment Sensors with Innovative Technologies for Human Health and Security (SensTech – Security)

7) Dr Lucian-Gabriel Zamfir

Research assistant, R&D Center LaborQ (Laboratory for Quality Control and Process Monitoring), University of Bucharest

Biosensors for Fast Detection of Biologically Active Compounds  

Theme 2: Climate change and environmental sustainability

1) Dr Aritina Haliuc

Postdoctoral researcher, Université de Bordeaux, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Unité Mixte de Recherche (UMR) 5805, Environnements et Paléoenvironnements Océaniques et Continentaux (EPOC)

Climate Extremes (Droughts) and Their Impacts: Lessons from the Past to Close the Gap between Science and Action  

2) Dr Pavel Ichim 

Assistant professor; ‘Al. I. Cuza’ University of Iasi, Faculty of Geography and Geology

Urban Climate in Iasi Municipality: Observations, Impact, Adaptation, and Mitigation of Climate Change Effects

 3) Dr Remus Pravalie

Research assistant, Center for Coastal Research and Environmental Protection, University of Bucharest

Spatial Investigation of Recent Global Changes in Soil Organic Carbon as a Pathway for Assessing Land Degradation Dynamics across the World

4) Dr Sabin-Gabriel Rotaru

Scientific researcher, GeoEcoMar National R&D Institute for Marine Geology and Geoecology

Integrating the Sediment Management Component into Nature Based Solutions for Reducing Climate Change Effects and Anthropogenic Influence in the Lower Danube

5) Dr Florin Iulian Zainescu

Research assistant, Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest

Numerical Modelling for Understanding Storm Impact and Changes in Wave Climate on the Danube Delta Coast

Theme 3: Democracy and social cohesion

1) Dr Adela Hincu

School of Arts and Sciences, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Expert Knowledge and Social Policy in Late Socialist and Post-socialist Romania

2) Dr Paul-Gabriel Sandu

Associate teaching staff, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy

The Animal Other – Towards an Animal Ethics

3) Dr Silvia Suteu

Lecturer in Public Law, University College London (UCL), Faculty of Law

Popular Participation in Constitutional Change: The Case of Romania

4) Dr Dumitru-Alexandru Aioanei

Research Assistant, ‘A .D. Xenopol’ Institute of History, Romanian Academy, Iasi

Daily Life on the Romanian-Soviet Frontier: Propaganda, Hostility and Cooperation

5) Dr Radu Uszkai 

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Do 21st Century Democracies Need Pirate Politics?


RYA selection committee 2020

Prof. Anita Avramides

University of Oxford, Faculty of Philosophy, St. Hilda’s College

Prof Klaus Boehnke

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Jacobs University Bremen, President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)

Dr. Mandy Boehnke

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), University of Bremen

Dr. Andrej Ceglar

Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Prof. Roger Crisp

University of Oxford, Faculty of Philosophy, St. Anne’s College, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Prof. Ian Durham

St. Anselm College, NH, USA, Chair of the Physics Department, American Physical Society

Prof. Eva-Maria Engelen

The Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)/ University of Konstanz, Faculty of Philosophy, Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy) founding member 

Prof. Márta Fülöp

Head of Social and Cultural Psychology Department, Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor of Social Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Faculty of Psychology and Education

Prof. Marcello Ienca

Chair of Bioethics, Health Ethics & Policy Lab, Competence Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Science (RESC), Department of Health Sciences & Technology (D-HEST), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology/ ETH Zurich// Swiss Network of Neuroscience, Ethics and Law (SNNEL), OECD Steering Committee on Neurotechnology

Prof. Rainer Maria Kiesow

EHESS Paris, Director of the Centre Georg Simmel – Recherches franco-allemandes en sciences sociales, Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy) founding member

Dr. Johannes Kleiner

Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University, Basic Research Community for Physics (BRCP), Leipzig

DI Bernadette Kropf

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Institute for Sustainable Economic Development

Prof. Tzu-Ping Lin

Department of Architecture, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

Prof. Andreas Matzarakis

Albert Ludwig University Freiburg, Head of Research Centre Human Biometeorology, German Meteorological Service

Dr. Andre Santos Nouri

Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Bilkent University, Ankara

Dr. Jolanda van der Noll

Faculty of Psychhology, Fern University in Hagen

Prof. Miloš Vec

Department of Legal and Constitutional History, University of Vienna