GYA Declaration of Support for Afghan Scholars
The members and alumni of the GYA urge governments, universities and scientific organisations to take immediate action to secure the lives and careers of Afghanistan’s scholars and students.
A particular focus is necessary to protect women, children, and at-risk groups. We support and encourage action by National (Young) Academies and scientific communities around the globe to protect the scientific and educational achievements that have been realised in Afghanistan, all of which were gained with the tremendous efforts of the Afghan nation and international organisations.
Can science counter fake news?
The newest GYA Blog post is from past EC member Abdalhadi Alijla (Orient Institute-Beirut/ Varieties of Democracy Institute, Lebanon) and is titled “The COVID-19 pandemic: Can science counter fake news?”
The article is based on the author’s content analysis of hundreds of news pieces published between January and July 2020, in which he finds sound evidence that the more scientists and health officials engage with the issue and media – particularly through targeted social media campaigns – the less “fake news” is spread, and the more scientists have an impact.
You can read the entire GYA Blog here, and do keep on the lookout for upcoming posts highlighing the need for “Global Moonshot Research”, and another on recent developments for ERCs in Latin American and the Caribbean.