The ASEAN SLP was inaugurated in 2016 as an initiative of the Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in partnership with the Global Young Academy, inspired by the successful Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP). This pioneer ASEAN SLP is the project corresponding to the findings of the Global State of Young Scientists-ASEAN (GloSYS-ASEAN) 2015 survey.

2016 – First ASEAN SLP
The first ASEAN SLP was held from 9-12 June 2016 in Bangsaen, Thailand, bringing together 18 mid-career researchers from five countries and disciplines in the sciences and humanities. The 2016 ASEAN SLP was designed and conducted by the Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University and the specialist facilitation company KnowInnovation, with co-funding support by the Thai National Science, Technology, Innovation, and Policy Office (STI), the NSTDA and PTT Public Company Limited.

A detailed report on the event can be found here.

2017 – Second ASEAN SLP
The second ASEAN SLP 2017 successfully took place near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 7-11 September 2017, with support from the Young Scientists Network–Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) and the GYA, in collaboration with the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), The World Academy of Sciences Young Affiliates Network (TYAN) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Malaysia and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Malaysia.

All 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and Timor Leste were represented, with a total of 35 ASEAN SLP participants, designated as fellows (including 6 returning fellows from ASEAN SLP 2016). The fellows benefited from expert facilitation led by Maggie Dugan and Tim Morley from KnowInnovation and GYA member and Thai Young Scientists Academy Chair, Dr Numpon Mahayotsanun over the 4-day programme. Past GYA Co-Chairs Dr Eva Alisic, Prof Bernard Slippers, GYA alumnus, Prof Dr Wibool Piyawattanametha and Prof Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam played a significant role as mentors and provocateurs.

Read a full report here.


In its first two years, 47 young scholars and scientists from all 10 ASEAN countries have participated in the ASEAN SLP, and its success is further marked by the confirmation of a further three years of funding by the Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) from 2019-2021, for the programme to take place in Thailand.