Aims and Objectives
At the e-AGM in June 2020, GYA members discussed a number of topics and decided on three focus areas as priority topics for the GYA in 2020/21.
This GYA Focus Area starts from the observation that the current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting activities and interactions lead to scientists, stakeholders, and citizens re-thinking the value of science. Science does not need to be a coldly rational, impersonal and utilitarian force. Connecting science to emotional intelligence, common sense and cultural sensibilities will forge new bonds with society and restore trust.
It is also important to go beyond a facile opposition between tradition and science. Taking into account human intuition, technical skills, neglected disciplines and indigenous knowledge will enrich science and broaden society’s knowledge base.
The topic of this group also aligns with the topic chosen for the 2021 GYA AGM and Conference (in Japan, or online).