The group met at the 2017 GYA Annual General Meeting and discussed potential activities.

In 2017/18, we want to focus on developing a pilot process for including approx. 3 scientists per year in the GYA membership who have been displaced from their home country, and ultimately provide these individuals access to the GYA network and resources.

A second project relates to Iran, where the relative isolation of the country in recent decades poses a particularly burning multi-faceted problem. With the approval of the Iran nuclear deal framework agreement in 2015, a window of opportunity opened up for engaging with Iran and across the “P5+1” countries (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – USA, Russia, China, UK, France – as well as Germany). By organising a meeting of young scientists from Iran and the P5+1 countries in 2018, we will advance the policy agenda and create a space that fosters scientific collaboration, thereby easing tensions and managing conflict by engaging in joint ventures. Moreover, such efforts will play a crucial role in advancing towards tackling global challenges.