The Science Leadership Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-SLP) is a capacity-building initiative of the Global Young Academy (GYA), funded primarily by the Inter Academy Partnership (IAP), the Global Young Academy (GYA) and carried out with the support of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. The SLP supports early to mid-career researchers (ECRs) from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in basic and applied sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities, to equip them with leadership tools for team development, engagement and collaboration.
For the GYA, science leadership is a collaborative, reflective approach to creative thinking and cooperation related to advancing science in diverse contexts.
LAC SLP Partners:
More information on all the GYA’s Science Leadership activities can be found here: Science Leadership – Global Young Academy.
Find out more about the GYA’s approach to Science Leadership in the video linked here and in this video on “What is Collective Leadership?” (link to YouTube).
Several fellows have been working together in the development of joint written works, such as manuscripts and op-eds. Others have coordinated the beginning of new research collaborations.
The policy briefs will continue to be improved and refined, mostly by the learning objectives of 2 more online sessions with policy experts.
The policy briefs written by the fellows, will be launched at SRI 2023 in Panama as the Leticia Declaration, this will enable high exposure in this key sustainability meeting. The launch session is included in the conference program.
The group of fellows will receive support from the GYA Science Diplomacy in the Americas working group to participate in the SRI event and to liaise and follow up with stakeholders from LATAM countries.
The First LAC Science Leadership Programme received 260 applications. The selected cohort brought together over 20 early- to mid-career researchers from the LAC region in Leticia, Colombia, in December 2022. The programme fully funded 8 fellows to travel to the in-person workshop and offered self-funded spots for 9 fellows to participate in the programme, including the in-person workshop in Leticia, Colombia. Additionally 2 UNAL professors joined the workshop in Leticia. Read more about the first meeting here.
Paulina Carmona, LAC-SLP co-lead, presented the programme and experiences so far at the World Science Forum session: “Building bridges for early career scientists: global experiences on impactful leadership training and networking.” GYA members and alumni shine at World Science Forum 2022 – Global Young Academy.
These outcomes stem spontaneously from the possibilities of the networking between fellows, and showcase how a collective creative thinking training can quickly create an effective and strong network:
Arely Anaya, Autonomous University of Tlaxcala, Mexico and Eunice Enriquez, University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala, have created a joint international multidisciplinary seminar series. These aim to showcase ECR research and to nurture scientific networks in LAC. Registration here.
Maria Isabel Arroyo, University of Antioquia, Colombia, shared her experience on the in-person workshop in Leticia, at the radio in Colombia. You can listen to her experience here.
Arely Anaya, Autonomous University of Tlaxcala, Mexico talked about the LAC-SLP on Mexican TV (watch it here).
Laisa Freire, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is already applying and transferring several SLP tools with the broader community in Brazil. This video shows her recent experience in capacity building for environmental educators:
Eunice Enriquez, University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala, presented the program at the Guatemala meeting of University presidents, and replicated the in person workshop with a One Health focus at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala.
All the fellows have worked in a session proposal at SRI 2023, which was selected for the program: SRI Congress | Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress