For GYA members and alumni only: connect to the group, collaborate and discuss with other members on the GYA-internal Agora platform here.


Virtual Missions 2021

GYA members Bernardo Urbani (Venezuela) and Manuel Fernández-Götz (UK) have been selected to carry out a YSAP virtual mission in 2021 still. They will work on a project on “Sharing views about the past during the pandemic: From archaeoprimatology to conflict archaeology”. Their chosen topic links the research agenda of both applicants, archaeology as the study of the human past through material culture and biological remains. They are planning to explore dissimilar but currently relevant topics in the field: the relatively new subdiscipline of archaeoprimatology, on the one hand, and conflict archaeology, on the other. The former examines the liminality between humans and nonhuman primates, or how members of the Primate order interconnected in prehistory, whereas the latter studies the materiality of past conflict (from battlefields to memorials). They will conduct a one-day “basic mission” and e-traveling with the purpose of delivering “outgoing-receiving” presentations via Zoom between Venezuela and the United Kingdom. These talks will benefit from virtual but factual exposition of ancient archaeoprimatological remains from western Venezuela and conflict remains from Europe ranging from late prehistory to the 20th century.


Virtual YSAP Missions 2020

After a call to the GYA membership in August, the group has chosen two proposals for online missions in 2020. Pradeep Kumar (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) and Filippo Rossi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) will collaborate to introduce their students to advanced molecular mechanics simulation techniques. Their YSAP mission will include a virtual tour of both their labs. Chandra Shekhar Sharma (Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad, India) and David Fernandez Rivas (University of Twente, Netherlands) will conduct a tutorial and experiment with ultrasound jointly with both their teams.

General Information

The YSAP accomplishes its objectives by (1) serving as a medium to connect various GYA members who might have common interests and (2) locating money or funding opportunities to pay for the international activities. The YSAP currently operates with a budget from the GYA. The amounts are not comprehensive for a given Ambassador, but serve as financial assistance to complement other funds available for the Ambassadorships.

Young Scientist Ambassador Programme (YSAP)

For an overview of YSAP, please watch Adewale Adewuyi (Nigeria) and John Malone (USA) present an introduction of the programme.

For a history of YSAP, please watch founder Steve Miller (USA) present the initial beginnings and early missions funded by this programme.


The primary outcomes of the Ambassadorships are Mission Reports posted here on the YSAP website. As of December 2020, there have been 26 funded YSAP Missions, and six volunteer outreach activities:

Funded Missions


# 26 Virtual Mission India & the Netherlands

# 25 Virtual Mission South Africa & Italy


# 24 Lahcen El Youssfi visits Chile  [mission video here]

#23 Flávia Pires visits Argentina

#22 Mahesh Kumar visits Israel

# 21 Koen Vermeir visits Romania


#20 Mirabbos Hojamberdiev visits India

#19 Thomas Edison dela Cruz visits Serbia

#18 Science Caravan visits Cambodia


#17 Mirabbos Hojamberdiev visits Tanzania

#16 John Malone visits Costa Rica

#15 Almas Taj Awan visits Pakistan

#14 Thomas Edison dela Cruz visits Myanmar


#13 Dmitry Maslov visits Serbia

#12 Vidushi Neergheen-Bhujun visits the United Kingdom


#11 Alexander Kagansky visits Mauritius

#10 Ghada Bassioni visits Germany

#9 Thomas Edison dela Cruz visits Austria

#8 Ghada Bassioni visits The Netherlands


#7 Javier Garcia Martinez visits Peru


#6 Thomas Schwarze visits Botswana


#5 Five Ambassadors visit Fochville, South Africa

#4 Four Ambassadors visit Pretoria, South Africa


#3 Stephen Miller visits Indonesia

#2 Johan Akerman visits Vietnam

#1 Caradee Wright visits Réunion Island


Non-funded YSAP Outreach Activities


Mahesh Kumar visits Uzbekistan

Young Scientist Ambassador Programme builds connections at Burapha University, Thailand


YSAP participates in Skype a Scientist

Mahesh Kumar held an outreach activity in India

outreach activity on “Synthetic Biology and the Future”


Shamsun Nahar Khan started a series of science outreach activities in Bangladesh