Sad news has reached us. Alexander “Sasha” Kagansky was reported as having passed away. We don’t have the details yet. Sasha was one of the most active GYA members and a true inspiration. We’re deeply affected by his untimely death and grieve with his family and friends.
Please consider donating to the GYA’s Sasha Kagansky Memorial Fund. All donations will go exclusively to Sasha’s family to help defray funeral expenses.
Sasha was a Global Young Academy Member from 2015-2020, and in this time he made countless meaningful connections and initiated and collaborated on many inspiring projects. Below are links to only some of his accomplishments in connection to the GYA.
- Sasha was a plenary speaker on the ethical limits to scientific achievements and endeavors at the 2019 World Science Forum in Budapest. Young scientists in plenary sessions at World Science Forum 2019 | Global Young Academy
- Sasha was fascinated by the intersection of science and the arts, and he actively collaborated, for example, to realize a Science-Arts exhibit at the GYA Anniversary International Conference in 2019 in Halle (Saale), Germany: Finding Affinities – At the Nexus of Art and Science | Global Young Academy. One of Sasha’s projects in this field was “Dolphinet”, an international collaboration exploring dolphin communication.
- April 2019: GYA members publish paper on Medicinal Plant Extracts in Acta Naturae | Global Young Academy. The paper was a direct outcome of Sasha’s collaboration on a GYA Interdisciplinary Grant 2015/16 on “Epigenetics and Natural Resources”. The research also led to the establishment of the GYA Bio2Bio Working Group in 2017, which Sahsa co-led for several years.
- On the occasion of World Science Day 2016, Sasha worked together with the University of Edinburgh to produce a feature-length documentary; a journey through the world of research. See an interview with Sasha and the one-hour film here: World Science Day 2016: BEYOND DISCIPLINE | Global Young Academy
- Interview with Sasha by “Traces Dreams” on “Cancer Research, Biodiversity & The Future of Medicine” Cancer Research, Biodiversity & The Future of Medicine | Alexander Kagansky – YouTube