Covid19 – Initiatives of the GYA, Young Academies and Partners

With this page, the GYA aims to provide a repository for global and national young academies as well as partner institutions to link their work on Covid19, any statements, or information dissemination activities, initiatives to support scientists, to coordinate and facilitate institutions or governments.

Please contact if you want to share what your academy is doing, or want to contact other young academies for joint activities, or an exchange of experience and best practices. Furthermore, use the hashtag #covid19ya to link what you, your NYA or partner organisations do to fight the Covid19 pandemic. Your tweet will then appear in the right-hand-side twitter feed.

Global Young Academy

The GYA Women in Science Working Group have published a paper on “GYA Women in Science stay and work from home: How might we make Covid-19 lockdown work for us?“.

This publication shares working group members’ inspiring experiences on how they deal with the current challenging times balancing work and family responsibilities, while working hard towards finding solutions for the future of this world. The shared pieces of advice are practical and mostly directed at helping others to find a more positive worldview... Continue Reading

GYA Webinar on COVID-19 in Latin America - perspectives from young scientists, on 14 May 2020, from 18:00 to 20:00 UTC, via Zoom. For more information and to register, please see here.

Due to historically low expenditures on public health and other structural problems, Latin America faces the COVID-19 pandemic from a weak and vulnerable position. As such, the challenges in this region are harder in comparison with the rest of the world. This webinar brings together 6 Latin American scientists, all members of the GYA, in order to discuss with the general public (in Spanish) their perspectives on this crisis.

The webinar will consist of short talks, and Q&A with the participants… Continue Reading


Statement on Covid19 from 26 March 2020 (including infographics in various languages)

Beyond Boundaries: A global message from young scientists on COVID-19


GYA in collaboration with the G7/GScience academies emphasises the urgency of international cooperation in the light of the global pandemic.

... At this critical time we, G-Science Academies of Science and of Medicine from across the globe, including academies of the G7 countries, are engaging within our countries in many ways. But we all believe it essential to emphasize, together, the URGENCY OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, in several dimensions …


Interview with GYA EC member Sandra Lopez (Panama) from 5 March 2020

COVID-19 primer from GYA Executive Committee member Sandra Lopez-Verges


The GYA strongly supports De Jonge Akademie’s call for academic solidarity in times of COVID crisis and beyond.

The academic system should recognize and reward support given to colleagues, the creation of new online modes of teaching, and displays of solidarity. The GYA believes that this will contribute to a better and healthier science system. Continue reading by clicking the link for the full statement by De Jonge Akademie: … Continue Reading

Young Academies

These are the initiatives started by the young academies around the world.

Belgian Young Academy
crowdsourcing on social media concerning important information
Cameroon Academy of Young Scientists
Statements on the Covid-19 pandemic in English and French
Die Junge Akademie
Live Zoom discussion on Authoritarianism and Corona on 29 April 2020 (18:30-19:30hrs CEST)
Indian National Young Academy of Science
Translations of the World Health Organisation’s Myth Busters on Corona Virus into various regional languages of India for a wider outreach
Webinar on Clinical Aspects of Covid-19: Myths and Myth Busters, jointly with the Council of Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR) India, on 24 April 2020 (14-15hrs IST).
Dutch Young Academy
Initiative to "Reward and appreciate solidarity in times of crisis" (1 April 2020) - endorsed by the GYA
Spanish Young Academy
Spanish scientists are fighting Covid-19 (Webinar, 16 April 2020). View presentations
Launch of the Sanitary Sufficiency Indicator, a standardized method to better assess the impact of Covid-19 between countries, in collaboration with Methadodos and DSLAB
South African Young Academy of Science
coordinating translation of official Covid19 information into a number of languages spoken in the African continent, including Tshivenda, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Swahili, Portuguese, Sepedi, IsiZulu, Shona, and others
various activities by academy members, see overview here
Young Academy of Europe
Online symposium on COVID-19 epidemiology in April 2020; this can be watched on YouTube here.

InterAcademy Partnership

The InterAcademy Partnership, the global network of senior science academies, maintains a website repository for Covid19-related news from its member academies here.


This statement, by the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), aims to articulate priorities for action that are worth considering so as to prepare for, control and mitigate the health consequences of COVID-19 in Africa and provide an impetus for change. View the NASAC statement: NASAC Statement on COVID-19 FIN070420 Find the NASAC page here:

International Science Council

The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together 40 international scientific Unions and Associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organizations including Academies and Research Councils. Find its portal dedicated to scientific debates on Covid19 following this link:

INGSA International Science Council

INGSA is a collaborative platform for policy exchange, capacity building and research across diverse global science advisory organisations and national systems. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, INGSA has created this information hub to aggregate and share the resources and discussions relating to how science advice and evidence functions in emergencies. Find the page here:

Future Earth

Future Earth is a major international research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. In parallel to the efforts to contain the spread of the virus and protect those who are most vulnerable, Future Earth provides an opportunity for reflection and reimagination of our future by launching a rapid foresight survey: rapid foresight survey. What are the biggest challenges and opportunities we will face when we begin to rebuild from this crisis? Are there new perspectives or new approaches that might emerge from this crisis that could help or constrain us from advancing toward a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable world?

American Society of Microbiology

The American Society of Microbiology is keeping the pulse of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In the eye of a pandemic, the need for a trusted, up-to-date resource of coronavirus research plays a crucial role in supporting the scientific community on the frontlines fighting the virus.

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