COVID-19 – 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 COVID-19, 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 COVID-19 pandemic. Your tweet will then appear in the right-hand-side twitter feed.

Check out our YouTube playlist on COVID-19!

Global Young Academy

IAP and GYA Issue Joint Communique

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the Global Young Academy (GYA) lay out recommendations to mitigate the harms of COVID-19 and seize on the opportunities to improve higher education systems around the world... Continue Reading


GYA Working Group Interdisciplinary Grant 2020/21: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Art

This project aims to focus on cartoons coming from print and online media as a form of visual and, possibly, educational art. These usually critically depict events and emotions in a timely manner, and they can be linked to particular sociopolitical contexts, both nationally and internationally. Data analysis will be multidisciplinary, comparing... Continue Reading


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 (May 2020)

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 brough 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 consisted of short talks, and Q&A with the participants. The report is available here.


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 the COVID-19 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


A group of GYA members have published a pre-print on SocArXiv Papers (February 2021):

Despite the failures to tackle early coordinated responses at national and multinational levels, the global emergence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic promoted unprecedented actions on the science-policy, science-communication, and science-diplomacy interfaces worldwide. With varying degrees of success … 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
Benin Young Academy of Science
  • Implementation of the "Bootons COVID 19! Module" project in schools in Benin, with partners (April 2021) (video in French)
  • As part of their campaign "Bootons la COVID-19", members of the Academy of Young Scientists of Benin toured southern Benin for a month visiting high schools and colleges to directly explain the measures needed to "boot" COVID-19. The initiative was coordinated by the Academy of Young Scientists of Benin, led by its President and GYA member Victorien Dougnon (University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin). A video report is available on YouTube (in French, with English subtitles).
Die Junge Akademie
Dutch Young Academy
Initiative to "Reward and appreciate solidarity in times of crisis" (1 April 2020) - endorsed by the GYA
Hungarian Young Academy
  • Statement on Difficulties of young researchers under Covid-19 crisis (April 2020)
  • Paper on the “Difficulties of Young Researchers during the Covid-19 Pandemic” in the journal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (in Hungarian, abstract available in English) (December 2020)
  • Online workshop and forum on COVID-19 vaccinations, in collaboration with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (in Hungarian) (February 2021)
  • The Hungarian Young Academy recently organised an online workshop and forum focusing on COVID-19 vaccination in collaboration with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (available in Hungarian). Speakers included early-career researchers who covered topics like the history of vaccination, vaccine development, type of vaccines, mRNA vaccines and vaccine hesitancy.
  • The Hungarian Young Academy also published a paper in the journal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences entitled "Difficulties of Young Researchers during the Covid-19 Pandemic" (in Hungarian (abstract available in English)).
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.
  • Launch of a nationwide vaccine awareness campaign (April 2021)
  • The Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) launched a nationwide vaccine awareness campaign to address the Indian public's apprehensions against the COVID-19 vaccines. INYAS believes it is their duty to participate in making people aware about the benefits of immunisation through vaccine and abolish the myths that are deterring people from taking the shots. This multi-pronged campaign includes documents in 11 languages including Hindi and English, a COVAC NEWS mobile application made by INYAS, a Pan-India Infographic, and a webinar series dedicated to increasing vaccine awareness.
Israel Young Academy
Spanish Young Academy
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
  • Webinar on ‘Harnessing health Innovations in Africa to tackle COVID-19 & beyond’ (June 2020) (video available here)
  • Webinar on ‘What Science will look like after COVID-19? COVID-19 and its Impact on Knowledge Production and Research in Africa’ (July 2020); podcast here
  • Webinar on “Women Scientists in the Forefront against COVID-19” (August 2020) in celebration of Women’s month in South Africa; podcast here
Young Academy of Europe

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.

IAP launched a COVID-19 Expert Group, led by an Advisory Panel. The Advisory Panel includes 23 experts from different disciplines and around the world. An additional 54 Expert Group members can be called on for additional technical and geographically-specific support. GYA alumnus Toni Gabaldon (Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain) is a member of the Advisory Panel and additional GYA members and alumni contribute to the Expert Group.

The Panel is charged with responding to queries related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across a broad range of health, social, environmental and other direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic.
As a member academy, the GYA may submit queries to the IAP: If you have a query for this group, please contact the GYA Office here.

In March 2020, the IAP published a "Call for Global Solidarity on COVID-19 Pandemic", and in September 2020, a Communiqué on the issue of  the Development and Distribution of Vaccines against COVID-19.



The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) have published a commentary on “How can science help to guide the European Union’s green recovery after COVID-19?” (May 2020)

They also provide an overview of European science academies’ COVID-19 responses on a dedicated website.


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:
NASAC also organised a webinar on “The Response of African Science Academies to the COVID-19 Pandemic” (22 July 2020).

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 COVID-19 following this link:

INGSA International Science Council

INGSA is a collaborative network 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 an information hub to aggregate and share the resources and discussions relating to how science advice and evidence functions in emergencies.

In September 2020, INGSA published a report on "Evidence-to-policy in the coronavirus crisis", which documents the evidence pathways behind COVID-19-related policy interventions from over 100 countries.


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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