The 2019 World Science Forum (WSF) will take place from 20-23 November in Budapest, and will celebrate 20 years of science diplomacy. The event commemorates the 1999 UNESCO World Conference on Science held in Budapest, and the prominent role the World Science Forum series has played in bringing together leaders of the world of science ever since. “The Ethics and Responsibility of Science” will be at the focus of the 2019 Forum, also reflecting back to the 1999 forum theme.
To represent young scientists worldwide, the GYA has been formally invited to join the Steering Committee of the WSF. GYA Co-Chair Connie Nshemereirwe (Uganda) represents the GYA on the Steering Committee, and as a member, is tasked with nominating young scientists to take part in plenary sessions, and with organising the young scientist pre-conference workshop in partnership with other young scientist organisations.
As part of the WSF, a joint statement by national young academies on the core principles of young academies will be launched. In 2020, the global network of young academies will celebrate its 20th anniversary, with Germany’s Junge Akademie having been the first to be established back in 2000. The joint statement will take this opportunity to reflect on the role and guiding principles of young academies.