The Global Young Academy (GYA) is hosting their 5th International Conference for Young Scientists and Annual General Meeting 2015 at the Chateau Montebello, Quebec, Canada, from 25 to 29 May 2015, with the theme Innovation for Sustainable Globalization as its backdrop.


At the event, outstanding young scientists from approximately 35 countries will explore forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions for globally sustainable development through innovation. “Our world is facing many challenges- from climate change and rapid economic globalization to ageing populations and increased global demand for highly skilled labour,” says GYA Co-Chair Sameh Soror. “Innovation through young scientists is key to addressing our future challenges.”  Approximately 80 scientists from the GYA will be joined by close to 50 distinguished guests from international and Canadian institutions focused on science and innovation to discuss a range of emerging challenges faced by nations world wide.

The Global Young Academy is proud to invite members of the press to the following events:

Guerrilla Science: Hacking into the Spirit of Innovation
: Turning the traditional science fair on its head, this Science Fair Hack will explore the limits of what is possible by making YOU part of the action. Come to the Science Fair Hack and not only will you see the best DIY science and technology in Canada’s capital region, but you can be hands-on and build some of the makers’ startling inventions yourself! In collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Hub at the University of Ottawa, this do-not-miss event is guaranteed to hack into your own sense of playfulness and discovery.

WHO: Among many others, this year’s exciting guests include:

  • Dragons’ Den Future Dragon Fund winner and St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School student Daniel McInnis who has designed both a new helmet to help protect against concussions and a new affordable medical scanne
  • uOttawa engineering students Robert Rayson and Shannon Lee who created a fully-functional prosthetic hand for Ottawa’s six-year-old Sebastian Chavarria – using a 3D printer

WHEN: Tuesday, 26 May, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Research Council Canada, 100 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

High-level Panel on ‘The Changing Map of Innovation’

WHAT: This expert panel discussion with leaders from DIY and Open Science communities and companies will allow you to discover how the world’s best and brightest early career scientists – including from the natural, physical and social sciences – are tackling today’s and tomorrow’s increasingly complex and interconnected global issues.

WHO: Among many others, this year’s distinguished guests include:

  • Science prodigy Jessie MacAlpine from the University of Toronto who is taking on malaria with mustard oil
  • Synbiota Inc., creators of biohacking kits that help you modify genes in the comfort of your own home

WHEN: Wednesday, 27 May, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Canadian Room at the Chateau Montebello, Quebec, 392 Rue Notre Dame, Montebello, QC J0V 1L0

Keynote on Future Earth by Gordon McBean (ICSU)

WHAT: The keynote will highlight the global research platform Future Earth that coordinates new, interdisciplinary approaches to research on global environmental change.

WHO: Gordon McBean, President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) , will deliver a keynote address, followed by commentary and discussion from GYA members Abdeslam Badre, Kiki Jenkins and Sabina Leonelli, moderated by GYA member Robert Leckey.
WHERE: The Canadian Room at the Chateau Montebello, Quebec, 392 Rue Notre Dame, Montebello, QC J0V 1L0

GYA Conference and AGM 2015 is a source of exciting stories!

The GYA’s International Conference and AGM is a high-energy event and our media team is here to help you discover engaging and relevant stories for your readers. Take advantage of this unique story-telling opportunity:

  • Explore the world’s most ground-breaking research and ideas from the world’s best and brightest young minds, from both ‘developing’ and ‘developed’ countries.
  • Be first in line to get insights on today’s most pressing issues and the emerging topics of tomorrow.
  • Access leading international scholars and public figures for first-hand perspectives and expertise.
  • Get hands-on with the amazingly clever DIY science and tech that is happening right in your own backyard – and learn how to build it!

Contact us and we will be delighted to connect you to the researchers and stories that you will want to write about.

For more information about the conference please visit the GYA’s International Conference Website: