Joint Conference of the InterAcademy Partnership and the world’s young academies
We are pleased to announce the InterAcademy Partnership IAP Triennial Conference and Worldwide Meeting of the Young Academies!
The theme of the meeting will be, “Inclusive Excellence: Harnessing knowledge for sustainable societies”.
The meeting is hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and co-organised by IAP, the Global Young Academy, NAS, RSC, the RSC College, and the NAS New Voices Program.
The meeting will take place 1-3 November 2022, online and at Biosphere2, Arizona, United States, in a hybrid format.
For any further queries about the joint meeting, please contact Anna-Maria at the GYA Office.
Calling on all young academies: share your feedback on 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic
Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become apparent that the pandemic is also affecting Young Academies (YA) and their membership. A number of YA members feel that they cannot make the most of their limited time as a YA member due to lockdowns, illness and increased work and family duties.
The GYA would be interested to hear how the various YAs the world over are dealing with the issues brought up by the pandemic, for example:
– Has your young academy been able to meet in-person at all, or have you found online meetings to be helpful/not helpful?
– Have you implemented a new policy, to extend membership in your YA for current members?
– Has the relationship with your senior academy changed, due to combined efforts to contribute to the national COVID-19 response?
– Has your YA become better connected and more known within your national public sphere, due to activities/advice on the COVID-19 pandemic?
Please share your thoughts and experiences on these or any other pandemic-related issues with Anna-Maria at the GYA Office, ideally by 15 February. We will then share general trends and common challenges (anonymously) with all the YAs. Thank you!
Panel discussion on Climate Sustainability in the academic system
Members of the German Junge Akademie will lead a virtual panel discussion on “Climate Sustainability in the Academic System – the Why and the How” on 1 February 2022, 14:00-16:00 UTC, via Zoom.
The discussion is organised by the ALLEA working group on “Climate Sustainability in the Academic System”, which was established based on interest from members of the Junge Akademie, and is led by their Speaker, Astrid Eichhorn. Followed by a panel discussion, the event will present a preview of the group’s report which will be released later this year.
Participants will also have the opportunity to exchange ideas and best-practice examples during three break-out sessions on the topics of “Universities & University Networks”, “Students & Individual Researchers”, and “Funding Organizations”.
Please register here to participate.
New Podcast from the German Junge Akademie
In the new podcast titled “Knowledge – Action”, members of the Junge Akademie‘s “Committed Science” working group speak with prominent voices in the field about the ways scientists should and can get involved in society beyond academic discourse. You can listen to the podcast here (in German).
2022 André Mischke Young Academy of Europe Prize for Science and Policy
The Young Academy of Europe (YAE) is currently seeking nominations for the “André Mischke Young Academy of Europe Prize for Science and Policy”. This prize is awarded annually to early- to mid-career professionals in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to key areas of the YAE.
Nominations can come from YAE members and non-members, and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 April 2022. Nominations should include a short CV and a justification describing key activities and providing evidence of relevant accomplishments for which the candidate is nominated. More information on eligibility, general award criteria and the nominations process is available here.
INYAS I: New members selected
The Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) have recently selected 22 new members, who will be formally inducted in February 2022.
INYAS II: Impact of COVID-19 on PhD scholars in India
INYAS has conducted a nationwide survey on the impact of COVID-19 on PhD scholars, and an article based on the results was recently published in Nature India.
More details about the survey and its findings can be found here.
INYAS III: National Science Communication competition
In December 2021, INYAS held a competition for PhD students titled “SARANSH: The Three Minute Thesis Competition”. The competition was coordinated by the INYAS Chair and GYA member Chandra Sehkahar Sharma (Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India) and aimed to provide a platform to the new generation of budding Indian scientists to communicate their work to a wider audience who have little or no knowledge in their respective area of research. The competition will now be a regular flagship event of INYAS each year.
The three-minute presentation videos of the 12 winners can be viewed here.
Nigerian Young Academy hold International Conference
The Nigerian Young Academy organised its 11th General Assembly and International Conference with a focus on COVID-19 in August 2021. The topic of the conference was “Linking Academic Research, Industry and Policy Engagement amidst COVID-19 Pandemic”, and a key highlight was a panel session titled “Actionable Roadmaps and Linkages for Improved Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa”, which featured participants from the Nigerian Young Academy and other organizations including the Senegalese Young Academy and the African Science Literacy Network. Key messages from the panel session included the following: that there is gross ignorance about the COVID-19 pandemic in the continent; that there is a need for innovation for effective science advice and advocacy; that there is a need to boost scientific competency and research capacity; that there is a need to explore the various possibilities alternative medicine offers in a scientific manner; that African governments must seek to win back their people’s trust; that corruption remains a barrier to effective handling of the pandemic; and that economic recovery must be properly put in perspective in policy-framing and implementation.