GYA Press Brief

The GYA Press Brief highlights selected news from the Global Young Academy, its members, and its strategic partners.

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Click here for GYA Quarterly Bulletin IV.

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GYA amd ALLEA launch strategic partnership

The GYA and ALLEA (the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities) have started a strategic partnership to foster closer ties between the two organisations (read the news item).
The partnership, formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding, capitalises on the diverse expertise and experience of both organisations.
The GYA working group on Scientific Excellence is already co-organising a public symposium on “Research Assessments that promote progress in scholarly work and strengthen the contract with society” in June 2020, which will focus on the future direction of research, rewards and the notion of excellence in scientific work.


GYA Executive Committee Member Yoko Shimpuku addresses United Nations science assembly

Read more here.

GYA Women in Science group send message on UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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Humans of the GYA
The Humans of the GYA campaign showcases the diversity and excellence of GYA membership. Check out the latest video, which features GYA member Thomas Edison de la Cruz (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines) speaking about his work developing learning materials and comic books that promote science to the next generation. The video is also available on our YouTube channel here.


Lighting Talks highlight members’ work
During every GYA Annual General Meeting and Conference, members hold “Lightning Talks” to explain their research to the public in 3.5 minutes. Here is GYA Member Chang Da Wan (Universiti Sains Malaysia) speaking about his work with university rankings and quality indicators.


Alumni of the Month
The “Alumni of the Month” campaign showcases alumni’s time with the GYA and how it has affected their research careers. This month’s video features past Executive Committee member Adewale Adewuyi (Redeemer’s University, Nigeria), who discusses how the GYA helped him build capacity as a researcher and a leader.


New Video on the “GYA in Brief” page
During the 2019 Annual General Meeting in Halle, Germany, a film crew from Traces-Dreams captured footage of attendees for use in a new video showcasing the excellence and diversity of GYA membership. This video is available on our YouTube channel, and also appears on our GYA in Brief page.

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Save the date!

The GYA‘s Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 will take place in Kolkata, India, from 8-12 June 2020. The AGM and conference will bring together scientists
and scholars from six continents to lead evidence-based, interdisciplinary and intergenerational dialogue on the topic ‘Heal the Earth: Sustainable Development Goals in a Changing World’.

Read more on the 2020 AGM Event website here.

GYA becomes full member of InterAcademy Partnership
In recognition of its growing influence in the global science community, the GYA has been named a full member of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the global network of 138 academies of science, engineering and medicine. The official announcement took place at the IAP Conference and General Assembly in Songdo, Korea, on Thursday 11 April 2019 during the joint InterAcademy Partnership meeting. Read more here.


A bonanza of GYA publications
2019 Quarterly Bulletin IV, features news on the World Science Forum – including the launch of the National Young Academies Declaration of Guiding Principles – as
well as recent Open Science developments and upcoming strategic events.

GYA connections 2019. This year’s edition features sections on ‘Inclusiveness’, GYA in Memories, and a section presenting our 2019 New Members.

2018 Yearly Report. This year’s report highlights GYA capacity-building activities, mentoring and outreach activities, and our 10-year self-assessment.

The GYA pamphlet has been updated and features a new look.



Strong turnout for the ninth World Science Forum in Hungary. (Leopoldina news)


Felix Moronta (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Italy) has written a review of the 15th Symposium of the International Society for Biosafety Research. His report includes the plenary session, keynote lectures and a workshop dedicated to public communication of modern biotechnology. The review is available here. Felix also presented a poster to the First Meeting of the COST Action PlantEd, which showed the Biosafety eLearning platform that has been developed under a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Guruprasad Madhavan (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, United States) was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Sezgin Bakirdere (Yildiz Technical University, Turkey) was invited to speak about the future of science in Turkey at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

Suraj Bhattarai (Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Nepal) was invited to give a talk at the International Conference on Bioscience & Biotechnology in Pokhara, Nepal 28-31 January 2020. Suraj spoke on the interlinkages between various disciplines of medical & allied health sciences. Details of the event can be found here.

Daniel Limonta (University of Alberta, Canada; Cuba) was awarded the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Med Star Award for Postdoctoral or Clinical Fellows at the University of Alberta, Canada. More information on the award is available here.

Yoko Shimpuku (Kyoto University, Japan) gave a speech during the International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly at the UN Headquarters. She introduced her research on midwifery education in Tanzania, possibilities of ICT use for health education, the role of the GYA and National Young Academies, the importance of inclusivity and diversity in STI, and her vision for the future of science.

GYA alumnus and President of the Young Academy of Spain Javier García Martínez (University of Alicante, Spain) participated in the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25). More information is available here.