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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GYA Executive Committee In-Person Meeting held in Berlin 22-24 September
The Global Young Academy’s Executive Committee (EC) held their yearly in-person meeting from 22-24 September 2019 in Berlin, Germany. EC members traveled from five continents to participate in discussions centering around the GYA’s strategic planning, working group activities, the ongoing development of National Young Academies, and many other topics.
More information, including a photo gallery, is available here.

GYA members contribute to United Nations Report on Sustainable Development Goals
As a strong advocate of the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Young Academy welcomes the release of the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 (GSDR) titled “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development”. Read more here.

New videos available!
Three new videos were released by our working groups in September, and are available on the GYA YouTube channel.

Two videos were released by our Women in Science working group – the first one is titled Women in Science for a Better World:


The second video is titled Global Young Academy Women in Science Working Group.


The Global Health Working Group also released a video titled Global Health Working Group AGM 2019, which spotlights the various efforts that GYA members are undertaking to help people live happier, healthier lives.

If you haven’t subscribed to our YouTube channel, you can do so here.

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 page 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.

GYA Co-organises the Fourth Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies
The Fourth Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies took place in Da Nang, Vietnam, from 31 July – 2 August 2019, hosted by the Vietnam Young Academy (VYA) and co-organised by the GYA. More information is available here

GYA awards North-South Interdisciplinary Grant 2019/20
The 2019-20 GYA North-South Interdisciplinary Grant has been awarded to Ibrahim Sidi Zakari (Niger), Robert Lepenies (Germany) and Lisa Herzog (Germany) for the project Citizen Science for Reducing Exposure to Urban Air Pollution.
This project will explore, in a comparative perspective, the extent to which citizen science in Niger and Germany can be harnessed to contribute to the reduction of air pollution while concretely feeding into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More information available here.


A bonanza of GYA publications
2019 Quarterly Bulletin III, features updates on The North/South Interdisciplinary Grant, our At-Risk Scholars workshop 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.


Responding to the call of home

Why do some scientists choose to forgo promising careers abroad to return to their countries of birth? GYA members Sandra López Vergès (Panama), Bilge Demirköz (Turkey), and alumni Noble Banadda (Uganda) are featured in a recent Nature article on sought-after scientists who return to their native countries. Read the article here.
(Editor’s note: The GYA Office has reached out to the author of this article to remedy an error of attribution pertaining to the GloSYS Africa study, which has not yet been published.)


Tearing down visa barriers

In a well-argued opinion piece in Nature titled ‘Tear down visa barriers that block scholarship’, Co-Chair Connie Nshemereirwe (Uganda) discusses common obstacles to travel for scientists from the Global South, as well as potential solutions. One such solution is the Global Passport for Scholars (GPS), a project being developed by GYA members Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez (UK) and Robert Lepenies (Germany).



United Nations Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

New Voices in Science
GYA alumni Eva Alisic (Australia) and Hans Hilgenkamp (Netherlands) have written an editorial that appeared in Science about New Voices, the new young academy-like organisation in the United States.
Read more here

Scientists are cool!
GYA member Clarissa Rios Rojas (Peru) has started an Instagram account with the aim of showing that scientists can also be cool, thereby encouraging more young people to follow scientists and get inspired to follow STEM careers. You can follow her here:



Lisa Herzog (Germany) was awarded the German Prize for Philosophy and Social Ethics from the Max Uwe Redler foundation. More in formation here (in German).

Amal Amin (Egypt) published an article titled Mending a broken world with the help of science – and Madame Curie in Scientific African Magazine.

Cristina Blanco Sío-López (United States) published an article titled Looking back to see beyond: Rediscovering empowering historical legacies on the EU’s Free Movement of Persons in Routed, Migration & (Im)mobility Magazine.

Vidushi Neergheen-Bhujun (Mauritius) was named to the Quartz Africa Innovators 2019 cohort. You can see her profile and those of her cohorts here.

Alexander Kagansy (Russia), Andrey Konevega (Russia), and Abhi Veerakumarasivam (Malaysia) organised a young scientists forum at the third Future of Biomedicine Conference.

Sezgin Bakirdere (Turkey) was interviewed for a news item by the İhlas News Agency, Turkey.

Joy Wolfram (United States, pictured below) and her work on nanotechnologies were recently featured on a television broadcast called ‘Digging Deeper’. The segment is available here.


According to the website University Affairs, GYA alumnus Andrew Pelling (pictured below) ‘challenges conventions in both science and academia, and his daring research has attracted worldwide attention.’ The article is available here.