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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Young Academies Release Statement in Response to ‘Plan S’ on Open Access of Scientific Output

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Publicly funded research output should neither be hidden behind paywalls nor be a ‘pay-to-publish’ game. This is one of the core tenets of the Position Statement titled ‘Opportunities and Challenges for Implementing Plan S – The View of Young Academies’, which is the result of discussions among several European young academies and the GYA. The joint Statement was released on 15 October 2018 and has garnered media attention, including Research Europe (see photo). Their story (see GYA in the Media) picked up on the term ‘scientific dystopia’, which appears in the Position Statement as one possible outcome for academic publishing.
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New GYA report urges scholars to foster a diverse and efficient global research ecosystem

The Global Young Academy released a report on October 29 titled ‘Publishing models, assessment, and open science’. The report is the outcome of a workshop that explored the links between scholarly publishing, research evaluation, and open science. A key conclusion of the report is that a new global culture of dialogue and debate is necessary, and the research community should be in the driving seat of change.
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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.
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Paths to success for African Scientists

GYA Advisory Board member Linda Nordling has published an article in Nature that explores the challenges faced by African researchers as they return home after their studies abroad.
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Scientists discuss how to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at the Leopoldina

Copyright Markus Scholz

In September 2018, an IAP / EASAC workshop at the Leopoldina in Halle, Germany, addressed how academies can support the implementation of the UN SDGs. Representatives from 21 European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) member academies and 4 national young academies (NYAs) from Europe participated in the workshop, along with GYA members from the region, and several representatives of the policy-making community.
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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:



The recently published national academies statement on Plan S is discussed in a For Better Science article, available here.

Plan S is further featured in an article from Research Europe, available here.

The GYA’s 2018 AGM report is in focus in the Leopoldina’s recent newsletter, available here.



GYA Co-Chair Connie Nshemereirwe (Uganda) is featured in a Nature article titled ‘Paths to success for African scientists’.

GYA member Michael Saliba (Germany) recently co-authored a paper published in Science titled ‘Methylammonium-free, high-performance and stable perovskite solar cells on a planar architecture’.

Shamsun Nahar Khan (Bangladesh) recently published an article in Nature Communications titled ‘HIV-1 Tat interactions with cellular 7SK and viral TAR RNAs identifies dual structural mimicry’.

GYA alumna Sabina Leonelli (United Kingdom) is the recipient of the 2018 Lakatos Award for her book titled ‘Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study’. The award is given by The London School of Economics and Political Science for outstanding contributions to the philosophy of science.

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.