Global and Regional Networks

To facilitate regional exchange between young scholars two regional meetings have been organized in 2014 by members of the GYA, as well as events to bring together National Young Academies worldwide.

 

Second Africa Young Academies Regional Conference, Mauritius, 24-26 October 2016

Representatives of African National Young Academies at the 2nd Africa Young Academies Regional Conference. Photo: GYA

The 2nd Africa Young Academies Regional Conference entitled “Empowering the Next Generation of Scientists in Africa” took place from 24 to 26 October in Mauritius. It brought together representatives from all existing National Young Academies (NYAs) in Africa, as well as NYA Initiatives and young scientists from the other countries in the NASAC network together with the NASAC member academies. The meeting was organised by the Global Young Academy with support from the University of Mauritius and The Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology with funding by the Robert Bosch Foundation.

The conference purported to generate the momentum, relationships and networks necessary to stimulate the formation of as many NYAs in Africa over the next few years as possible, in addition to discussing the effective contribution of NYAs to African development. The main objective of this Second African Regional Young Academies Conference is to engage and empower excellent young researchers from across Africa to address the challenges that impede scientific development towards a sustainable future for the region.

 

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Second World-Wide Meeting of Young Academies, Stockholm, Sweden, 16-18 November 2015

Group Picture in Stockholm. Picture: © Young Academy of Sweden
Group Picture in Stockholm. Picture: © Young Academy of Sweden

Co-organized by the Global Young Academy and the Young Academy of Sweden, the Second Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies was a great chance to meet and exchange experience and discuss successful Young Academy activities. The representatives of participating National Young Academies discussed and planned future networking and cooperation both on a global and regional level.

Moreover the program included a joint conference with the European Commission’s in-house science service, Joint Research Centre (JRC) on 17 November 2015, where the participants discussed the opportunities and threats of the outcomes of the “UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda” (25-27 September 2015, New York) and more particularly the role of science for their implementation with high level representatives of the EU and other international organizations.

The event was supported by the European Commission’s Research Centre (JRC).

 

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Africa Young Academies Regional Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 3-5 February 2014

Group of participants at the Africa Young Academies Regional Conference in Nairobi, Kenya
Group of participants at the Africa Young Academies Regional Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: GYA.

The conference on “Accelerating science for development in Africa by increasing the momentum and impact of National Young Academies” was organized by the Global Young Academy (GYA) in cooperation with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). It brought together representatives of the member academies from the NASAC with all existing National Young Academies (NYAs) in Africa, as well as representatives from NYA initiatives and other young scientists from the countries in the NASAC network.

The main objective of the first African Regional Young Academies Conference was to engage and empower excellent young researchers from across Africa to address the challenges that impede scientific development towards a sustainable future for the region. The participants developed a roadmap to promote the formation of further NYAs in Africa as well as for the network between existing NYA in Africa. Moreover the they discussed the role of young scientists and young academies for the capacity building and science-policy dialogue in Africa. The Kenya National Young Academy of Sciences (KNYAS) was officially launched during the opening ceremony of the conference.

The conference was funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. It is planned to continue biannually.

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Regional Meeting of Asian Young Scientists, Tokyo, Japan, 13-14 February 2014

Participants of the 1st Regional Meeting of Asian Young Scientist in Tokyo, Japan
Participants of the 1st Regional Meeting of Asian Young Scientist in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: GYA

The 1st Regional Meeting of Asian Young Scientists, co-organized by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) and National Young Academy of Japan, took place in Tokyo, Japan. The main goal of the meeting was to create a unique opportunity for exchanging ideas, networking and developing purposeful and focused visions among top-notch scientists from Asian nations. The two-day program included rich discussions on various challenging topics encountered by Asian scientists. The meeting brought together 21 young scientists from 12 Asian countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan.

The next meeting of the Asian regional network will take place in Japan as well.

 

 

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First World-Wide Meeting of Young Academies, Stockholm, Sweden, 16-18 November 2015

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Photo: GYA

In 2012 the GYA co-organized the first world-wide meeting of Young Academies “Shaping the Future of Young Academies” in Amsterdam together with the Dutch Young Academy. A second world-wide meeting of Young Academies will take place in November 2015.

 

 

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