February was a great month for the GYA – the Selection Committee revealed the names of the 43 new members that will join us in late April 2019 for a tenure of five years (full list available here).
More details on the programme of the GYA’s AGM and International Conference ‘Re-Enlightenment: Truth, reason and science in a global world’ can be seen on the conference website.
Several of our members have appeared in the media this month, while others have been honoured with awards for their excellence – we applaud all of their efforts and hope that you enjoy reading about their accomplishments as much as we did!
Under the leadership of Maral Dadvar (Germany), the 46 members of the GYA Selection Committee have selected 43 new members to join the GYA in late April 2019 for a tenure of five years (full list available here).
The entire GYA community extends a very warm welcome to our new members – we look forward to meeting you all at the AGM in April!
In order to reach open-ended core funding for the GYA in Germany, the German government asked for a thorough evaluation report of GYA’s accomplishments. To this end, a self-evaluation of our activities against our strategic objectives was provided to the Evaluation Committee in October 2018.
In addition to the self-assessment, Co-Chair Tolu Oni (UK) spearheaded an impact assessment project, investigating the ways in which active involvement in the GYA impact individual members and collaborating early career researchers. The Impact Assessment is available here, and its Technical Appendix is available here .
After the in-person meeting of the group of evaluators on 14 January 2019, the GYA is optimistic for a positive final report, which will be able to help the prolongation of core funding in Germany.
A great thank you goes not only to the independent researcher Steve Powell, who helped to conceptualise and conduct the impact-study, but also to all members, alumni and other early-career researchers who responded to the questionnaire.
Student assistant ends her GYA tenure
Helena Bellasus has been a student assistant in the GYA Office since 2017, and in addition to being a capable contributor to the organisation in general, she has distinguished herself as a talented graphic artist. Indeed, her influence can be seen in the professional look and feel of all of the publications produced by the Media Office.
Alas, Helena has been lured away into the private sector and will begin another professional path on March 1.
The GYA Office will miss Helena and her cheerful demeanour and we wish her every success.
Readings of interest
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.
(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.)
GYA member Maha Nasr (Egypt) received the Obada Prize for distinguished researchers under 40. The prize recognizes and encourages innovative interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms.
In addition, Maha also organized a workshop for capacity-building of undergraduate students in Jordan to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Mahesh Kumar (India) was recently interviewed in a video produced by Traces-Dreams. The full interview is available here.
The GYA’s Nominations and Opportunities Committee nominated 7 GYA members and 1 GYA alumnus, all of whom were selected by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) to review the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). Nominated members/alumni are as follows: Robert Lepenies (Germany), Chioma Daisy Onyige (Nigeria), Alex Godoy-Faúndez (Chile), Ibrahim Sidi Zakari (Niger), Clarissa Rios Rojas (Peru), Aminata Garba (Rwanda), Camila Ortolan Cervone (Brazil) and Philimon Nyakauru (United States, alumnus).
Within the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the GSDR contributes to the follow-up and review of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will provide input to the UN High-Level Political Forum. The GSDR was prepared for the first time by an Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General to help strengthen the science-policy interface.
Science Advice working group Co-Lead presents during 'Science meets Parliaments' events
GYA Science Advice working group Co-Lead Clarissa Rios (Peru), together with GYA Managing Director Beate Wagner, represented the GYA at the annual ‘Science meets Parliaments’ conference from 6 to 7 February 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels.
GYA member Karly Kehoe (Canada), and alumni Jan-Christoph Heilinger (Germany) and Eva Alisic (Australia) held a workshop on 21 February in Melbourne, Australia, where they reflected on integration from a range of perspectives (including moral philosophy and history), discussed the role of individual citizens in integration, and examined historical evidence for how migrants in the 19th century would have described themselves.
At Oxford University last week, GYA member Koen Vermeir (France) argued for the importance of historical research for policy making. He focused on past stratagems and discussions around fake science and showed that such epistemic considerations have to be understood in their proper context (including social and religious considerations). Historical analysis and contextualization will help us to find more nuanced strategies for increasing public trust in science.
National Young Academies updates
Spanish Government approves Young Academy of Spain
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’.
The YAE 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 should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 March 2019, and should include a short CV (max. 2 pages) accompanied by a short statement (max. 1 page) describing key activities and providing evidence of relevant accomplishments for which the candidate is nominated.
More information on eligibility, general criteria and the nominations process is available here.
Indian National Young Academy of Science newsletter
In connection with Indian National Science Day, the Indian National Young Academy of Science released its inaugural newsletter, available here.
Vietnam Young Academy news bulletin
The Vietnam Young Academy publishes a monthly news bulletin. Their February issue is available here.
The 3rd International Women in Science without Borders (WISWB) Conference will take place 12 to 14 March 2019 in Egypt. After successful conferences in Egypt (2017) and South Africa (2018), the third conference will focus on ‘Science Diplomacy for Sustainable Development’.
GYA alumna Amal Amin (Egypt) continues to act as the Conference Chair.
The Conference will be preceded by a training programme on ‘Science diplomacy and science advice’ on 10 to 11 March 2019. Participants include Science Advice working group Co-Lead Clarissa Rios (Peru), members of the Women in Science working group such as Nova Ahmed (Bangladesh), Shalini Subash (India), and Meron Eresso (Ethiopia), as well as alumna Orakanoke Phanraksa (Thailand).
See here for further details and how to apply to participate.
Call for Open Thematic Sessions at the World Science Forum
As members of the World Science Forum (WSF) Steering Committee, the GYA is tasked with organising the young scientist pre-conference workshop in partnership with other young scientist organisations, and with contributing to facilitating intergenerational intercultural dialogue at the WSF.
This year, the WSF offers the opportunity for any scientific organisation to apply for the thematic sessions to be included into the main programme of WSF. Deadline for submission of session proposals is 10 April 2019. More information on the application process is available here.
Registration open for The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) 25th anniversary General Assembly
ALLEA will celebrate its 25th anniversary during its annual General Assembly in Bern, Switzerland. The GYA has been invited to organize a panel at the meeting that will reflect on discussions about the role of science and society that will have taken place at the 2019 GYA AGM.
ALLEA President Antonio Loprieno and EU Director-General for Research and Innovation Jean-Eric Paquet will deliver commemorative speeches inspired by the symposium theme ‘Science and Society in Present-Day Europe’.
The meeting will take place 8 to 10 May 2019 and will be hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. More information is available here.
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