July 2019 Newsletter

We are excited to share our news in July! The biggest new of all is the launch of our new member call – please help us reach excellent early-career researchers around the world and encourage them to apply. The other big event for us this month is the 4th Worldwide Meeting of National Young Academies in Da Nang, Vietnam, which will probably have kicked off by the time you receive this newsletter – we are proud to co-organise it with the Vietnam Young Academy, and look forward to the outcomes of this meeting of diverse scientific minds from across the globe!
As usual we are also happy to share news about our members and alumni flying the GYA flag high, as well as our recent contributions to the gobal science and policy landscape.
This month we are also experimenting with a more compact layout of the Newsletter so you can scroll to the items that interest you faster, and would love to receive your feedback on your (hopefully improved) experience, so that’s enough from us!
We wish you happy reading!

Connie Nshemereirwe (Uganda) and Koen Vermeir (France)
On behalf of the GYA Executive Committee

GYA news

Research and findings from the Global State of Young Scientists Africa project were presented at the 33rd African Union Conference, which took place 4-10 July 2019 in Niamey, Niger

Read more here.


The GYA’s 2020 Annual General Meeting and International Conference of Young Scientists on the topic ‘Heal the Earth’ will take place from 8-12 June 2020 in India. The meeting’s proposed location is Bangalore, India.

GYA co-organising the Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies

Representatives from more than 30 young academies from all over the globe are meeting for the Fourth Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies this week in Da Nang, Vietnam. The theme "Young Academies for Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies” will be explored from 31 July - 2 August 2019. One of the main outcomes of this meeting is a draft set of principles by which National Young Academies around the world agree to be organised around, and about which consultations are ongoing. The meeting is hosted by the Vietnam Young Academy (VYA) and co-organised by the GYA. Read more here.

GloSYS champions to present findings at World Economic Forum

The GloSYS Africa champions will run a World Economic Forum affiliates session on 6 September 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The goal of their session is to launch the Africa project's final report and engage a range of stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to the barriers identified in the GloSYS Africa research that young African researchers have in reaching their potential.  

Help spread the word - applications being accepted for the World Science Forum Science Leadership Workshop

The GYA and the InterAcademy Partnership are co-organising a pre-World Science Forum Science Leadership Workshop for early-career scientists from 19-20 November 2019. Application deadline is 18 August 2019. Details, financial support information and the applicaion form are available here.

Three GYA nominees attended the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics

Report now available for the 2018/19 GYA North-South Interdisciplinary Research grant

Read more here.

Call for new GYA members 2020

Help us reach outstanding young scientists around the globe!

Spread the word and share the call over relevant mailing lists and your private and professional social media networks until 15 September 2019.

You can use our pre-written Social Media Toolkit and our Membership Call Flyer to share graphics, tweets and posts, and get the call to future GYA members!

More information on how to apply and our online application form can be found here.


GYA members among co-authors of European Commission Joint Research Centre report "Understanding Our Political Nature"


Read more here.

GYA alumnus Javier Garcia (Spain) elected President of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Read more here.

GYA Co-Chair Koen Vermeir delivered a keynote address at the Creative Transformations conference in Helsinki, Finland  

GYA alumna Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh named Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture winner 2019

Readings of interest

Teresa Stoepler (United States), InterAcademy Partnership SDG Project Director Tracey Elliot, and alumna Eva Alisic (Australia) co-authored a correspondence piece in Nature titled “Scientists must boost input into Sustainable Development Goals”.

The article draws on the InterAcademy Partnership project report on “
Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking”, published in May 2019.   

Read the article here.

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GYA in the media

L’actualite chimique (.pdf download available on linked page)

Leopoldina News (page 7)

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News from our members and alumni

GYA Co-Chair Koen Vermeir (France) participated in a meeting of a subcommittee of the Open Science Policy Platform of the European Commission (OSPP) in Brussels on 17 July 2019. Meeting participants worked on a new framework on incentives and indicators of Open Science, with Koen representing the GYA’s stance on these issues. The group produced a draft document that sets out concrete procedures for commitments to practical implementations around Open Science.

Marian Asantewah Nkansah (Ghana) and Mirabbos Hojamberdiev (Uzbekistan) were chosen among outstanding young chemists from different parts of the world based on their scientific achievements in chemistry to represent “NEODYMIUM” and “MOLYBDENUM” in the International Younger Chemists Network’s Periodic Table of Younger Chemists. More information is available here.
Cristina Blanco Sío-López (Spain) has been awarded with an EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship. Cristina was also selected as a 2019 Oxford Centre for Economic and Social History Invited Lecturer at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford.
Velia Siciliano (Italy) has been recognised as one of the top 10 scientists under 40 in Italy. More information here.
Abhi Veerakumarasivam (Malaysia) and Renard Siew (Malaysia) have been included in the Asia Tatler’s list of young leaders shaping Asia’s future. Their respective profiles appear here and here.
The Chilean Academy of Sciences recognised Fernando Valiente (Chile) as an outstanding scientist. More information (in Spanish) is available here.
An interview with alumna Orakanoke Phanraksa (Thailand) appears in the AUTM newsletter.

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GYA activities

Working Group and Strategic Project highlights

Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration – a video interview with the authors.

Article and video available here.
National Young Academies updates

GYA Executive Committee member Sandra Lopez-Verges (Panama) represented the GYA at the 4th National Meeting of the Affiliate Members of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences

Read more here.

German Young Academy: call for joint YoungAcademies@ project 

The German Young Academy – Die Junge Akademie – will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2020. To mark the occasion, they invite young academies the world over to join them in a global initiative to further the dialogue between researchers and other members of our young academy communities. The initiative is called YoungAcademies@, indicating that members of young academies will speak at different places than the ones typical for academia, thereby reaching people that are not directly in touch with research, which may be more important than ever in a time of growing skepticism and “alternative facts”.
YoungAcademies@ will be a project that can take many forms, from a talk at your favorite museum to a scientific consulting booth at your local market or a 5-minute elevator/train/ferry pitch on what your work looks like. The German Young Academy will offer an online platform where all individual events can be listed and documented. The organisation of the event would be done locally by members of young academies.
If you want to participate or have questions, please get in touch with Oliver Rymek at the Office of the German Young Academy: (

Editorial on Science in South Asia


Vietnam Young Academy news bulletin


NYA Updates - spread the news!

If you have any news or updates regarding your NYA, please email Anna-Maria.

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GYA partners

Next Einstein Forum publishes new magazine

The Next Einstein Forum has produced Scientific African Magazine, Africa's first popular science periodical. GYA Advisory Board member Linda Nordling is Lead Editor. You can download a copy here.
Upcoming events  

Tsukuba Conference, Tsukuba, Japan, 2-4 October 2019

The GYA, together with the Young Academy of Japan, is organising a panel at the Tsukuba Conference on the topic of "Citizen Science". GYA EC member Yoko Shimpuku (Japan) is a member of the programme organising committee.
Representatives from the GYA/National Young Academies/initiatives from the G7 countries will be invited to discuss Citizen Science as well as the UN SDGs with respect to the Science20 discussion of marine plastic waste. The Conference aims to be the "Davos" for young global leaders, including scientists, policy-makers, and industries. More information is available on the GYA Events page here.

The GYA, represented by Connie Nshemereirwe (Uganda) is co-organising the Connecting Minds Africa Conference from 25-27 September 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The GYA, its members, leadership and Office will be involved in various events and sessions at the World Science Forum (WSF) in Budapest in November 2019. For example, along with the InterAcademy Partnership, the GYA is co-organising a Science Leadership Workshop for early-career researchers prior to the WSF, from 19-20 November. Also, as a member of the WSF Steering Committee, the GYA is involved in the selection of early-career researchers as presenters for every main session. See here for details.

31 July–2 August 2019  4th Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies, Da Nang, Vietnam
20-21 September 2019 Leopoldina Annual Meeting, Halle, Germany
22-24 September 2019 GYA Executive Committee in-person Meeting, Berlin, Germany
25-27 Septermber 2019 Connecting Minds Africa Conference, Nairobi, Kenya
2-4 October 2019 Tsukuba Conference, Tsukuba, Japan
5-8 October 2019 Science and Technology in Society Forum, Kyoto, Japan
27-29 October 2019 World Health Summit, Berlin, Germany
20-23 November 2019 World Science Forum, Budapest, Hungary

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