In April, our Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa project released its first publication, and GloSYS Latin America and the Caribbean (GloSYS LAC) organised a side event at the Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC).
Also in April during World Immunization Week, colleagues around the world, including various National Young Academies, helped raise awareness of the need for more people and communities to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
As we draw nearer to the GYA Annual General Meeting and International Conference of Young Scientists in June, members, alumni and Office staff are busy helping prepare for the event, and we are all growing more excited by the day.
At the same time, continued lockdowns and curfews, school shutdowns and home-schooling, and sometimes even COVID-19 itself are hindering our ability to contribute as much as we'd like. We therefore acknowledge the difficulties everyone is facing and wish you strength and courage in the face of these challenges - know that you are not alone.
We are really looking forward to reconnecting with you and renewing our optimism that we will all get through these challenging times together.
Stay strong everyone!
Anindita Bhadra (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India) andMichael Saliba (University of Stuttgart, Germany) On behalf of the GYA Executive Committee
Beate Wagner (Managing Director)
On behalf of the GYA Office
GYA Annual International Conference of Young Scientists
1-4 June 2021
The 2021 GYA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and International Conference of Young Scientists will be held online from 1 – 4 June. The meeting invites members and alumni to interact, network and work together on various platforms. More information for GYA members and alumni is available on the Agora and in the AGM News Tickers.
The public Conference on 2 June 2021 will address the topic "Trust in Science". Conference programme, panel and speaker information can be found here: Annual International Conference of Young Scientists. Join the conversation on trust in science already by sharing resources, articles and insights on social media with the hashtags: #gyAGM2021 and #gyatrustinscience.
First publication stemming from the GloSYS Africa project now available!
The GYA New Membership Call will open on 15 July, but future applicants can begin preparing now. More information about the requirements of applying for GYA membership is available at the Call for new members page. Also check out the GYA short essay questions.
Items of interest
Supporting Latin American early-career researchers on the quest for sustainable development in the region
Luiz Davidovich, President of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and GYA Advisory Board Member, recently participated in the Nobel Prize Dialogue Brazil, organised by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Prize Outreach. The main theme of the meeting was “The Value of Science”. The video can be watched at the Nobel Prize YouTube channel.
Victorien Dougnon (University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin) recently won the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt 2021 young African Researchers Award for Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Robert Lepenies recently presented at an International Science Council Knowledge sharing session "The New Frontiers of Science Communication" where he spoke about using short-form video platforms to talk about science, highlighting the downsides of platforms such as TikTok, but also noting the tremendous upsides for individual communicating scientists and science organisations. The video is available here.
As part of their campaign "Bootons la COVID-19", members of the Academy of Young Scientists of Benin toured southern Benin for a month visiting high schools and colleges to directly explain the measures needed to "boot" COVID-19. The initiative was coordinated by the Academy of Young Scientists of Benin, led by its President and GYA member Victorien Dougnon (University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin). A video report is available on YouTube (in French, with English subtitles).
Hungarian Young Academy workshop focuses on COVID-19 vaccination
The Hungarian Young Academy recently organised an online workshop and forum focusing on COVID-19 vaccination in collaboration with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (available in Hungarian). Speakers included early-career researchers who covered topics like the history of vaccination, vaccine development, type of vaccines, mRNA vaccines and vaccine hesitancy.
The Hungarian Young Academy also published a paper in the journal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences entitled "Difficulties of Young Researchers during the Covid-19 Pandemic" (in Hungarian (abstract available in English).
Indian National Young Academy
The Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) launched a nationwide vaccine awareness campaign to address the Indian public's apprehensions against the COVID-19 vaccines. INYAS believes it is their duty to participate in making people aware about the benefits of immunisation through vaccine and abolish the myths that are deterring people from taking the shots. This multi-pronged campaign includes documents in 11 languages including Hindi and English, a COVAC NEWS mobile application made by INYAS, a Pan-India Infographic, and a webinar series dedicated to increasing vaccine awareness.
GYA's COVID-19 page highlights work of Young Academies
The GYA has a page on its website (https://globalyoungacademy.net/covid19/) for Young Academies to link their work on COVID-19. This includes any statements or information dissemination activities, initiatives to support scientists to coordinate and facilitate institutions or governments. Please email the GYA Office or Tweet with the hashtag #covid19ya if you want to share what your academy is doing, or want to contact other Young Academies for joint activities, or an exchange of experience and best practices.
ALLEA symposium “Across Boundaries in Sciences” 5 May 2021
ALLEA – the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities - invites you to join their scientific symposium "Across Boundaries in Sciences", organised on the occasion of the 2021 ALLEA General Assembly together with the Council of Finnish Academies. The online event is open to all upon registration and will consist of a full day of thought-provoking discussions on today’s science boundaries with leading academics, policymakers, and civil society. Read the programme and register here.
27 June - 2 July 2021 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting - Lindau, Germany GYA members Suraj Bhattarai (Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Nepal) and Huanyu Cheng (Pennsylvania State University, USA) were nominated and selected to participate in the 2021 meeting, which will be held in hybrid form this year.