September 2019 Newsletter

Co-Chairs Connie Nshemereirwe (Uganda) and Koen Vermeir (France) deliver a video greeting from the Executive Committee In-Person meeting in Berlin.

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

GYA News

Executive Committee In-Person meeting held from 22-24 September 2019 in Berlin

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GYA members contribute to United Nations Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

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GYA At-Risk Scholars Initiative holds Research Leadership Workshop at Wolfson College, Oxford, United Kingdom

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GYA Bio2Bio Co-Lead participates in discussions at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivastok, Russia

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The GYA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 will be held in Kolkata, India, 8-12 June 2020 .

The AGM and conference will bring together scientists and scholars from six continents to lead dialogue on the topic ‘Heal the Earth: Sustainable Development Goals in a Changing World’.

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Readings of Interest

This month's article from Nature presents six strategies for how scientists can better communicate with politicians and other policymakers.

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News from Our Members and Alumni

Lisa Herzog (Germany) was awarded the German Prize for Philosophy and Social Ethics from the Max Uwe Redler foundation. More information is available here (in German).
Cristina Blanco Sío-López (United States) published an article titled Looking back to see beyond: Rediscovering empowering historical legacies on the EU’s Free Movement of Persons in Routed, Migration & (Im)mobility Magazine.

Alice Matimba (Zimbabwe) was interviewed by the science news agency Afriscitech, where she answered the question: 'If you had just one criterion to propose to assess scientific excellence in your country, what would it be?' You can watch her response here.

Alexander Kagansy (Russia), Andrey Konevega (Russia), and Abhi Veerakumarasivam (Malaysia) organised a young scientists forum at the third Future of Biomedicine Conference. More information is available here.
Sezgin Bakirdere (Turkey) was interviewed for a news item by the İhlas News Agency, Turkey.

Alumnus Adewale Adewuyi (Nigeria) was interviewed by the science news agency Afriscitech, where he answered the question: 'If you had just one criterion to propose to assess scientific excellence in your country, what would it be?' You can watch his response here.

Alumna Vidushi Neergheen-Bhujun (Mauritius) was named to the Quartz Africa Innovators 2019 cohort. You can see her profile and those of her cohorts here.

Alumna Amal Amin (Egypt) published an article titled Mending a broken world with the help of science – and Madame Curie in Scientific African Magazine.


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Executive Committee News and Updates

Nominations Committee

The GYA successfully nominated its member, Suraj Bhattarai (Nepal), to participate in a joint workshop focused on the social determinants of mental health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The workshop, which will be held from 31 October – 1 November 2019 in London, UK, is being jointly run by the Academy of Medical Sciences, one of the UK’s National Academies, and the InterAcademy Partnership for Health, a global network of academies of medicine.
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GYA Activities

Working Group and Strategic Project highlights

Measuring Excellence in Science Engagement Working Group publishes 'Engagement in policy deemed societally beneficial yet unrewarded'

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Global Health and Women in Science release videos

Three new videos were released by our working groups in September, and are available on the GYA YouTube channel. Two videos were released by our Women in Science working group – one titled Women in Science for a Better World, and the other titled Global Young Academy Women in Science Working Group.
The Global Health Working Group also released a video titled Global Health Working Group AGM 2019, which spotlights the various efforts that GYA members are undertaking to help people live happier, healthier lives.
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National Young Academies Updates

Nordic-Baltic Statement on gender equality in academia

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German Junge Akademie holds competition on PhD celebration rituals

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Vietnam Young Academy newsletter

The Vietnam Young Academy’s newsletter provides extensive coverage of the 4th Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies in its September 2019 issue, available here.

NYA Updates - spread the news!

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GYA partners

International Network for Government Science Advice Conference 2018 Report released

On 6-7 November 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) hosted its 3rd biennial conference on International Science Advice to Government in Tokyo, Japan. The GYA provided key input to the conference, including a joint GYA/Young Academy of Japan/Science Council of Japan Capacity Building Workshop on 5 November. Then-Co-Chair Tolu Oni (UK) was part of the Programme Committee, and current Co-Chair Connie Nshemereirwe was a moderator. The full report is available 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.


World Health Summit, Berlin, Germany, 27-29 October 2019

The New Voices in Global Health (NVGH) session is organised by the GYA Global Health Working Group and aims to explore the (dis)connection of various sciences with global health research, policy or advocacy. Scientists from diverse disciplines will discuss how their work relates to global health and how their field relates to broader global challenges that usually require interdisciplinary expertise and collaboration. The speakers and hosts of the session include GYA members and alumni from the fields of chemistry, biomedical sciences, nano-chemistry, food engineering, health sciences, and history and philosophy of science. The session will take place Tuesday, 29 October, from 12:30-13:00. More information is available on the GYA Events page here.

World Science Forum, Budapest, Hungary, 20-23 November, 2019

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 coordinated a nomination process which resulted in the selection of early-career researchers being invited to present in each of five plenary panels. More information is available on the GYA Events page here.

World Forum for Women in Science, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 10-14 February 2020

The World Forum for Women in Science – Brazil 2020 (4th International Conference for Women in Science without Borders) will take place 10-14 February 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be organised by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and is a multidisciplinary conference open to both male and female researchers. More information is available on the GYA Events page here.

2-4 October 2019 Tsukuba Conference, Tsukuba, Japan
3-4 October 2019 Volkswagen Stiftung – Interdisciplinarity Revisited, Berlin, Germany
5-8 October 2019 Science and Technology in Society Forum, Kyoto, Japan
23-25 October 2019 Science and Human Rights Conference, Washington, D.C., United States
27-29 October 2019 World Health Summit, Berlin, Germany
8-9 November 2019 Falling Walls Engage, Berlin, Germany
12-16 November 2019 Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA-15), Accra, Ghana
20-23 November 2019 World Science Forum, Budapest, Hungary
10-11 February 2020 Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering 2020, Nairobi, Kenya
10-13 March 2020 World Forum for Women in Science, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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