Dear Friends,

We're all terribly excited for the 2021 International Conference "Trust in Science" to get started this week.

With so many distinguished early-career researchers from around the world presenting and attending, it's bound to be an inspiring and thought-provoking event. If you haven't registered yet, please do consider joining us.

In addition to the flurry of activity surrounding the Conference, this month we published GYA Connections and the 2020 Yearly Report, and also launched the Global State of Young Scientists website.

Other highlights this month include a video created by the GYA Rainbow Incubator for the International Day Against Hopophobia, Transphobia and Biophobia, and an International Science Council/Nature podcast featuring Rainbow Incubator co-lead Abhijit Majumder. Other GYA members spoke at the United Nations STI Forum, and an Executive Committee member spoke about reaching younger audiences with science communications at a gathering of the European Academies Science Advisory Council.

We hope you enjoy this month's news, and again - do consider joining us at this year's International Conference of Young Scientists! (Link to register below.)

Anindita Bhadra (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India) and Michael Saliba (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
On behalf of the GYA Executive Committee
Beate Wagner (Managing Director)
On behalf of the GYA Office


GYA News

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.
The public Conference on 2 June 2021 will address the topic "Trust in Science", and many sessions throughout the week will be open to the public. 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.

New Member Science Leadership Programme

New members convened in early May to explore collaborative leadership tools in preparation for their GYA tenure and the 2021 Annual General Meeting.
Read more here.

First Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries
Science Leadership Programme

Read more here.

Global State of Young Scientists Project unveils new website

The new website showcases the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) working group, which leads and guides empirical research projects investigating the context in which early-career researchers today work, and the challenges and motivations that shape their career trajectories.
Check out the new website here: The Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) (

The 2020 Yearly Report is out!

Stories include the GYA "going virtual"; how the Women in Science working group has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic; the GYA becoming an Affiliate Member of the International Science Council; and how the Global State of Young Scientists project is now exploring the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

GYA Connections Issue 9 available!

In Issue #9 of GYA Connections, early-career researchers from various countries and disciplines reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic.
To offer a cause for optimism for the year ahead, 26 members have contributed to a feature titled “A-Z of Hope” that you’re sure to enjoy.
GYA Connections also features the GYA’s amazing new member cohort.
Download your copy here.

GYA members Clarissa Rios Rojas and Mai Tolba discuss biodiversity and Open Science during the United Nations STI Forum
Read more and watch video here.

Items of interest

Trust in Science Is Not the Problem

The public makes decisions based on an array of inputs, including but not limited to scientific facts.

Download available here

OECD Policy Paper: Reducing the precarity of academic research careers

Download available here

GYA in the media

COVID-19 threatens to lead to a “lost generation” of researchers, say international scholar networks - InterAcademy Partnership

News from Our Members and Alumni

Javier Garcia-Martinez (University of Alicante, Spain), in his role as President of the Young Academy of Spain, contributed to the OECD Policy Paper: Reducing the precarity of academic research careers.

Mathias Klaeui (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany) has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of his experimental research into magnetic materials, spin transport, and the dynamics and manipulation of spin textures on the nanoscale level.  Read more here.

Executive Committee member Robert Lepenies (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Environmental Politics, Germany) recently presented on "How to engage younger audiences through academies’ science communications” at the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) Press and Communications Group webinar of the same title.

Guru Madhavan (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, United States) recently co-edited the book "Engineering and Philosophy: Reimagining Technology and Progress".

Past Co-Chair Connie Nshemereirwe (Actualise Africa, Uganda) recently authored "Reimagining Education for All in Africa" in The Namibian, wherein she addressed the state of education in Africa.

Please use this form to send us your stories and accomplishments - we'll include them in social media and in the newsletter!

GYA Activities

Inclusivity and anti-discrimination highlights

GYA stands against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia

On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the GYA celebrated diversity and supported members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies with the above video created by the GYA Rainbow Incubator.

ISC Podcast - Nature "Working Scientist"

Episode 4: "Gender, sexuality and representation", features GYA Rainbow Initiative co-lead Abhijit Majumder (Indian Institute of Technology, India).
Check out the podcast here.

Working Group and Strategic Project highlights

TWAS-ISC-IAP launch "Science in Exile" Network

To increase awareness and active support for displaced scientists and researchers, the International Science Council (ISC), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) have launched a joint, global at-risk, displaced and refugee scientists’ initiative. Members of the GYA's At-Risk Scholars Initiative have been involved in the network-building process over the last months.
Read more here.

Call for New Voices in Global Health at WHS 2021 – deadline extended

The GYA is seeking 4–5 contributions from GYA members or members of a (National) Young Academy for a New Voices in Global Health session at the World Health Summit 2021.
Details available here; deadline for applications is 6 June 2021.
National Young Academies

2021 European National Young Academies Meeting

Young Academies from all over Europe met virtually on 7-8 May 2021. The meeting, organised and hosted by the Young Academy of Scotland, brought together representatives from 15 young academies and academy initiatives. The GYA was represented by Executive Committee member Maral Dadvar (Stuttgart Media University, Germany).
Read the report here.

National Young Academy of Nepal (NaYAN) established

The worldwide network of National Young Academies heartily welcomes the National Young Academy of Nepal (NaYAN), which has been established and registered as a non-profit organisation.
After the establishment of the Young Scientists Forum Nepal (YSFN) in 2020, Nepalese young scientists are now represented by these two Young Academies.
NYAs and COVID-19

GYA's COVID-19 page highlights work of Young Academies

The GYA has a page on its website ( 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.

NYA Updates - spread the news!

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

International Network for Government Science Advice Horizon Series

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is producing an interview series with some of the key global practitioners at the interfaces between science, policy and society. One video features GYA member Clarissa Rios Rojas (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom).
The INGSA Horizon Series looks beyond the immediate lessons of the pandemic to how the complex systems of our society need to adapt to face future wicked challenges.

1-4 June 2021
2021 International Conference of Young Scientists and GYA Annual General Meeting - online
The 2021 GYA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and International Conference of Young Scientists will be held online from 1-4 June. The public Conference on 2 June 2021 will address the topic ‘Trust in Science’.

11 June
Young Academies Science Advice Structure (YASAS) General Assembly (online)

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.

9-11 September 2021
2nd GYA Research Leadership Workshop - Oxford, United Kingdom
The GYA At-Risk Scholars Initiative Research Leadership Workshop is organised in cooperation with Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK.

15-19 September 2021
Silbersalz Science Media Conference
This conference (in part) takes place at the GYA's host institution, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

21-30 September 2021
Tsukuba Conference 2021
The purpose of the Tsukuba Conference is to bring together future shapers beyond all borders to facilitate discussion among them. GYA Executive Committee member Yoko Shimpuku (University of Hiroshima, Japan) is involved with organising the event.

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