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Global Young Academy Wraps Up Very Successful General Assembly Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa (20-24 May 2012)

 With a program headlined by the South African Minister for Science and Technology, the Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine and other luminaries, the Global Young Academy (GYA) recently completed a very successful General Assembly meeting.  The meeting, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, including 80 young scientists from 40 countries, distinguished senior scientists, and science administrators from around the world.  With a theme of “Sustainability: Lessons on the road between Rio and Rio+20,” the conference focused on concrete actions young scientists can take to advance a sustainable future.  Additionally, the meeting included the founders and founding members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), who convened an inaugural meeting to participate in the GYA assembly. 



About the GYA

In 2008 and 2009 the IAP: the Global Network of Science Academies in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF) established a program to bring approximately 60 young scientists from across the world to the New Champions meetings of the WEF in China. During the first meeting in 2008 the young scientists issued a statement, highlighting their passion for science and for contributing to society through their vocation. Following on this, the young scientists attending the 2009 meeting envisioned establishing a GYA as both a contributor to solutions facing science and society, but also as an opportunity to enhance the quality of scientific research across the globe. In particular, the GYA would provide a voice to young scientists on international issues at the interface of science and society. The Global Young Academy was established and launched in February, 2010, and has grown to a well-represented (172 members from 54 countries) and internationally recognized body.  The GYA’s headquarters is hosted by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in Berlin, Germany.  Hired in October, 2011, Dr. Heidi Wedel serves as the Managing Director, and works in the Berlin office of the GYA.  The GYA is governed by two elected Co-Chairs, currently Prof. Bernard Slippers (South Africa) and Prof. Rees Kassen (Canada) and an elected Executive Committee.  

 The GYA aims to provide a voice to young scientists; promote science as a career of choice for young people; narrow the gap between science in developed and developing countries; and encourage the development of novel approaches to problems of international significance. National Young Academies, which focus on such issues at the national level, have been established in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Scotland, Sudan, Sweden and Thailand. A number of other initiatives in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America are under way to establish Young Academies.

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