5th International Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Global Young Academy
As the “voice of young scientists around the world,” the Global Young Academy (GYA) aims to empower and mobilize young scientists to address issues of particular importance to early career scientists. The 200 members, leading young scientists from 58 countries and all continents, are currently working in groups focused on 1) improving policy and global challenges, 2) education & outreach, 3) open science and 4) research environment.
The International Conference and General Meeting is the annual key event of GYA an its main meeting in which the members can work together on the goals of this global organization. This year, it took place at the Hotel Château Montebello in Montebello, Canada from 24 to 29 May 2015. The theme of this Conference was ‘Innovation for Sustainable Globalization’.
The participants included around 100 young scientists GYA members and guests amon
g which was ICSU. Some of the distinguished guests were: Howard Alper (IAP), Michelle Rempel (Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification), Kirsty Duncan (Member of Parliament, Lib), Kennedy Stewart (Member of Parliament, NDP), John R. McDougall (NRC President), David Johnston (His Excellency the Right Honourable, Governor General of Canada), Luc Lalande (Executive Director of the Ottawa Entrepreneurship Hub), Jessie MacAlpine (young scientist, Canada’s top 20 under 20), Hanan Anis (Director of the uOttawa Makerspace), Connor Dickie (CEO of Synbiota), Marianne Heisz (Director of the Office of Biosafety Programs and Planning, Public Health Agency of Canada), David Pantalony (Curator of the Canada Science and Technology Museum), Remco Volmer (Executive Director of ArtEngine), and Gordon McBean (President of ICSU).
Gordon McBean, President of ICSU, presented a keynote on Future Earth followed by a panel discussion with GYA members Abdeslam Badre, Kiki Jenkins and Sabina Leonelli, moderated by Robert Leckey on the role of ICSU and Future Earth and the space for early-career scientists within these organizations. Afterwards, he held a closed-door meeting with the co-chairs Eva Alisic and Sameh Soror and Heide Wedel, Executive Director of the GYA.
ICSU ROLAC Communications Officer, Angélica Bucio, participated in this Assembly in representation of the International Council for Science with the aim of looking for collaborations between ICSU and the GYA and for gathering ideas for the Early-Career Scientists strategy of ICSU.
In short, the main outcomes of the meeting were: 1) the establishment of a valuable network of early-career scientists around the world, 2) identification of future collaborations, 3) the positioning of ICSU within the young scientist community, 4) the starting point of the development of a network of young scientists in Latin America and the Caribbean 5) development of a document for the strategy of ICSU for early-career scientists.
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