7 June
7 June
Science Leadership Workshop for new GYA members (Day 1 of 2)
09:00 - 17:00

With this workshop, the Global Young Academy (GYA) aims to unlock the potential of its members – excellent early to mid-career scientists and scholars from around the globe – to explore and expand their collective leadership skills. Designed and facilitated by KnowInnovation, the 2-day workshop helps participants reflect on the meaning and practice of leadership, both in terms of their research initiatives, but also in terms of influencing the institutions and communities where they live and work. Workshop Objectives
  • impart new members with the skills they need to optimize their experience during their GYA tenure and in their careers
  • create a bond between new members
  • develop skills around brainstorming and harnessing new ideas
  • raise awareness about listening and facilitating conversations, working in diverse groups and collaborating
  • explore targeted conversations within the context of science communication
  • learn tools for constructive and effective evaluation

8 June
8 June
Science Leadership Workshop for new GYA members (Day 2 of 2)
09:00 - 17:00

Further workshops TBD 1. Science communication through video with social media, with Nerina Finetto (proposal by Kit Chan and others) 2. YSAP or science education – outreach element (proposed by Mirabbos Hojamberdiev) 3. Science advice for climate scientists, with IPCCC (proposal by Laura Fierce and others)

Pre-AGM workshops: SciComm / Science Advice / Open Science
15:00 - 18:00

EC in person meeting
15:00 - 18:00

Dinner and WG/Networking time
19:00 - 21:00

10 June
Conference Day 1
10 June
Conference Day 1
Member Lightning Talks II
09:00 - 10:00

Conference Opening
10:00 - 10:30

International Conference of Young Scientists - Opening Introduction by GYA members Abdalhadi Alijla and Velia Siciliano Welcome to conference guests by GYA Co-Chairs

Keynote Talk - Soumya Swaminathan
10:30 - 11:15

Deputy Director General of Programmes (DDP) at the WHO Speaker profiles here:

Panel – Health Access, Inequality and Corruption
11:15 - 12:20

The link between corruption and inequality has been extensively documented at national, regional and global levels. The empirical and theoretical literature reports a positive correlation between corruption and inequality. Corruption, nepotism, bribery, extortion, influence peddling and fraud are all forms of misuse that have been linked to reduction of public money, including funds for health programmes. In societies with high levels of corruption, equal access to health care is made more difficult. This panel brings together experts and researchers from the fields of public health and social sciences with professionals from international organizations to discuss disparities in health care, and links to corruption and inequality at regional, national and global levels. Key Questions: In what ways are inequality and corruption connected, and how does this relate to limitations of health care provision in developing countries? How can scientists and scholars contribute to monitoring disparities in health access in highly corrupted institutions and countries? What strategies can be found to reduce corruption in order to support universal health care and global health equality?

Panel – Diminishing Resources and Environmental Sustainability
12:20 - 13:30

In 2019, the world witnessed two major unfortunate events for the environment, namely, the wildfires in the Amazon, and overshooting the Earth Budget within the first seven months of the year. These are only two of countless incidents, which pose a threat to the Earth’s environment and have triggered concerns about the future of the earth and its inhabitants. The need to reconcile resource use with environmental sustainability is a key issue for societies, both politically and economically. Countries strive to secure sufficient high quality of resources, often underestimating the effects of human consumption on the ecosystem, and the diversity of plants and animals. Recent reports by international bodies such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) address the interconnectedness of human activity with the climate, biodiversity and natural environment, and suggest pathways towards a sustainable future. Key questions: Do we need an expansion of the definition of environmental sustainability, towards a cross-cutting issue? What trends exist in resource use, and how might these be re-considered? What is the role of non-governmental actors in changing human behavior with relation to resources, consumption and sustainability? How can (young) scientists increase awareness and motivate action on the urgent need for a sustainable approach to our environment?  

13:30 - 14:30

Working Group time
14:30 - 18:00

EC and Co-Chair Pitches
18:00 - 19:00

Dinner and Networking
19:30 - 21:00

11 June
Conference Day 2
11 June
Conference Day 2
NYA breakfast meeting
07:30 - 09:00

Keynote Talk - K. VijayRaghavan
09:00 - 09:45

Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India Speaker profiles here:

Panel - Open Science and Global Open Access
09:45 - 11:00

Moderating: Nova Ahmed

Open Science refers to research practices that are inclusive, effective, and conducive to collaboration and discovery across fields and locations. The GYA Open Science working group aims to collect and voice young researchers’ views on which scientific outputs should be disseminated, how, to whom and with which expectations. Furthermore, the group investigates the challenges and opportunities involved in implementing Open Science across highly diverse research environments and to promote Open Science among GYA members and their research environments. This panel will discuss the current challenges and opportunities in practicing open science, particularly for early-career scientists and scholars. The GYA is well placed to explore how open science can contribute to bridging the research gap between low and high-income countries. Panelists will explore topics such as access, quality and ownership, for example:

  • Access: How open is Open Science? Might it widen the knowledge divide through new access problems, created by author-pay models? How would this impact researchers and the visibility of science in low-income countries, or more general, in countries which have a shortage of government or private research funding?
  • Quality: Are Open Access resources taken seriously by senior scientists? Fees associated to publications raise questions about quality of published research. General and discipline-specific examples are relevant here.
  • Ownership: What challenges arise regarding open data from developing and developed regions? Ownership, collaboration and many other concerns come into the discussion.

Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30

Panel – Engagement at Large: Communicating Science to and with the public
11:30 - 12:45

Moderating: Robert Lepenies and Shabana Khan

Speakers: Aphiya Hathayatham, Simon Chaplin, Luis Quevedo

Local and international organizations need to understand how the public thinks in order to communicate science in a way that is accessible to everyone, regardless of their economic, social or political status. The UN and other international organizations have initiated programs such as goodwill ambassadors, to assist in fighting global warming, eradicating poverty and combating illiteracy. In addition, artists and celebrities have individually joined efforts to achieve the SDGs, showing a commitment towards global and critical issues. These initiatives help to make specific issues more visible, and to bring about public awareness on, e.g. issues about refugees, education, poverty, health and environment. At times, however, the engagement of public personas can erode trust in science, if they use their status to promote trends with no basis in evidence.  

Key Questions:

  • What are the challenges of science communication, and communicating the SDGs, for scientists themselves, as well as for non-scientists with public attention?
  • To what extent should scientists be aware of cultural trends to make themselves heard?
  • How can trust in science be (re-) established?
  • What kind of communication not only gets the attention of the public but also fosters action and support of relevant policies?

12:45 - 13:45

EC and Co-Chair Elections
13:45 - 14:45

Meeting with local industry represenatives
14:45 - 16:00

Working Group time
14:45 - 18:00

EC-EC business transition meeting
16:00 - 18:00

Dinner and Networking
19:00 - 22:00

Farewell outgoing GYA members