Meet the Attendees.

On this page we will post the short introductions by your fellow members. We highly recommend adding your own as well. Simply head over to this page for more information.

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Paulina Carmona-Mora

This is my first AGM and I really look forward to it! It is already very motivating to see other members in social media engaging in exciting activities globally, so I am traveling to Halle with the hope to make the most of this meeting and start soon working on the GYA activities.
I am a Biochemist from Chile and my interests include understanding gene regulation and the molecular causes underlying human disease. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California-Davis, USA, studying gene expression changes in the blood of patients with neurological disorders. I am also very interested in promoting the development of Latin America, and I serve as North and Central America representative for Ekpa’palek, an organization that aims to empower Latin American professionals. I will be happy to share what we do in Ekpa’palek as well as being involved in discussions that include science and international partnerships.

[New member in 2019, View profile here]

Marian Asantewah Nkansah

Hi there. I was admitted into the GYA in 2017 in Aviemore. I jumped in right away, took over the editorship of the 'connections' and helped produce the 2018 edition. My research interest is in the area of environmental chemistry. I study levels of heavy metals and aromatic hydrocarbons in different media and their potential risk based on exposure. I also investigate some remediation strategies. I am involved in advocacy and public engagement with science. I am looking forward to meeting old friends and making new ones. I am also open to collaborations in areas of common interest.

[New member in 2017, View profile here]

Vanessa Schweizer

I am an assistant professor of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo in Canada and a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. My research focuses on scenarios on how they can be used to structure discourse around policy or managerial decisions. In short, I am concerned with how decision makers understand environmental change problems and how they decide to implement solutions. My research played an influential role in the development of the Shared Socio-economic Pathways, which are socio-economic scenarios used for climate change impact assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I was a Contributing Author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and currently sit on the International Committee on New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS). I have held previous appointments with the US National Center for Atmospheric Research and the US National Academies, where I supported the panel on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change.

[New member in 2019, View profile here]

Abdalhadi Alijla

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in Canada. I research in the areas of comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, criminal law and the law of evidence. Much of my research is focused on the question of how the executive and the legislature understand and implement their constitutional obligations. I am currently Scholar-in-Residence in the Constitutional, Administrative and International Law Section of the federal Department of Justice, which is providing me with an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the work of government lawyers and to share my research. I am interested in connecting with other scholars who are interested in law reform and in building relationships between governments and the academy.

[New member in 2018, View profile here]

Vanessa MacDonnell

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in Canada. I research in the areas of comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, criminal law and the law of evidence. Much of my research is focused on the question of how the executive and the legislature understand and implement their constitutional obligations. I am currently Scholar-in-Residence in the Constitutional, Administrative and International Law Section of the federal Department of Justice, which is providing me with an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the work of government lawyers and to share my research. I am interested in connecting with other scholars who are interested in law reform and in building relationships between governments and the academy.

[New member in 2019, View profile here]

Dipak Vitthal Pinjari

I am a Chemical Technologist by profession and am working as a UGC Assistant Professor in Engineering Science at National Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Mumbai. My research group is actively working in the area of process intensification, environmental remediation (Wastewater and Industrial Effluent Treatment), Energy Transformation (Concentrated Solar radiation) and utilization of cavitation into the various physic-chemical fields. I had involved in developing cavitation based protocols for a variety of nanomaterials at the laboratory, pilot scale, and plant scale. We are also working in very special areas which include the development of corrosion inhibited technologies for all type of conditions (acidic, neutral and basic). The concept, concentrated solar radiation, which we started in 2014-2015, is getting rewarded and few other groups have started working in this area, worldwide. We are able to synthesize various chemical entities and metal oxide nanoparticles as a proof of concept.

[New member in 2019, View profile here]

Connie Nshemereirwe

I will be arriving from Uganda and have been a member since 2016.

For my day job I act in an independent capacity at the interface between science and policy - I do this through translating science for the general public, facilitating the training of scientists in engaging with the policy process, as well as training policy makers on how to evaluate scientific output for the purpose of informing the policy process.

The GYA AGM is the highlight of my year, because it is always an energetic, inspirational and rejuvenating time, connecting with (young) scientists from all over the world - I look forward to seeing everyone again, and meeting the new members in particular!

[New member in 2016, View profile here]

Tyrone Grandison

I am a technologist with a passion for applying data science and computer science to improve the world around us. I was born in Jamaica and call America my home. More formal information I have provided here.

[New member in 2019, View profile here]

Yoko Shimpuku

Trained as a midwife and a researcher in maternal child health. Received my PhD from University of Illinois at Chicago. My work is mostly conducted in Africa, and I’ll be happy to have more international collaboration. I collaborated with WHO for the newborn care program and coached midwifes and nurses from Tanzania and Indonesia.

I’m one of the Executive Committee members of 2018/2019. Also I’m the vice chair of Young Academy of Japan. Looking forward to meeting you all in AGM!!

[New member in 2018, View profile here]

Adewale Adewuyi

I am an Industrial Chemist from Nigeria. Currently, my research is focused on the industrial application of bio-nanomaterials which covers wastewater treatment, corrosion control and drug development. I am so interested in science capacity building and management. Being a member of the GYA-Family is a big blessing and serving on the EC has been a loving experience for me! I am happy you are a member of this family! See you soon at Halle.

[New member in 2014, View profile here]

Alison Flynn

Hello!

I am looking forward to my first GYA meeting and open to explore activities and projects. My work has largely focused on science education research and development (how might we reshape what and how we teach to better equip students as citizens and to face global challenges?) and supporting students to become more proficient learners. Toward those initiatives, my group has developed a number of online learning tools as open education resources (free, accessible, and adaptable), with equity, diversity, and inclusion as core aspects of the work we do. Although much of my research has focused at the postsecondary (university) level and in chemistry, I would be interested in exploring ideas and using my strengths in other areas, too.

From my bio:
Alison Flynn is a bilingual (English/French) Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Canada's highest recognition for excellence in postsecondary education. Her research group studies student learning in organic chemistry and evaluates the effectiveness of learning opportunities. Her work includes developing open-access online learning tools, curricula, and teaching methods to support student learning. As a uOttawa Chair in University Teaching, she developed a self-regulated learning, metacognition, resilience, and growth mindset module that can be integrated in courses in any discipline. At the provincial level, she is a Director on eCampusOntario's Board. At the National level, she is helping build Canada's strength in Chemistry Education Research (ChemEdCanada.com) and is the Canadian Society for Chemistry's Director of Accreditation. She is also part of an international team that is exploring learning outcomes aligned with systems thinking in chemistry. In all her work, she is committed to helping students succeed in their chosen careers and goals.

[New member in 2019, View profile here]

Lisa Herzog

Hi all, my name is Lisa and I look very much forward to the AGM! I'm the co-lead of the "trust in (young) scientists" working group; we're currently working on an application for a video tutorial project on the role of science in society and science communication. If you are interested in these things, please talk to me! In my normal life, I'm a professor of political philosophy at Technical University of Munich and work on questions of justice and democracy; my current focus is on democratic potentials in the world of work, the use of knowledge in society (which is connected to the working group!), and how the digital transformation of our societies could be used as a force for good. I'm always interested in exploring possibilities for international and interdisciplinary collaborations!

[New member in 2017, View profile here]

Anindita Bhadra

I am a Behavioural Biologist, working with free-ranging dogs in India. I am highly interested in science education and outreach, science policy and inclusiveness in academia. I strongly feel the need for scientists to engage with society. I was involved in the founding of the Indian National Young Academy of Science in 2015 and served as its Chair for the first three years of its existence. I love to teach and interact with young people, especially children. I also write popular science articles in Bangla. I am an active thespian, my husband and I run a professional theatre group called mukhOsh in Kolkata, India,

[New member in 2016, View profile here]

Anina Nicole Rich

I'm a Professor in Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and I've been in the GYA since 2015. I've enjoyed being on the Executive Committee this past year, I've learned a lot. I look forward to meeting you all in Halle!

[New member in 2015, View profile here]

Eqbal Mohammed Abdu Dauqan

I am Eqbal M. A. Dauqan from Yemen. In 2012, I received my Ph.D in Biochemistry from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia. My main research interest is biochemistry, food antioxidants, and nutrition. I am heavily focused on the effect of natural antioxidants in the different vegetable oils and thyme herb on blood lipid profile and liver antioxidants enzyme. I was selected as one of five winners of the 2014 Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists in the developing countries (Chemical Sciences). Currently, I am working as an associate professor at University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand-Norway

[New member in 2019, View profile here]

Armand Ketcha Malan KABLAN

I am an Ivorian, working as Assistant Lecturer and Researcher at Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Côte d’Ivoire). In addition to the GYA, I belong to the network of the young scientists on Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). My research interests include urban land use/cover change, climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk management and reduction, water, sanitation, and environmental pollution as well as sustainable development.

[New member in 2018, View profile here]

Beate Wagner

Since Summer 2016, I have been GYA's Managing Director (MD). I've followed Heidi Wedel in this position, GYA's first MD. As GYA is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, Heidi will also join us in her new position as the Director for Alumni Affairs at the DAAD. I am a political scientist by training and have been working in international relations and NGO management for most of my earlier career. As I love to stay tuned with my science, I presently teach a Masters course at the European and International Relations Department at Martin-Luther University in Halle. As MD, I am leading GYA's Office team and help to represent GYA in Germany and internationally. I love to engage for GYA as I believe that science can only be seen as a global and interdisciplinary endeavor. It has at the same time to be linked to society. Science is not teaching society what is right and what is wrong, but in the best of all worlds picks up the questions which arise in our communities and helps to advance solutions together with other stakeholders. In order to be successful in communication with society, science has to advance its diversity, the voices and women and of minorities have to be included. Together with the entire Office team, I am looking very much forward to welcoming all of you in Halle. I am especially interested to get to know the new members and curious which impulses they will be able to give for GYA in its second decade.

[GYA Managing Director, Find contact details here]