Programme of the Global Young Academy's

2024 Annual General Meeting and
International Conference of Young Scientists

The full programme from 5-6 May (pre-AGM workshops) and from 7-10 May (AGM & Conference) is outlined below. Public Conference sessions are color-coded.

For guests: a condensed version of the programme of the International Conference of Young Scientists, from 8-9 May, is available here: “Transformative and Inclusive Science for a Sustainable Future” – 2024 Conference Programme – Annual General Meeting and International Conference (globalyoungacademy.net)

Sunday, 5 May 2024 Pre-AGM / New Members

09.00 – 17.00

Science Leadership Workshop for New Members – Day 1

Internal Workshop – The 2-day workshop aims to give new GYA members space to reflect together on how to be leaders in diverse contexts: in their research contexts, in the institutions and communities where they live and work, and in the GYA. The workshop will cover topics like effective and creative problem solving, collective leadership tools, personality differences and preferences in teams and cultural dexterity. It will give new GYA members confidence as they begin their tenure with the GYA and attend their first Annual General Meeting. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Location to be added.

09.00 – 17.00

Science Leadership Workshop for New Members – Day 2

Internal Workshop – The 2-day workshop aims to give new GYA members space to reflect together on how to be leaders in diverse contexts: in their research contexts, in the institutions and communities where they live and work, and in the GYA. The workshop will cover topics like effective and creative problem solving, collective leadership tools, personality differences and preferences in teams and cultural dexterity. It will give new GYA members confidence as they begin their tenure with the GYA and attend their first Annual General Meeting. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Location to be added.

08.30 – 10.00

LOC & GYA Office meeting

Internal Meeting

Location to be added.

10.00 – 12.00

EC-in-person Meeting

Internal Meeting – This session is for GYA Executive Committee members and GYA Office Team only.

Location to be added.

13.00 – 15.00

parallel sessions

parallel sessions

13.00 – 15.00

Research assessment, integrity and Open Science: How to preserve trust in science?

Science plays a pivotal role in the advancement of democratic societies, and there is a growing consensus advocating for its recognition as both a common good and a fundamental human right. To effectively fulfil this role, science necessitates the trust of society, the support of policy makers, and robust international collaboration, enabling the mobility of researchers and the free flow of knowledge. To encourage this, our responsibilities as researchers extend beyond the realm of academic publishing. They encompass science outreach, education, diplomacy, policy advocacy, entrepreneurship, and collaborations aimed at addressing global challenges or progress towards more equitable societies. This dynamic, collaborative workshop will address these issues and more, involving three GYA working groups and the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA), which brings together a community of researchers and research enablers dedicated to reforming this perilous research culture.

More information, and to register for participation (required), see: AGM Workshops – Global Young Academy

Location to be added.

Advancing Biosecurity: From Knowledge to Action in Biorisk Management and Bioethics

This event consists of two parts. A pre-online lecture series and an in-person event during the AGM 2024. It is aimed at equipping participants with the necessary skills to assess the Biorisk associated with their research projects, as well as to build their capacities in the bioethics of life science research. This in-person workshop will focus on bioethics and the code of conduct for bioscientists. The event will feature scenario-based discussions, encouraging participants to explore ethical dilemmas in bioscience and share their insights.

More information, and to register for participation (required), see: AGM Workshops – Global Young Academy

Location to be added.

15.00 – 15.30

Break

15.30 – 17.00

parallel sessions

parallel sessions

15.30 – 17.00

Science Diplomacy Forum  

As GYA members, we are eager to explore the world of science diplomacy and learn more about the role that young scientists play in international collaboration. The Science Diplomacy Forum aims to be a space where GYA members, former members and local early-career researchers interested in science diplomacy can meet and reflect on different topics while hearing from a panel of invited diplomats.

More information, and to register for participation (required), see: AGM Workshops – Global Young Academy

Location to be added.

Science Advice Masterclass: A Global Transdisciplinary Approach 

This workshop will focus on international science advice from the perspective of a cross-disciplinary collaboration at the science-policy interface, with the opportunity to engage in exercises addressing real-life problems with peers and experts in science for policy and diplomacy. 

More information, and to register for participation (required), see: AGM Workshops – Global Young Academy

Location to be added.

Afternoon

Arrival and Registration GYA Members

Evening

Dinner

A chance to network for GYA and New Voices members.

Location to be added.

Tuesday, 7 May 2024Internal GYA Day

09:00 – 10:30

parallel sessions

parallel sessions

09.00 – 10.30

Official AGM Opening

AGM Session 

Moderators: GYA Co-Chairs Priscilla Kolibea Mante and Felix Moronta Barrios

Welcome
Introduction to GYA
Inauguration of new GYA Members

Location to be added.

09:00 – 12:30

parallel sessions

parallel sessions

09.00 – 12.30

New Voices internal meeting

Internal Meeting – This session is for members of the New Voices only.

Location to be added.

10:30 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Plenary – Internal Reports – GYA in the last year

AGM Session 
EC & GYA Finances reports
WG Output Highlights

Location to be added.

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

Also: 13:00 – 14:00 is reserved for internal meetings of Working Groups. Groups are encouraged to plan accordingly.

14:00 – 15:30

GYA Activities Fair

AGM Session – GYA Working Groups, Incubators, Projects & Committees

Location to be added.

15:30 – 16:00

Break

16:00 – 18:30

Excursions

Excursion options & meeting locations will be communicated before the event.

19:00 – 21:00

Networking Dinner

Location to be added.

Wednesday, 8 May 2024Public Conference Day

08:00 – 08:45

EC Pitches at GYA-internal breakfast

AGM Session – Pitches by candidates for Co-Chair or Executive Committee 

Location to be added.

09:00 – 09:05

Conference Opening and Welcoming Remarks

Public Session

Location to be added.

09:05 – 10:05

Opening Panel

Public Session

Moderator:

Speakers:

  • Marcia McNutt (President, National Academy of Sciences, United States)
  • Vint Cerf (VP, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google; Honorary Fellow and Inaugural Patron of the ISC)
  • Patricia Gruber (Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State Office of the Science and Technology Advise)

Additional panelists to be listed as they are confirmed.

Location to be added.

10:05 – 10:20

Break

10:20 – 11:20

Plenary Panel I -Bridging the Gap and Paving the Way for Future Leaders

Public Session 

This panel will focus on how different programs and initiatives are structured to promote new scientists at various national and international venues and the benefits and challenges associated with such initiatives.

Moderator:

  •  Meghana Gadgil (Associate Professor, University of California San Francisco; New Voices Member)

Speakers:

  • Gregory Weiss (Professor, University of California Irvine; Founding GYA Member)
  • Frances Colon (Senior Director, International Climate Policy at American Progress)
  • Kimberly Montgomery (Director, International Affairs and Science Diplomacy at AAAS)
  • Ponpang Kaewtatip (Vice President, Thailand Research and Innovation)

Location to be added.

11:20 – 11:35

Break

11:35 – 12:35

Plenary Panel II – In a Challenging World, No One Should be Left Behind 

Location to be added.

Public Session 

This panel will focus on how science should benefit everyone in society and new approaches that integrate vulnerable populations and marginalized communities to understand how complex challenges impact our society holistically and how to develop effective policies to lower this impact. 

Moderator:

  • Hiba Baroud (Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University; GYA Member)

Speaker:

  • Sudip Parikh (Chief Executive Officer and Executive Publisher, Science Journals, AAAS)
  • Asmeret Asefaw Berhe  (Director of the Office of Science, US Department of Energy; New Voices member)
  • Martin Chalfie (Professor, Columbia University, USA; Nobel Laureate)
  • Nishal Mohan (Founder of mohuman, USA)

12:35 – 14:45

parallel sessions

parallel sessions

12:35 – 14:45

Lunch

Location to be added.

AI Horizons: Empowering Sustainable Science for a Better Tomorrow 

Lunchtime workshop – This workshop explores the pivotal role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in advancing science and driving sustainable development. In an era marked by unprecedented challenges, AI stands as a transformative force, propelling us towards innovative solutions and a more sustainable future. After an introduction on AI and Intelligent Systems, the program will delve into various scientific areas, to show the societal and economic impact AI is having across domains.

More information, and to register for participation (required), see: AGM Workshops – Global Young Academy

Location to be added.

How Might Diverse Minds Come Together to Build a Future People Want? 

Lunchtime workshop – This workshop introduces participants to the values of mutual respect and active listening, which underlie the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and meaningful collaboration with diverse people. Participants will reflect on how such values might inspire their personal approach to intercultural communication and conflict resolution. The GYA At-Risk Scholars Initiative will also be introduced including its needs, goals, outcomes and partners.

More information, and to register for participation (required), see: AGM Workshops – Global Young Academy

Location to be added.

14:45 – 16:15

parallel sessions

parallel sessions

14:45 – 16:15

Lightning Talks

Public Session 

Lightning Talks showcase the multiplicity of research being done by early- to mid-career researchers, making space for individuals to communicate to each other about their research and work. There will be 2-3 parallel sessions of Lightning Talks. 

GYA & NVs members can submit an absract by 28 February here: AGM & Conference 2024 – Lightning Talks – Global Young Academy

Location to be added.

16:30 – 18:00

Working Group Meetings

Internal Session – Parallel meetings: Working Groups come together to discuss, plan and outline the coming year.

Location to be added.

18:00 – 19:15

Break

19:15 – 19:30

Group photo

19:30 – 22:30

Gala Dinner

GYA members, New Voices members, and invited guests only

Location to be added.

Thursday, 9 May 2024Public Conference Day

08:00 – 10:00

Breakfast with the Science Diplomats Club

Internal Session GYA & NVs –  Join members of the Science Diplomats Club (SDC) for a networking breakfast and keynote speaker. The Science Diplomats Club (SDC) was founded in 1965 and currently has more than 230 members and guests (mostly Science Counselors and Attachés) from 103 organizations (53 countries/geographic areas represented). This joint event will be part of the SDC’s monthly “Science Breakfasts” series and will feature a prominent member of the American science and technology community as the keynote speaker. The meeting will also be an opportunity for SDC members to meet young scientists from around the world while sharing their insights on science diplomacy with Global Young Academy and New Voices members.

Location to be added.

10:00 – 10:15

Break

10:15 – 11:15

Keynote

11:15 – 11:30

Break

11:30 – 12:30

Plenary Panel III – Science Innovation, Transformation, or Both

Public Session – This session will discuss the basic difference between science innovation and transformation and the intricate process needed, through multi-stakeholder partnerships (such as university-industry collaborations and public-private partnerships), to establish innovative and transformative science and how to deal with challenges that hinder such progress.

Moderator:

Speakers:

  • Derya Baran (Professor, KAUST, Saudia Arabia; GYA Member)
  • Bindu Nair (Director, Basic Research Office, OUSD R&E, Department of Defense, United States)
  • Timothy Jones (Founder and Managing Principal, TBJ Investments)
  • Mohamed Abdel-Kader (Chief Innovation Officer, USAID)

Additional panelists to be listed as they are confirmed.

Location to be added.

12:30 – 14:30

parallel sessions

parallel sessions

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch

Location to be added.

Women in Science for Peace

Lunchtime workshop – This workshop aims to bring together early to mid-career Women in Science and interested participants, with the primary goal to equip them with enhanced conflict resolution and negotiation skills, recognizing that scientists can be instrumental in fostering peace not only within scientific communities but also in broader societal contexts. We aim to empower scientists and researchers with the tools and knowledge necessary to handle conflicts and disputes effectively, fostering a more inclusive, diverse, and peaceful scientific community. The workshop will address conflict resolution strategies, case studies and practical exercises.

More information, and to register for participation (required), see: AGM Workshops – Global Young Academy

Location to be added.

14:30 – 16:30

US Partnership Expo

An expo-style networking event bringing science policy program staff from the U.S. National Academies and other science-related stakeholders from across the United States.

Location to be added.

16:30 – 17:30

Reception

All expo attendees and presenters are invited to join an open reception with refreshments.

Location to be added.

18:00 – 19:30

EC Elections

Internal Session –  Description to be added

Location to be added.

Friday, 10 May 2024Internal GYA Day

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary – Future of the GYA

AGM session 

Location to be added.

10:30 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 13:00

Plenary – Future of the GYA 

AGM session 

Location to be added.

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 16:00

End-of-AGM GYA Business

Committee Meetings / EC-EC business transition meeting / EC photos  

Location to be added.