Dr. Connie Nshemereirwe, co-chair of the Global Young Academy, introduces an organization for young researchers that is looking for new members from around the globe.
The GYA is comprised of 200 early career researchers and presently 258 alumni living and working in 86 different countries around the world. The vibrancy of our organisation results from its members, who are passionate about the role of science in creating a better world. As an academy dedicated to supporting women in science, we are proud that as of May 2019, 45% of our members are women, though we continue to strive for equal representation.
By developing, connecting, and mobilising young scientific talent from six continents, the GYA empowers young researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational dialogue with the goal of making global decision-making evidence-based and inclusive. Already well rooted in the science systems in Europe, North America and also in the growing research sectors in many Asian and African regions, GYA has presently a special emphasis on enhancing its connections in South- and Central America.
GYA uses different means to pursue its goals, members form working groups to address the topics that motivate and inspire them. Output includes publications such as GYA reports and statements, as well as videos and publications in academic journals and books. Themes include biodiversity, global health, open science, women in science, and science education and outreach.
Another one of our instruments is the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) project. The GloSYS project studies carry out empirical research examining access to support mechanisms, mentoring, and funding as well as scientific productivity, mobility, and gender inequities within the higher education and research environments. The Science Leadership Programmes are a hands on peer education initiative. Supporting young scientists to build and enhance their science leadership skills is a strategic aim of the GYA in general, and of our ongoing annual science leadership programmes in both Africa and the ASEAN countries. Science leadership qualities in this context include the ability to formulate and share a vision to tackle complex problems, and to work with others on strategies to achieve that vision.
Last but not least, GYA’s At-Risk Scholars Initiative – developed and led by GYA members, and collaborating with a number of partners – supports exceptional at-risk and refugee early-career researchers in continuing or re-establishing their scientific careers through a mentorship and membership programme. The Initiative has so far matched 24 pairs of mentors and at-risk scholars
Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact. Visit the GYA website for more information:
https://globalyoungacademy.net/call-for-new-members/ Application deadline: 15 September 2019 (22h:00 UTC)