Representatives from more than 30 young academies from all over the globe are meeting for the Fourth Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies this week at Duy Tan University in Da Nang, Vietnam.
The meeting, which will explore the theme “Young Academies for Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies”, takes place from 31 July - 2 August 2019, and is hosted by the Vietnam Young Academy (VYA) and co-organised by the Global Young Academy (GYA).
Flavia Schlegel, the Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy at the International Science Council (ISC), will open the meeting with a keynote on the role of young academies in providing science advice as intermediaries between the research community and policy-makers nationally and globally.
This will set the tone for the following discussions on how young academies can better engage in the implementation and development of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Discussions will build on the 2017 young academies statement on the UN SDGs and will also draw on the InterAcademy Partnership’s recent report on Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking, which lists specific recommendations for action by young academies.
Meeting participants will also exchange best practices on science advice, outreach and communication, as well as discuss internal matters, e.g. membership selection criteria and procedures, fundraising strategies, engaging with diaspora young scientists, and how to deal with declining levels of academic freedom and trust in science. Existing activities for at-risk and refugee scholars will also be highlighted, likely resulting in additional future collaborations.
The Programme Organising Committee for the meeting included representatives from a number of young academies, thereby ensuring that the meeting agenda reflects the global nature of these biannual meetings.
Fourth Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies 2019
For more information, see https://globalyoungacademy.net/events/4th-worldwide-meeting-of-young-academies-2019/
Anna-Maria Gramatté, Project Officer, GYA Office, Germany