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Versterking van jonge wetenschappers over de hele wereld

20 augustus 2010

Meer dan 100 jonge wetenschappers uit 40 landen hebben hun krachten gebundeld in de Global Young Academy (GYA). Dit initiatief is gemodelleerd naar bestaande nationale jonge academies zoals De Jonge Akademie en wordt gesteund door de InterAcademy Panel for International Issues (IAP).

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Global Young Academy zal nieuwe nationale jonge academies helpen oprichten en een forum zijn voor jonge wetenschappers in landen zonder een dergelijke organisatie. GYA leden zijn rond de leeftijd van 35 jaar en worden als toekomstige leiders voorgedragen door senior wetenschappers in hun land van herkomst. Het lidmaatschap is voor 4 jaar. Hans Hilgenkamp, alumnus en ambassadeur van De Jonge Akademie, is een van de oprichters van GYA. Naast Hans Hilgenkamp zijn op dit moment twee leden van De Jonge Akademie lid van de GYA: Tjerk Oosterkamp en Mihai Netea.

Empowering Young Scientists

(ingekort artikel)

by Catherine Beaudry, Tilman Brück, Hans Hilgenkamp, Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri, Hiba Salah-Eldin Mohamed, Gregory A. Weiss. The authors are founding members of the GYA. Published in Science (10.1126/science.1185745).

A world that increasingly faces global challenges such as climate change, resource exploitation, and public health disparities must mobilize all of its talents, regardless of age, gender, or country of residence. In the interests of scientific and resource sustainability, such a world also should encourage the views and approaches of its best young scientists, who often tackle research problems in less conventional ways than do their older, more established peers.

More than 100 young scientists from 40 countries have now created an organization called the Global Young Academy (GYA), with the encouragement and support of senior scientists through the InterAcademy Panel for International Issues (IAP). The GYA will unite talented young scientists from around the world: those around the age of 35 who are chosen by senior scientists in their own nations as likely future leaders. Membership, capped at 200, will be highly competitive, involving international peer review of nominations from national academies and similar organizations. Membership is temporary (4 years), to prevent the organization from becoming an “old academy.”

This effort is modeled on the formation of young national academies, only a few of which have been established so far. Die Junge Akademie was the first, founded in Germany 10 years ago by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina. Similar academies have been established in the Netherlands by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and in Sudan by the Sudan Academy of Sciences. They encourage and empower their members to engage in interdisciplinary research, communicate science to society, and provide advice on national science policies, especially those affecting young scientists. The GYA will help establish national young academies and provide a forum for young scientists in countries without such organizations.

Support for the GYA concept by the IAP and the World Economic Forum began in 2008 and led to the first planning meeting in February 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The GYA emphasizes bringing together young scientists from developed and developing countries to expand research capacity and exchange best practices in science policy and education. This effort aspires to advance communications between science and society and to build on the global spirit of the Olympics through productive and friendly international interactions.

Original link from Science: Empowering Young Scientists The Vancouver Olympics reveal stark differences between the worlds of sports and science. In both, young people from around the world.

Meer informatie, zie Global Young Academy

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