Freelance journalist from Guatemala, SciDev.Net
It is pretty encouraging to hear that young scientists from across the world are getting together to not only share knowledge and ideas, but also take science to the public. They are also attempting to encourage students to take to science careers and find creative solutions to national as well as global problems.
And the best part of it is that young scientists from developing countries are enthusiastic partners in the Global Young Academy movement involving 54 countries and 172 scientists.
The global academy, which was set up in 2010 and describes itself as the “voice of young scientists around the world, has scientists from at least 20 developing countries including Bangladesh, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan and Venezuela.
An ESOF session on the ‘young academy’ movement heard about examples from young scientists academies from Europe.
Helene Andersson-Svahn, from the Young Academy of Sweden explained how the academy serves as a cross-disciplinary forum to promote science among the public.
It organises contests for scientists to present their work in a simple language to a broad audience, in seven minutes. The public judges the winner, and at the end of it all, the scientists improve their communication skills.
The Swedish academy also engages in regular dialogue with politicians so that the latter understand and include scientific evidence while formulating laws on agriculture, environment and health.
The Global Young Academy also aims to empower and mobilize young scientists to address issues crucial to the early stages of their career, Nitsara Karoonuthaisir, founding co-chair of the global academy said.
The academy has working groups focussing on improving early scientific careers, science-society dialogue, science education, and interdisciplinary research.
It felt good to see the commitment and enthusiasm of young scientists – it is for them to shape the future.
Link to: The Global Young Academy video
This blog post is part of our ESOF 2012 blog which takes place 11-15 July, 2012. To read news and analysis on themes related to the conference please visit our website.