Eva Alisic is a psychologist and social scientist, and Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy (GYA). Her research focuses on child and family resilience in the face of traumatic events, such as disaster, loss and violence. Dr Alisic leads the Trauma Recovery Lab at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and is a visiting fellow at the Children’s Hospital in Zürich, Switzerland. She has initiated large-scale research translation programs focused on improving post-trauma support for children. Dr Alisic led the first population-based study into the consequences of fatal domestic violence for children in the Netherlands (see also www.trauma-recovery.net). She is also involved in child-centered disaster risk reduction studies, and has received a number of prizes for her work, including the World Economic Forum Young Scientist award. One of Dr Alisic’s main interests regards international and interdisciplinary capacity building. She serves on the management committee of the Africa Science Leadership Program, an innovative program to equip African early and mid-career researchers with collective leadership skills.