The IAP Strategic Plan for 2013-2015 recognizes the need for IAP to work with its member academies to support young scientists. In the past, IAP has auctioned this goal by working with the World Economic Forum (WEF). With the WEF, we have helped to integrate young scientists into a broader community of ‘New Champions’ within the ‘Summer Davos’ in China. From 2008 to 2013, more than 200 young scientists under the age of 40 nominated by IAP member academies and selected by a review committee participated. One major outcome has been the establishment of the Global Young Academy (GYA). See HERE for more information on this 6 year programme).
For 2015 we have a new partnership. Working with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, we will hold a young scientists side event on Wednesday 4 November 2015, prior to the opening of the World Science Forum (WSF). The WSF focuses on issues of high relevance to the global community of scientists, policy makers and the innovative corporate sector and runs from 4-7 November 2015 with the overarching theme: ‘The Enabling Power of Science’. See: http://www.sciforum.hu/ for more information.
The young scientists side event 'Scoping the future: views and ideas of young scientists to tackle global challenges *' is organized by IAP in close collaboration with the GYA, WAYS and ICORSA.
More than 60 nominations were submitted by IAP Member Academies and the Global Young Academy, and following a selection process, IAP/GYA have 30 selected Young Scientists for 2015. In addition to the IAP/GYA group, WAYS/ICORSA have selected 12 Young Scientists who will also participate in the event.
The complete list of Young Scientists 2015 is available HERE.
* Session Summary. Globalization and innovation are the two driving forces shaping the scientific enterprise around the world. Early career researchers are a creative, energetic, highly mobile workforce that provides the intellectual capital to grow and sustain national science, technology and innovation (STI) systems and define research priorities towards achieving knowledge economies and societies. For this interactive session, IAP, WAYS, ICORSA and GYA will convene a group of more than 40 leading young scientists, from over 20 countries to analyse challenges and opportunities facing young scientists globally, identify strategies that link global challenges to career opportunities for young scientists, and present policy recommendations that will empower young scientists to impact the Sustainable Development Goals. The results of these exercises will be presented in a 'competitive' plenary session where early career researchers pitch their ideas to a distinguished panel of experts immediately before the WSF opening ceremony. The ultimate goal of this session will be to provide specific recommendations on opportunities for both the scientific community and policymakers to tackle global challenges. This final closing session is open to all WSF participants and speakers to attend.
Updates: Follow the link HERE for a full report on the events.