Early-career researchers (ECRs) around the world have always faced challenges, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought these issues into sharp relief. In addition to job insecurity and challenges with maintaining a healthy work-life balance, ECRs now face hiring freezes, pay cuts, and the loss of research and professional development opportunities.
The GYA has also recently released several publications focused on ERCs across the globe. Drawing from previous projects conducted in Africa and Asia, the Global State of Young Scientists strategic project (GloSYS) has begun to focus on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to analyse the circumstances of ECRs in this region.
Reducing the impact of COVID-19 on inequalities in higher education: A call for action to the international community
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the Global Young Academy (GYA) issued a joint communique laying out recommendations to mitigate the harms of COVID-19 and seize on the opportunities to improve higher education systems around the world. Read the communique here: https://interacademies.org/COVID_education.
Voices of Early Career Researchers in and out of the Academy: A Pan- African Perspective
The first publication stemming from the GloSYS Africa project is now available: 'Voices of Early Career Researchers in and out of the Academy: A Pan- African Perspective'. The purpose of this publication is to offer narratives that highlight the on-the-ground experiences of African ECRs who are trying to navigate their careers while dealing with personal and work challenges and affordances.
Reviewing research on researchers: Our knowledge of early-career researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean
GloSYS LAC recently published 'Reviewing research on researchers: Our knowledge of early-career researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean', which highlights how ECRs are key players in advancing knowledge societies, but also notes a substantial research gap in the region.
Research in LAC: Leading the Push for Inclusion of Early-Career Researchers
The GYA and the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) research team organised the panel event ‘Research in LAC: Leading the Push for Inclusion of Early-Career Researchers’ as part of the Latin America and the Caribbean Open Science Forum 2021 (CILAC).
GYA Annual International Conference of Young Scientists
The 2021 GYA International Conference of Young Scientists will be held online on 2 June 2021, on the topic "Trust in Science".
The evolving conference programme, panel and speaker information can be found here: Annual International Conference of Young Scientists. Additional presentations by GYA working groups from 1 – 4 June will be opened to the public. Updated information on these sessions will be available on the conference website https://conference.globalyoungacademy.net/.