Dr Godwin Anywar, Lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University has been selected to join the highly prestigious Global Young Academy (GYA) for a period of 5 years beginning June 2023. Dr Anywar is the only Ugandan in the new cohort selected to join the Academy.
The GYA develops, connects and mobilizes young talent from six continents, and empowers young researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational dialogue. The GYA aims to elevate the voice of young scientists in evidence-informed and inclusive global, regional and national decision making. The vibrancy of this global community is a result of the energy of its members, who are passionate about the role of science in creating a better world.
The GYA has 200 members, comprised of passionate young scientists, typically 3-10 years after their PhD, between 30 to 40 years of age, and in the early stages of their independent academic careers. Members are selected for their scientific excellence and commitment to engage with society, and serve five-year terms. The GYA also has an engaged body of 366 alumni (as of 2022) spread around the globe. Members and alumni together represent 100 countries. The vision of the Global Young Academy (GYA) is science for all; science for the future, and its mission to give a voice to young scientists around the world.
Press release announcing the selection of the new cohort of GYA members: https://globalyoungacademy.net/welcome-new-members-2023/
What GYA members do
GYA members engage in working groups, strategic projects and collaborations with international partner organisations. These activities, all relevant to societal and scientific debate, are clustered into 4 thematic areas: Science and Society; GYA & the SDGs; Research Environment; and Science Education & Outreach. The GYA publishes statements on pressing global issues, trains young scientists in cross-cutting skills such as science advice and science communication, and provides a platform for blue-sky ideas to form and unfold.
The GYA also supports the establishment and coordination of National Young Academies (NYA) and similar initiatives on all continents. In connection with this, the GYA facilitates regular worldwide meetings of NYAs, and provides a tool-kit and advice on establishing an NYA.
More about the GYA: https://