Image of the official logo of the 8th International Conference of Young Scientists and GYA Annual General Meeting. 7 to 11 May 2018 in Pattaya, Thailand. Forever Young?  Sustainable and healthy longevity through science and technology

The annual conference of the Global Young Academy in 2018 addresses the pressing issue, worldwide, of healthy aging. This theme ties in closely with the sustainable development goals focusing on good health and well-being, as well as those related to hunger, water, sanitation, responsible production and consumption, and stable, peaceful and sustainable cities and communities.

In some countries, there is a continuous rise in births and significant recent improvements in maternal-child health, leading to situations where there may be up to five generations still alive and living as one family. In other countries, the median age of the population is rising, due to low birth rates and people living longer lives. This increased longevity both results in, and is the result of, a number of social, economic and political effects involving family structures and caregiving, mobility, housing and health needs, to name but a few drivers.

These demographic shifts raise a number of questions:

  • How are scientific advances and technological developments implicated in healthy aging? What technological and social innovations do we require in the future, and what role should science play in meeting these challenges?
  • How are different communities, countries, cultures and organizations responding to these changing demographics? Which, if any, changes to political and social structures are needed to address these challenges?
  • How do the different generations interact with and influence each other, and society at large?
  • How do the changing demographics interface with urbanization and the dynamics in rural areas? How do we build cities and infrastructures that address the needs of both the young and old?
  • What values should guide research and policy decisions? Is there a tradeoff between longevity and sustainable resource management?
  • How can healthy aging challenges be correlated with broader questions about sustainability, environment protection, poverty and social justice?

Addressing these questions will generate new and valuable insights, by bringing together experts from different disciplines, across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Holding the GYA Conference and AGM in Thailand will additionally provide a platform for scientific exchange and discourse within the national context of Thailand and the regional contexts of the ASEAN and Asian nations. Through discussions and networking of participants in this conference, we aim to contribute to the generation of sustainable development projects in Thailand, the ASEAN region, and globally, that addresses the issues and concerns related to healthy aging.

Participation is by invitation only.

Programme Overview


Pre-Conference – 6 – 7 May 2018 – Science Leadership Workshop for New GYA Members

Day 0, 7 May 2018 – Arrival; EC in-person meeting; Optional WG workshops in afternoon

Day 1, 8 May 2018 – Internal GYA day – Introduction; Working Group Fair; GYA in the past year

Day 2, 9 May 2018 – Public day – Panel I – Individual and medical aspects; Panel II – Social aspects

Day 3, 10 May 2018 – Public day – Keynote talk Prof Harald zur Hausen; Panel III – environmental aspects

Day 4, 11 May 2018 – Internal GYA day – Working Group outlook; Conference statement; Future of the GYA

Post-Conference – 12 May 2018 – Optional (self-funded) Excursion to Bangkok


This AGM and Conference would not be possible without financial support provided by these organisations:

The Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)

Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS)


Office of Higher Education Commission

National Science and Technology Innovation Policy Office (STI)

The Siam Cement Public Company Limited

PTT Global Chemical Public Co., Ltd. (PTTGC)

National Science Museum


Pattaya City


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Burroughs Wellcome Fund


The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina


The Global Young Academy also gratefully acknowledges the core funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.