Dear members and alumni,

The Annual General Meeting 2018 (AGM) is just around the corner. Have you registered yet or are you looking at making arrangements for your attendance? The Office might be able to assist you in terms of funding so please do not hesitate to ask.

To help you prepare for the AGM you will receive information about the meeting, the GYA, Thailand, etc. This is the first emailing of your AGM News Ticker. Should you miss an issue or wish to read back, please do check the AGM 2018 website. The News Ticker Box will list the most recent mailings, and link you to a complete list of them.

Have you applied for a visa? Remember to check your country of residence’s regulations about traveling to Thailand. If you need further assistance, and from the Office will do their best to help.

Registration ends on 19 March 2018.

So let’s get started, shall we?

GYA? AGM? What’s it all about?

The Global Young Academy (GYA) is a network of young scientists from well over 80 countries. We mobilise new talent from six contents and empower those young researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational dialogue.

This means the GYA brings together its members however we can. We help you create interest-based, collaborative groups, provide means for easy communication (internet platform, emails, etc.), aid the aforementioned groups in their endeavours to publish their findings and then bring them to the right places (NEF, ESOF, etc.).

The AGM is the main annual event of the GYA. A huge part of it is a large working meeting: All members gather once a year in order to discuss the future of the GYA (election of the GYA’s governing bodies etc.) as well as come together in their working groups to set new milestones and possibly report on their activities over the past year. This constitutes the internal part of the AGM, whereas the external part is the topical conference which is open to our partners with interdisciplinary panels, TED-style presentations and workshops.

Who’s organising it?

You’ve certainly heard the abbreviations LOC and POC floating around. LOC stands for Local Organising Committee. They’re the group of people on site and liaise with the hotel and other local authorities and institutions to ensure the AGM runs as planned.

The POC is the Programme Committee comprising members of the GYA who are responsible for what you’ll end up finding on the AGM’s programme.

Find a list of the people organising this year’s AGM – complete with links to their website profiles for easy contact – posted here. Want to take a look at the programme? Check the AGM Microsite here, where you’ll find a link to the latest version of this year’s AGM programme.

Don’t forget to pack your …

Check the news entries posted in the Don’t forget to pack category.

Visiting Thailand for the first time?

Check the news entries posted in the Travel category for all traveling tips on Thailand.

A word of advice from fellow members.

Eva Alisic (Outgoing):
Eva Alisic is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia, where she leads the Trauma Recovery Lab. Her background includes both psychology and human resource studies, and she is currently a visiting scholar at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. Her tenure as a member began in 2013, and she will be outgoing this year, switching to Alumna status. She was Co-Chair in 2014/2015.

Two years ago I was in South-Africa to help with the second edition of the Africa Science Leadership Program. It’s a program to build leadership capacity in Africa and to shape the science system. The fellows came from around the continent. Angola, Egypt, Kenia, Nigeria, Mauritius. Many of them have big plans. A meteorite scientist from Morocco wants to set up an African Space Agency. You can’t say that that’s not a vision.

It was not the first time I was in South-Africa, or with the ASLP, but this time the conversations I had, they caused a whirlwind in my head. They made me realize that I needed to change research direction, focus more on big problems such as the wellbeing of people who are on the move. I’m a psychologist and I work on how people cope with traumatic experiences, especially young people. But I had done that mostly in highly resourced areas. There is still work to do there, but these are marginal improvements in comparison. So I changed direction and have since focused on the most vulnerable children and young people.

My shift in direction is credit to the GYA. This organization does make change happen, starting on a very personal level.

For that to happen, it also needs your personal investment. Make full use of the annual meeting for example: make sure to meet new faces, and have conversations with people who come from another continent, study different things than you, and speak a different language. Start conversations with people you haven’t spoken with, during the breaks, at lunch. Or in the evening. I’ll repeat what several of the previous co-chairs said: “Get stuck in. Write that opinion piece here together, get that activity organized. Sleep is for the plane ride home.”

Cross those boundaries, connect, work together. That is where novel ideas develop and where your life gets changed.

I wish you a fantastic time at the GYA and a wonderful first meeting in Thailand, enjoy.

Thank you, Eva!

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See you in Thailand!