Dear members and alumni,

In just over a month we’ll be headed to Pattaya! It is going to be an amazing conference, and so many of the members are coming. Here at the Office, we’re all excited to meet everyone. Have you booked your flights already? Have you registered (registration closed yesterday 25 March). Should you have forgotten to fill in the form and let us know you’re coming, then please contact at the Office as soon as possible.

Anyway, onto this week’s mailing. To help you further prepare for the AGM, we’ve compiled a few items on what the Office actually does and how it serves GYA members. This is followed by information about the Intranet, how the Media Office can help you, and further tips on traveling.  Enjoy!

The role of the GYA Office at the AGM and in general

The GYA Office currently comprises nine employees, led by our Managing Director, Beate Wagner. We are your first contact point with any questions, news or ideas. We can aid you in setting up activities such as Working Groups, figuring out travel arrangements for events of any kind, and in general, providing assistance with anything regarding publishing reports or news.

At the AGM, the Office’s role remains just that: we are there to help you with whatever question may arise. Each of the office employees has their specialised field (see the team page for further info). Jennifer is the in-office project manager for the AGM and will be the first liaison with the LOC on site. Franziska will aid her at Pattaya with the overall smooth-running of the meeting – she is also your best bet with questions about all things membership. Anything regarding Working Groups and their management as well as the network of national young academies you can direct towards Anna. Jim, as our Press Officer, will help with issues relating to publishing articles or reports. Kirsten, in her capacity as the Media Officer, can assist with questions regarding the website and intranet as well as further issues with the technical issues of our GYA-based communication channels. Kevin, the Media Office Assistant, is the go-to person for the streaming sessions at the AGM as well as remote participation.


What about the Media Office in particular? AKA getting your intranet details, and who to contact for trouble-shooting

Let’s get started with the Intranet Details. Did you know that you can log into the GYA website? It has an intranet section for our members only. Right here is the start page: Intranet. The newly-selected members have recently received their access data to the GYA website and intranet – as did every other member who’s been a member. If you have lost your details contact us to retrieve them, we will gladly help. Part of your user account on the GYA website is the personal profile and the option to find and contact other members from the same geographical regions, fields of research or other common interests.

A personal profile, you ask? Yes! There is an entire page dedicated to you, your biography, research and current activities. Would you like to find out what is currently posted about you on the website? Then head to the members page ( and type your name into the search bar to find your profile. The profile, if outdated, can be updated through the intranet. Login with the details you have, then click on “My Account” in the top navigation bar and click “Edit Profile”.

If you are experiencing problems at login, or with navigating your way around, you can contact our media office at . We will gladly help you recover your login data, or assist with further information on how to check and update your profile.

Now that we have that out of the way, the Media Office by now includes three people. There’s Jim (Press Officer), Kirsten (Media Officer) and Kevin (Media Office Assistant). Instead of defining who does what, the best idea is to simply contact – all three receive the email, and depending what your question is about, the one in charge will respond.

Conference Calls

Here’s a list of the ongoing conference calls for the AGM in May. Click on the link for all details on how you can become involved and who to contact for it.

  • Have your say at the AGM! Help decide what’s put onto the agenda for the internal AGM sessions. Check the call here for further info. Running until 7 April.
  • Presentation Coaching: Learn how to improve your presentation skills. Check the call here.
  • Outreach Program: Call closed (deadline has passed).

All calls posted here.

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.

Elvan Ceyhan (Outgoing) : Elvan Ceyhan, born in Turkey, received his undergraduate education with a BS in Mathematics at Koç University (KU), Istanbul, and furthered his studies in Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the United States. In 2011, he was subsequently promoted to an associate professorship at KU. He has (co)authored more than 30 journal articles, gave numerous invited talks and presentations. Very successful in his field of work, he has been a member of GYA since December 2012.

I have been privileged to be a member of this young and thriving academy (no pun intended) for the last five years. I had met new people in different walks of life and in different research fields, participated in various working groups, actively in some and not so in others in the first few years of membership. However, I have not been as active as I wanted or intended in the last two years due to various non-academic reasons; so, looking back, I wish I could have attended more AGMs and participated in the working groups in a more productive manner. GYA has great potential and I believe it is on its way to achieve this. I would thank the staff, administration and EC for their efforts in running the academy smoothly and effectively.

Federico Rosei (Outgoing): Federico Rosei is professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, Varennes (QC) Canada. He received his MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1996 and 2001, respectively. Very successful in the field of Physics, he has received several awards, including the Brian Ives lectureship award from ASM international / Canada Council (2013), the Award for Excellence in Materials Chemistry from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2014) and the NSERC EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship (2014). He has been a member since 2013.

I enjoyed my activities in the GYA, and in particular the four meetings (Halle, Santiago, Montebello (for which I was one of the co-chairs) and Eindhoven).
Perhaps my greatest personal regret was not being able to attend the meeting in Scotland last year. […] My positives [are that I] made good friends and extended my network.

Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo (1st Year): Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo, scientist in the field of applied linguistics, is a senior lecturer in linguistics and Chairman of Department of Language and Communication Studies at the Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Presently, his research focuses on early literacies practices and environments that preschool children are exposed to in western Kenya and how such exposure impacts on their literacy development at their onset of schooling. He has been a GYA member since 2017.

My one year in GYA has greatly enriched my intellectual and professional comportment and has enabled me to scale greater heights in my pursuit for professional growth and excellence. The sheer intellectual, cultural and disciplinary diversity within the GYA makes it a truly prestigious global academy.

Thank you!

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If you have any questions about this email or its content (or can think of something we should definitely remind other members of for their travel preparations), please send an email to .

See you in Thailand!