7 March 2023 – Under the leadership of Menattallah Elserafy (Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt) the 53-member Selection Committee of the Global Young Academy (GYA) has finalised the selection of 41 new members to join the GYA in June 2023 for a tenure of five years. The GYA’s new member cohort includes representatives from 31 individual countries, covering all GYA general disciplines, and includes 16 females, 1 non-binary and 24 males.
In June 2023 when the new cohort is inducted, the gender ratio will be 104 female/93 male/2 non-binary/1 no information given. Such gender balance is a development that the GYA has been moving towards for the last few years and is a reflection of the excellent female/non-binary applicants to the GYA.
In addition to helping the GYA maintain its gender parity benchmarks, the new member cohort has increased GYA international representation by two countries. The newly added countries include Armenia and Palestine.
Among other activities, the GYA acts as a facilitator and convenor for the growing global network of National Young Academies (NYAs). The GYA is therefore delighted to see that a number of new members are also members of – or in leadership positions in – their respective country’s NYA.
The GYA is also pleased to welcome a number of Young Affiliates of The World Academy of Science (TWAS), Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), fellows of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) among the 2023 new member cohort.
Each of the new members’ applications was evaluated by at least three Selection Committee members in two successive rounds of reviews, and were scored, first and foremost, based on the excellence of their scientific research, as well as on their demonstrated societal engagement.
Please join the GYA in extending a very warm welcome to the following new members:
Alice Krozer, El Colegio de México, Mexico
Antonia Saktiawati, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Aram Simonyan, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Armenia
Armelle Tsamo Tontsa, University of Yaounde, Cameroon
Courtney Hill, National Academy of Engineering, United States
Cynthia Farid, Ergo Legal Counsel, Bangladesh
Dmitry Rudenko, Higher School of Economics, Russia
Elina Amadhila, University of Namibia, Namibia
Eric Isai Ameca Y Juarez, Beijing Normal University, China
Estrella Diaz Sanchez, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Flavio Alex de Oliveira Carvalhaes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Francesco Maurelli, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Godwin Anywar Upoki, Makerere University, Uganda
Hanjo Hamann, EBS University of Business and Law, Germany
Haruka Ono, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
Heather Armstrong, University of Manitoba, Canada
Hiba Baroud, Vanderbilt University, United States
Hoan Ngo, Seoul National University, South Korea
Houda Ennaceri, Murdoch University, Australia
Hugues Clotaire Nana Djeunga, Centre for Research on Filariasis and other Tropical Diseases (CRFilMT), Cameroon
Hussam Hussein, Royal Scientific Society (RSS), Jordan
Jan Frederik Gogarten, University of Greifswald, Germany
Jesse Gitaka, Mount Kenya University, Kenya
Jorge Rosales-Salas, Universidad Mayor, Chile
Keith Phiri, Lupane State University, Zimbabwe
Kyle Kirkup, University of Ottawa, Canada
Luisa Fernanda Echeverría-King, Corpración Universitaria Del Caribe (CECAR), Colombia
Mandira Lamichhane Dhimal, Policy Research Institute, Nepal
Maria Mercedes Caron, National University of Córdoba, Argentina
Mohammad Hosseini, Northwestern University, United States
Muhammad Qasim, Te Rangawairua o Paratene Ngata Research Centre Ngāti Porou Hauora, New Zealand
Muhammad Zaffar Hashmi, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan
Neema Mduma, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania
Nichole Lighthall, University of Central Florida, United States
Praveen Kumar, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
Ram Avtar, Hokkaido University, Japan
Rubén Dario Costa Riquelme, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Samer Saleem Abuzerr, University College of Science and Technology, Palestine
Shady Farah, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Udom Sae-Ueng, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Thailand
Wasim Sajjad, National University of Medical Sciences, Pakistan.
The new member cohort officially begins their five-year term during the GYA’s Annual General Meeting and International Conference of Young Scientists, which this year will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 5–9 June 2023. The conference programme, panel and speaker information can be found here: Annual International Conference of Young Scientists.
About the Global Young Academy
The vision of the GYA is science for all; science for the future, and its mission is to give a voice to young scientists and researchers around the world. The GYA, founded in 2010, is an independent science academy of 200 outstanding early- to mid-career researchers from six continents who are selected from across disciplines based on their academic excellence and commitment to engage with society. GYA members serve five-year terms, and the GYA presently counts members and alumni from 100 countries. The GYA administrative Office is publicly funded and hosted at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Contact person for the media
James Curtiss, Senior Communications Officer James.Curtiss@globalyoungacademy.net