Palestine Young Academy (PYA) participated in the second online meeting of Young Academies from around the world took place on 30 September 2021. The meeting was organized by Global young Academy (GYA) and is the largest gathering of young academies so far, with more than 70 representatives from 50 young academies and initiatives.
PYA was represented by both Dr. Sandy Lama, PYA Chairwoman, and Dr. Hazem Elbaz, Co-founder of PYA. The meeting offered a great opportunity for young academy representatives to exchange experiences as well as to discuss successful young academy activities and common challenges.
In the meeting, they focused on young academies’ challenges and on opportunities for collaboration. Questions about the role of young academies in each country, their contributions and ways to become more active, effective and visible were discussed, as were issues of funding and of collaborating with established science academies and other stakeholders.
Another issue of discussion was how young academies should and could tackle the post-pandemic world, and what were lessons learned. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted differences between the various world regions, but has also resulted in young academies being more engaged in (national) science and policy arenas.
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Largest-ever online meeting of Young Academies | Global Young Academy