The conference “Empowering the Next Generation of Scientists in Africa” took place from 24 to 26 October 2016 in Mauritius. It aimed to bring together representatives from all existing National Young Academies (NYAs) in Africa, as well as NYA Initiatives and young scientists from the other countries in the NASAC network together with the NASAC member academies. The meeting was organised by the Global Young Academy with support from the University of Mauritius and The Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology and was funded by Robert Bosch Foundation.
The 2nd Africa Young Academies Regional Conference helped to generate the momentum, the relationships and networks necessary to stimulate the formation of new NYAs in Africa over the next years, in addition to discussing the effective contribution of NYAs to African development. The main objective of this conference was to engage and empower excellent young researchers from across Africa to address the challenges that impede scientific development towards a sustainable future for the region.
Key issues that were discussed in break-out sessions during the conference included
- Challenges for the NYA movement
- Promoting the relationship between the senior and young academies
- Promoting diaspora engagement
- Women in science
- Communicable diseases in Africa as significant area of work for NYAs
One significant outlook is the adaptation of the NYA blueprint with advice and support for the foundation of a National Young Academy specifically for African NYAs.
The comprehensive conference report, including an outlook to the third meeting of African Young Academies in October 2018 in Egypt, can be found here. The 3rd Africa Young Academies Regional Conference will be jointly organised by the GYA, the Egyptian Young Academy of Sciences (EYAS), and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) of Egypt.
As an initial follow-up to the conference, the core conference reporting team, headed by Global Young Academy member Dr. Abdeslam Badre issued an Initial GYA Statement to the conference reflecting the outcome and outlook of the 2nd Africa Young Academies Regional Conference.