GYA Working Groups present

GYA Working Groups present


Throughout the GYA's Annual General Meeting from 1 - 4 June, many GYA working groups will present on their ongoing projects in online sessions open to the public. Registration for the International Conference will also enable access to the following sessions:

Tuesday, 01 June 2021


07:00 - 07:45 UTC - Science diplomacy for trust building

Science Diplomacy in South Asia Working Group

Moderators: Anindita Bhadra and Shabana Khan

This session will include two short talks on 1. Science diplomacy for building trust among nations and 2. career opportunities in science diplomacy. A brief report on the activities of the group will be presented.


09:00 - 09:45 UTC - Survey of different meanings of experiments accross the GYA

Critical Experiments Incubator Group

Moderators: William Godsoe

Short videos by GYA members on "what experiments mean for their research" will be presented in this session, followed by time for Q&A and discussion. 


09:45 - 10:30 UTC - Virtual Missions under YSAP: A New Normal

Young Scientists Ambassador Programme (YSAP) Working Group

Moderators: David Fernandez Rivas and Chandra Shekhar Sharma

Two electronic missions executed over the last year resulted in positive experiences. This session discusses the work of YSAP and invites other GYA members to apply for this 'comfortable' way to collaborate from home.

GYA Working Groups present

Thursday, 03 June 2021


15:00 - 15:45 UTC - The COVID-19 Pandemic and Art

2020/21 Interdisciplinary Grant Project Group

Moderator: Stefan Kohler and Andreea Molnar

A panel discussion will be held after short inputs from GYA members involved in the project: Anna Harris, Cristina Blanco Sío-López, Sergey Kostyrko and Bach Tran.


15:45 - 16:30 UTC - Science and Arts: Dialogues between languages of the mind

Science + Art = Peace + Justice (SAPJ) Working Group

Moderators: Cristina Blanco Sío-López and Sergey Kostyrko

This session will address various potential benefits of science-art projects, including to communicate complex scientific ideas to a general public and in turn, inspire artists through exposure to scientific methods. Less obvious links related to the creativity process will also be discussed. Is there a difference between creative approaches in science and art? Is it true that art and science are driven by different ways of thinking? Can scientific creativity be learned from the artistic practices? Some of these question will be discussed during the session in the context of the projects which were recently developed by the SAPJ WG members.


16:30 - 17:15 UTC - Positive aspects of the pandemic: seeing the glass as half full

Women in Science Working Group

Moderators: Nafissa Ismail and Menattallah Elserafy

Although this session will discuss mainly how the pandemic has affected us positively, it will begin with just a brief introduction of the negative aspects as well. In addition, the session will discuss the issue of “Trust in Women Scientists” (reflecting on how the pandemic unleashed the potential of women and their ability to cope despite all the responsibilities).

GYA Working Groups present

Friday, 04 June 2021


09:00 - 10:30 UTC - How might we scientists harmonise reason with sensibility?

Harmonising Reason with Sensibility Focus Group

Moderator: Yoko Shimpuku

The aim of this double-session is to introduce the novel topic "harmonising reason with sensibility" and to ask participants to think about the topic from their own perspective in small group discussions. This GYA Focus Group has been working together since the 2020 AGM and will use these discussions to shape the topic of the 2022 GYA International Conference of Young Scientists, planned to take place in Japan.


12:00 - 12:45 UTC - Climate change, human trafficking, migration and food security

Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group

Moderator: Shabana Khan

This session will highlight and discuss how climate change related disasters impact negatively on people’s means of livelihood, which in turn can lead to poverty, migration, conflict and displacement. Many internally displaced persons see irregular migration as the only feasible choice to getting an alternative means of livelihood. They may seek the help of human smugglers, often ending up becoming victims of human trafficking. People are also trafficked in order to channel them into exploitive forms of labour. The trafficked person is usually economically poor, and they will accept and tolerate any kind of labour, as long as they are paid. Climate change related disasters like cyclones, floods, and droughts evidently affect human mobility - inducing high-risk migration. These incidents of human trafficking in the wake of sudden climate related disasters demonstrate the necessity for a planned response to address this cross-cutting issue. We need to understand the wider implications of migration and human trafficking of people due to climate change impacts on food and livelihoods.


13:45 - 14:30 UTC - Global perspectives on anti-discrimination in science

Adressing systemic discrimination Focus Group

Moderators: Shalini Arya and Vanessa Schweizer

This session consists in a panel discussion on the global view of anti-discrimination efforts from GYA members. The Focus Group will also introduce tools that have been collected to help young scientists adopt anti-discrimination practices.