Dr. Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri, Head of BIOTEC Microarray Laboratory, was elected to be one of the founding co-Chairs of the Global Young Academy (GYA), established in Berlin in February 2010 where 40 young scientists from more than 20 nations convened.
It started off when Nitsara was among 43 young scientists selected worldwide by the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP) to participate in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2008 (“Summer Davos” in Asia) held in September 2008 in Tianjin, China. The following year in Dalian, she was invited back to the meeting as one of the seven young mentors. In these Summer Davos meetings, Nitsara and other young scientists participated in workshops with the World Economic Forum’s community of business entrepreneurs, investors and technologists, aiming at creating international and interdisciplinary partnerships to promote excellence in scientific research and early career development for young scientists. Also spawned from Summer Davos was the concept of forum for young scientists, which later materialized into the Global Young Academy (GYA) at the meeting in Berlin in February of this year.
The GYA is set to be "the voice of young scientists around the world" and committed to improving scientific research and the experience of young scientists in the 21st century. Currently holding around 100 members, the GYA aims to expand its membership to 200. Co-chairing the GYA with Nitsara is Prof. Gregory Weiss of the University of California, Irvine, who played an integral role in creating the Global Young Academy. The founding members of GYA recently published an editorial on "Empowering Young Scientists" in Science Magazine. For more information on GYA, please visit this website: http://globalyoungacademy.org/.
Posted on 12 April 2010.