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2nd Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies in Stockholm

Date: 16–18 November 2015
Venue: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
Hosts: The Global Young Academy and The Young Academy of Sweden
Supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (JRC)
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In November The Young Academy of Sweden together with The Global Young Academy Länk till annan webbplats. and The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster. look forward to welcoming representatives from Young Academies, initiatives and similar organizations from allover the world to Stockholm, Sweden.

During three days an intense exchange between Young Academies with the purpose to find new opportunities for cooperation will take place. The agenda for day two is “Scientific support for policy making in sustainable development: Joining forces”, where there will be round table dialogues between young scientists and policy-makers together with representatives of the EU and other experts on the role of science in sustainable development and the outcomes of the UN Summit in New York in September. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is co-organizer of this day.


2nd Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies

Registration open from 12.30

Coffee and drinks available upon arrival

Host of the day: Young Academy of Sweden, Anna Sjöström Douagi, CEO

13:00 Welcome!

Welcome on behalf of the organising Young Academies

Anna Sjöström Douagi, CEO, The Young Academy of Sweden (YAS)
Orakanoke Phanraksa,
Co-Chair, The Global Young Academy (GYA)

Welcome by the State Secretary for Higher Education and Research

Anders Lönn, State Secretary to the Minister for Higher Education and Research, Sweden

Welcome by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Göran Hansson, Permanent Secretary, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (RSAS)

13:30 Shaping the future of Young Academies

GYA report on the global development of national young academies, Eva Alisic, Co-Chair, GYA

13:45 Speed dating of established Young Academies (YAs) and YA initiatives

Led by The Young Academy of Sweden. Members meet in rotating pairs and have five minutes to draw up at least one joint project, or find common points of interest.

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 Breakout on topics determined by the participants

(Collected upon registration)

  1. Outreach and dialogue with the scientific community and society (Marie Wiberg,YAS) Room: Linnésalen
  2. Influencing national/international research policies including career paths for young reserachers (Martin Högbom, YAS) Room: Tornrummet
  3. Internationalization and networking between Young Academies (Eva Alisic, GYA) Room: Förmaket
  4. National Young Academies initiation, development, accreditation, funding, relationship with senior academies (Orakanoke Phanraksa, GYA) Room: Nobelrummet

16:30 Reporting back from the groups

17:10 Presentation of “The Global STEM Alliance”

Margaret Ceres, Executive Director, Membership, The New York Academy of Sciences

17:30 KEYNOTE LECTURE: “Global trends in health and economics” 
Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health

18:30 Joint transport to the City Hall

19:00 Reception at the Stockholm City Hall

The City of Scockholm (Stockholms stad) is hosting the event.


Joint conference “Scientific support for policy making in sustainable development: Joining forces”

Registration open from 08.30

Host of the day: JRC

09:00 Welcome address

Anna Sjöström Douagi, CEO, Young Academy of Sweden (YAS)
Eva Alisic, Co-Chair, Global Young Academy (GYA)
Ulla Engelmann,
Head of Unit, International, Interinstitutional and Stakeholder Relations, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

09:20 Session I – Scientific evidence to support the sustainable development goals (SDGs) setting the context

This year represents a critical one for the globe with the meeting of governments across the world to discuss on Sustainable Development Goals in New York and the Climate Change Agreement in Paris. Recognising that our world is one of emerging challenges and increasingly limited resources, evidence-informed policy making in sustainable development, is of outmost importance. The UN Summit of September 2015 provides a perfect opportunity for an active dialogue within the scientific community. How does the scientific community view the decisions of the September UN Summit in New York? What are the opportunities and threats for the goals' implementation? Where and how can science and technology support the implementation of the SDGs?

Moderated by Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, International, Interinstitutional and Stakeholder Relations, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Science as key enabler for sustainability

Peter Honeth, Swedish representative at the JRC Board of Governors, Former State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Research, Government of Sweden

Caroline Åberg, UNDP representative in Sweden

How can researchers and policy makers work together for a better future?
Maja Fjaestad
, State secretary to the Swedish Minister for Strategy and future issues

Planetary boundaries – A safe operating space for humanity 2015

Johan Rockström,Professor in Environmental Science, Director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre

11:00 Coffee break

11:20 Session II – Building on lessons learned – Expectations ahead

During this session, scientists will present concrete examples to show case best practise in channelling scientific evidence in support to the evaluation and monitoring of policies and actions aimed at achieving the sustainable development goals and share their expectations for the work ahead. Evidence-based support provides the tools to view the challenges under a systemic approach of balances and trade-offs and works towards the coherence of policies.

Moderated by Eleni Konsta, Directorate for Policy Support Coordination, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Part A. Thematic approach

Food and Nutrition Security

  • Food and Nutrition Security post-2015
    Voster Muchenje, South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)
  • Monitoring Agricultural Resources Unit
    Anne Claire Thomas, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre

Management of Resources for sustainable energy and climate mitigation

  • Meeting global energy needs in a sustainable way
    Noble Banadda, Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) and GYA
  • The ocean's data loggers of past climate and past marine environments
    Helena Filipsson, YAS
  • Land Resource Management Unit
    Emanuele Lugato, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, JRC

Part B. Systemic/cross-cutting approach

  • Where in the world do EU Aid funds go?
    Anjula Garg, Institute for Protection and Security of the Citizen, JRC
  • Overview of disaster risk assessment activities at the Joint Research Centre
    Daniele Erlich, Institute for Protection and Security of the Citizen, JRC

13:00 Lunch at Klubbvillan

14:00 Panel discussion: the way forward

The panel discussion will focus on drawing main conclusion on the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 outcomes, particularly regarding the role of scientific evidence and scientific support to the above discussed topics and how these outcomes would influence the way forward particularly in what regards the involvement of key partners.

Moderated by Karly Kehoe, member of GYA, co-chair of the Young Academy of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University

Kerstin Sahlin, Secretary General of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Swedish Research Council
Tiina Häyhä, on behalf of International Council for Science (ICSU), Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Michaela Saisana, Econometrics and Appplied Statistics, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Ivana Gadjanski, member, GYA and initiative for a National Young Academy in Serbia

15:00 Closing remarks

Camilla Svensson, Vice President, YAS
Eva Alisic
, Co-Chair, GYA
Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, International, Interinstitutional and Stakeholder Relations, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Guided tour of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science

Maria Asp, Archivist, Center for History of Science

16:15 End of Joint conference

2nd Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies (continuing)

16:15 Breakouts on regional cooperation between young academies or issues of regional concern

Africa (chair: Abidemi Akindele, GYA)
Asia (chair: Orakanoke Phanraksa, GYA)
Europe (chair: Camilla Svensson, YAS)

18:00 End meeting

18:20 Joint transport to the Nobel Museum

19:00 Joint dinner and guided tour at the Nobel Museum

18 November

Host of the day: Global Young Academy, Heidi Wedel, Managing Director

09:00 Presentation of successful formats and activities

Participating Young Academies present and share good examples

  • Indonesia
  • South Africa
  • Pakistan
  • Global Young Academy
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands

10.00 Coffee and group discussions on ways to collaborate

Group 1 chair: Eva Alisic (GYA) Room: Linnésalen
Group 2 chair: Orakanoke Phanraksa (GYA) Room: Nobelrummet
Group 3 chair: Christian Broberger (YAS) Room: Styrelserummet

11.00 Future cooperation between young academies tools and structures

Discussion, conclusions and steps to be taken

Chairs: Eva Alisic (GYA) and Christian Broberger (YAS)
Input from the regional outbreaks: Orakanoke Phanraksa (GYA) and Abidemi Akindele (GYA)

12.30 Lunch at Gamla Orangeriet

14.00 Departure

The Global Young Academy and the Young Academy of Sweden would like to thank their sponsors:

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The first world wide meeting for young academies

Global meeting for young academies 2012

The first meeting for young academies world wide was held in Amsterdam 2012, co-organized by the Global Young Academy and the Dutch Young Academy. 

In 2012 the “Shaping the Future of Young Academies” symposium were held in Amsterdam co-organized by Global Young Academy and the Dutch Young Academy. The symposium brought together nearly all existing young academies from Europe, Africa and Asia, and many growing initiatives to establish National Young Academies (NYA). 57 participants representing 31 NYA and initiatives met to exchange ideas and discuss possibilities for collaborations. They agreed on a follow-up meeting in about 2 years with regional meetings and/or exchange in probably all three continents in between. GYA and DJA made the results Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster. of the meeting accessible to the growing international Young Academy Movement.

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