Exeter academic goes global

Exeter academic goes global

Dr Sabina Leonelli, Senior Lecturer at the Egenis research centre University of Exeter, has been chosen as one of 200 young scientists worldwide to make up the Global Young Academy.

The Global Young Academy (GYA) is an organisation which selects 200 top early-career scientists around the globe to identify and voice science-related issues of relevance to policy and society. According to the Academy, members are selected “for the excellence of their science and their commitment to service”. Members serve for a four-year term. “The vibrancy of the GYA results from the energy of its members who are passionate about the role of science in creating a better world.” the organisation says.

“I am honoured and excited,” said Sabina. “My hope is to go to the World Economic Forum annual meeting at Davos next year to discuss science policy in the digital age.”

“This is great news for Sabina, and for Egenis and the University,” said John Dupré, Director of Egenis. “To be selected as one of only 200 young scientists from around the world is a great honour, but it reflects Sabina’s tremendous dynamism and the importance of her work. It’s wonderful that Exeter is the home of one of the UK representatives on this global forum.”

As the “voice of young scientists around the world,” the Global Young Academy aims to empower young scientists, providing a rallying point for them to come together to address topics of global importance. The GYA grew out of discussions at the World Economic Forum “Summer Davos” meetings in 2008 and 2009 and was officially founded in February 2010 The group aims to provide new insights on major challenges in scientific capacity-building and science-based education, policy and international issues. Current working groups focus on Early Scientific Careers, Science-Society Dialogue, Science-Education, and Interdisciplinary Research.

Egenis, the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, based at the University of Exeter, carries out research into the impact of genetic technologies upon society.

  • For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Claire Packman, Egenis Communications Officer, 01392 725126.
  • Egenis, the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, carries out research into the impact of genetic technologies upon society. Egenis is part of theUniversityofExeter. http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/egenis/
  • More information about the GlobalYoungAcademycan be found at: http://www.globalyoungacademy.org/

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