Young Academies for Scientific Advice Structure (YASAS)

On 2nd of December 2020, standing delegates of European Young Academies joined the first General Assembly of YASAS: the Young Academies Science Advice Structure. After years of informal, yet constructive collaboration and knowledge exchange on topics of concern to early-career researchers, the initiative was taken to create a formal platform for cooperation of European Young Academies. 

YASAS is a collaboration of fifteen Young Academies (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Young Academy of Europe, Global Young Academy), and invites other European Young Academies to join its ranks. YASAS seeks to deepen the exchange between European Young Academies to strengthen the voice of young researchers in European science policy and science advice.

At the first GA, Dr. Jacek Kolanowski (Young Academy Poland) was elected YASAS President, with four YASAS Executive Board members: Dr. Maral Dadvar (Global Young Academy), Dr. Lukas Haffert (German Young Academy), Prof. Moniek Tromp (Young Academy of Europe), and Dr. Marie-José van Tol (Dutch Young Academy).

YASAS aims to contribute to the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism by joining the Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) project. Currently, SAPEA brings together five European science academy networks. YASAS aims to strengthen SAPEA and the delivery of science advice in Europe by joining as a sixth member network and by directly representing early-career academics. 

The Young Academy of Europe has played a key role in the initiation and set-up of YASAS, over the past few years. The YAE will also act as the legal representative of YASAS in SAPEA.

The Press Release can be found here.