We are delighted to announce that the YAE will be widely represented at this year’s EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) conference. The biennial ESOF conference is the largest interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe, for and with society.

Gemma Modinos, YAE Chair, will give an invited keynote address on Friday 15 July at 15:00-16:00 (CEST) on the Main stage (Stadsgehoorzaal) in Leiden (also online), titled “Sustainable Academic Careers: Young Scholars’ Perspective”.

Furthermore, the YAE has two accepted sessions in this year’s programme.

Out of 300 submitted proposals for ESOF2022, the a sesssion on Research Precarity initiated by the Science Outreach Task Force of YAE and led by Noel de Miranda and Katalin Solymosi was accepted. The session will be organized jointly with the Young Academy Leiden and the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICRSA). The session is entitled “New radical career paths for researchers – breaking the existing norm of short-term contracts leading to precarity and will take place on Saturday, 16th July, from 9:45 am – 11:00 am in Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG) in Leiden (but also online). The YAE will be represented by Anna Kuppuswamy (selection committee vice-chair of the YAE). The panel aims to initiate and continue discussions on how to reinvent academic careers such that we can support a healthy and sustainable academic system.

Furthermore, along with Academia Europaea Cardiff Hub and CALIPER, the YAE is also involved in another ESOF2022 panel entitled “The Chair: Fact or Fiction? Addressing the challenges faced by women leaders in academia” which will take place on Saturday, 16th July at 14:15-15:30 CEST online. Moniek Tromp (vice-chair of YAE) is one of the panellists, with Gemma Modinos (chair of YAE) chairing the session. The proposal was developed by Mangala Srinivas (previous chair of YAE, CALIPER), Katalin Solymosi (YAE), Juliet Davies and Louise Edwards (AE Cardiff Hub) and will feature discussion on how to create a brighter future for women aspiring to fulfilling academic careers and leadership positions, as well as an effective work-life balance. A keynote will be delivered by Susanne Täuber for the University of Groningen. You can find more information on this session on the AE Cardiff Knowledge Hub website following this link.

ESOF is an excellent conference and we look forward to having a large YAE representation. We therefore strongly encourage you to register to attend. More details on the event, programme and registrations can be found on the ESOF website: https://www.esof.eu/