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Roberta D'Alessandro appointed member of Global Young Academy

Professor Roberta D'Alessandro, from the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, has been appointed a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) from 20 January 2014. The GYA, consisting of 155 members, provides a rallying point for outstanding young scientists from around the world.

Global Young Academy

The GYA was founded by the IAP: the Global Network of Science Academies and the World Economic Forum. Members of the GYA come together to address topics of global importance and are passionate about the role of science in creating a better world. Members are elected based on the excellence of their science and their commitment to research. They are elected for four-year terms, after which they move to alumni status. All members are expected to actively contribute to the organisation's goals and activities. According to the GYA, they are at the vanguard of the international scientists movement and form a strong voice to impact global development for more effective science around the world. The GYA is developing a number of projects aimed at improving the effectiveness of science, including in developing countries, by building linkages between young scientists from different countries.

What D'Alessandro will be working on is still to be decided, but she will probably work on two of the existing projects: Research policies for women and Developing countries, Actions Against the Brain Drain. Apart from that, she would like to start two projects. The first would be about the EU and world research in the Humanities. The second would be more practical. She'd like to create a global guide for international researchers, an all-you-need-to-know to start working in a foreign country, for each country.

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