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ALYS Board 2022

Pirmdiena, 28. Marts, 2022

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, ALYS elected a new board, which now consists of Eduards Baķis, Ilze Elbere, Matīss Reinfelds, Liene Spruženiece, Antra Boča.

We are grateful to the previous board members Laura Bužinska, Kārlis Pleiko and the chair of the board Miķelis Grīviņš, for their leadership and active involvement in building a better science environment in Latvia.

We wish the new board success!

The Association of Latvian Young Scientists (ALYS; LJZA in Latvian) strongly condemns the brutal and ungrounded Russian invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, and stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

In support of Ukraine’s scientists who might have to flee the country, we urge Latvian science institutions to consider inviting Ukrainian scientists to continue their work in Latvia. It is critical that the Ukrainian scientists do not to lose their careers and collabortive networks, and that the Ukrainian name remains in the international science community. We also suggest that the funding for the Latvian-Ukrainian science and technology collaboration programme be diverted towards Ukrainian scientists who want to continue their research in Latvia until the situation in Ukraine changes for the better.

ALYS urges the Latvian and international science communities to cease all collaborations and activities with Russian scientists and institutions that have not clearly condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine. This includes but is not limited to serving on editorial boards of Russian science journals, reviewing manuscripts, attending events organised in and by Russian institutions, submitting collaborative project applications or joint publications. In addition, we call for the same principles to be applied to Belarus as its government has supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian scientific community is not to be blamed for the actions of President Putin. We understand that many of them have kept out of politics as voicing a critical opinion of the Russian government can cost their careers. However, the current attack on a sovereign country and the rhetoric of Putin do not leave room for neutrality anymore. The international scientific community cannot and must not tolerate support for aggressors.

A new report from the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) – the global network of over 140 science, engineering and medical academies – is designed to mobilise its members and the growing number of young academies around the world to engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) more effectively. The report is the culmination of a three-year project, Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This project has explored some of the pathways for feeding science into the SDGs and ways in which IAP and its members can contribute more effectively at global, regional and national levels.

Read more.

YS-ISI 2019 aims to bring together early career statisticians who are attending the ISI WSC 2019. The workshop will offer opportunities to discuss ways of improving access to knowledge, share experiences, and promote scientific and professional collaborations. The workshop will be held at Sasana Kijang Bank Negara Malaysia on 18 August 2019, preceding the ISI WSC 2019. Tentative schedule and further details are available on the YS-ISI2019 website.

Association of Latvian Young Scientists
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