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Psychologist joins the Young Academy
Dr Rob Jenkins, a Chartered Psychologist from the University of Glasgow's School of Psychology, has been selected for membership of the Global Young Academy (GYA). His notification letter speaks of his “outstanding track record as a successful scientist” and “commitment to improve the situation for young scientists around the world”.
The 172 members of the GYA, which describes itself as the voice of young scientists around the world, include leading young scientists from 54 countries and all continents. Four of the current members are based in the UK, and Rob Jenkins is the first British psychologist to be elected.
The GYA works to impact global science policy by promoting National Young Academies (NYAs) around the world. The GYA has contributed to the formation of NYAs in Egypt, the Philippines, Japan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria and Israel.
It is developing a number of projects aimed at improving the effectiveness of science, including in developing countries, by building links between young scientists from different countries. GYA members believe strongly that scientists need to do more to contribute to society than simply advance their individual research agendas. For example, members are pursuing science education and outreach at schools and universities in their home countries or in the countries of other members.
Dr Jenkins recently received considerable media coverage for his work on why people miss medical appointments.
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