An honour and privilege, Dr. Jane Yau joins the Global Young Academy as a Young Scientist member, starting in June 2022 and serving a five-year term. As a passionate and dedicated researcher in Mobile Learning and Educational Technologies since 2003, this membership gives Jane the opportunity to align her research efforts and collaboratively with the other members of the Academy to (1) help tackle the current global educational crisis with school closures; (2) bridge the digital, educational, and curriculum gaps and (3) support the development of young scientists into science leaders of the future. Jane’s vision for improving the state of the sciences/research and the situation of young scientists/scholars worldwide is:

There needs to be a more balanced proportion of young female and male scientists (under 20) to act as role models for children and youth, to get them interested, inspired and be involved in STEM education and activities. This is extremely important in order to drive innovation, diversity and inclusion in today’s globalized world and for everyone to act together to solve the challenges of the 21st century – creating a more just and sustainable world”.

Jane envisions the following:

1. More peer support for young scholars as well as leaders worldwide in order to compensate and overcome the challenging aspects of progressing through the demanding and strenuous career journeys.

2. More multicultural inter/multidisciplinary teams to be created and forces joined together to tackle and make impactful contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

3. More opportunities, in the form of awards or scholarships, to be given to scientists in order for them to continuously develop their research and professional competences, so that they remain motivated and productive in the research domain, in the search of scientific breakthroughs.

4. More public scientific events especially in developing countries and more opportunities provided for minority groups to be able to participate, engage, contribute, lead and in order to act as role models, serve as catalysts for change, and to increase significantly the proportion of under-represented people having access to lifelong quality education in the 21st century.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” (African Proverb).

Every step you take brings you closer to your dreams”.

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