AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future
When I arrived at my first AGYA General Assembly in 2014, I immediately felt welcome. There is something special about the environment the academy fosters that highly motivates its members to work towards common values and visions. For me, AGYA was a place to develop new skills and establish collaborative interdisciplinary projects. I enjoyed making contact with young academics outside my research field and discussing topics as a microbiologist with, for instance, sociologists, hydrologists, political scientists and historians.
AGYA provides the opportunity to meet young, highly motivated scientists and the chance to realize your most creative ideas laying foundations for ambitious project plans. But it is also a place to make new friends!
My favorite project was a joint review article on salt-tolerant plants as a potential source of bioenergy. The article also resulted in a science comic and a method article on the development of such comics. The topic generated outreach and led to the presentation of our technique at conferences and on blogs and webinars. Through this project, we developed the character of the science jinn that has since become a kind of honorary member of the academy.
- My Commitment to AGYA
- Former Member in Charge of the Working Group Energy Water & Environment
My advice to future AGYA members
Be curious and take the chance to connect and work on interesting and interdisciplinary projects that are completely based on your own ideas.
On a personal note
Must read in my discipline:
The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong
Und Marx stand still in Darwins Garten by Ilona Jerger
The scientist from my country you should know:
Alexander von Humboldt