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The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) of the International Council for Science (ICSU) is pleased to circulate the call to apply and join the 2018 Young Scientists community

Each year, the World Economic Forum honours 50 extraordinary scientists under the age of 40 for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering and technology. They are selected from all regions of the world and from a wide range of disciplines to join the Young Scientists community and benefit from a tailored programme that exposes them to policy and science leaders, decision-makers and entrepreneurs, and explores topics such as career development, mentoring, ethics, science communication etc. The World Economic Forum offers the Young Scientists continuous support through its academic and expert networks as well as engagement opportunities with its initiatives, while also supporting the community’s own projects.

As part of this experience, Young Scientists are also invited to participate alongside business and political leaders in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, at the end of June (dates to be confirmed). The event gathers more than 2’000 industry leaders, chief executives of top-ranked multinationals, heads of state/government and ministers, as well as leaders from media, academia and civil society to explore the influence of technological changes on global economic, political, societal and environmental challenges.

During the Meeting, Young Scientists are exposed to the World Economic Forum activities, benefit from a tailored programme, and are given the opportunity to meet with high-level policy leaders, entrepreneurs and science editors in an informal and intimate setting. The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is also an opportunity for them to raise public awareness by engaging with peers, non-scientists, as well as decision-makers.

Young Scientists are provided with accommodation and local transportation, and benefit not only from a private programme specifically designed for them but also from the full public programme.

If you’d like to be nominated by our organization, please send us your resume and contact information to Our institution will then nominate 6 candidates from Latin America – 3 women and 3 men – whose expertise, leadership and communication skills represent excellence.