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Along with the rest of world we have been adjusting to a new reality brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful that all of our alumni YoSA students are safe and well in their respective countries. The 62nd London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) which was due to take place this summer has been postponed to next July, but we are pleased to confirm that the stellar line up of speakersannounced in our last newsletter will be contributing to the 2021 event.
We are using this time to expand our network of African partners with whom we collaborate to identify and select talented young scientists who will benefit from our scholarships in the future. We are currently in discussions with:
We are also staying connected with our YoSA alumni students as they continue their journeys in science. Christa from Rwanda was awarded a YoSA scholarship to attend LIYSF in 2017 and whilst there was inspired bya chemistry lecture and a visit to the Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute to pursue a career in the health sector. She completed a degree in pharmacy and started work at a Rwandan pharmaceutical company. Christa was invited back to LIYSF in 2018 and 2019 as a staff member and the management skills she acquired resulted in a promotion to COO of her company, sharing what she had learnt as examples of best practice for colleagues. She has also returned to university to study for a Master’s in Business Administration and will graduate later this year.
Now more than ever we need a diverse community of scientists to address the global challenges we face. Thank you for helping us support young African scientists to achieve their potential in changing the world.
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