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ASEAN Online Collaborative Platform

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In recognition of the need to harness the talent and drive of young ASEAN researchers to successfully implement the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) 2016-2025, the ASEAN Yong Scientists Network (ASEAN YSN) was approved by COST at the 74th meeting on the 10-11th of May 2018. The ASEANN YSN is the official ASEAN platform for the young scientific (including social science, arts and humanities) community to advance science in ASEAN. The challenge is now to ensure that young scientists from all 10 members states are represented in the formative years of the shaping of the network’s trajectory. The successfully inclusive representation of all member states in this network is essential in ensuring the cohesive and balanced capacity building in scientific leadership and excellence across the region; harnessing the rich diversity that exists within ASEAN and ensure that all member states benefit from ASEAN YSN.

ASEAN future research competitiveness requires greater empowerment of young ASEAN researchers as leaders who can champion their national research and innovation agenda. There needs to be greater cohesion and collaboration between young researchers from various ASEAN member states to shape a collective regional research and innovation agenda that will also enhance the impact of existing ASEAN initiatives. As a platform to engage, train and empower a new generation of ASEAN Young Leaders who will champion ASEAN scientific progress; the ASEAN YSN will enhance the interactions and collaborations among young scientists; especially in areas that are pertinent to ASEAN. In recognition f the unequal access to R&D resources across the region, ASEAN YSN encourages the sharing and optimizing of research resources among ASEAN members states to minimize redundancy and maximize efficiency. As such, the network will also accelerate the process of focusing priority research areas to tackle regional problems by co-developing common goals set by young scientists from ASEAN state members While science excellence in ASEAN will be championed, research integrity will be embedded as a cornerstone to research excellence and progress in ASEAN. As the voice of young scientists in the region, the ASEAN YSN will also be critical in improving the dissemination of research information, updates and opportunities amongst ASEAN researchers; improving the reach of ASEAN to key stakeholders across the region.

The ASEAN Young Scientists network (ASEAN YSN) seeks to create a platform to engage, train and empower a new generation of ASEAN Young Leaders who will Champion ASEAN scientific progress. The ASEAN YSN is the official ASEAN platform for the young scientific community to advance science in ASEAN. ASEAN YSN will contribute towards greater research competitiveness through the:

a) Empowerment of young ASEAN researchers as leaders who can champion their national research and innovation agenda.

b) Cohesion and collaboration between young researchers from various ASEAN member states to shape a collective future-focussed research and innovation agenda.

c) Consolidation and enhancement of impact of existing ASEAN initiatives.

The speed and quality of the development of science capacity in ASEAN and the rest of the developing world depends not only on infrastructure and the technical training of people, but is intimately linked to the quality of leadership to lead change. It is widely accepted that the future of scientific development lies in enabling interdisciplinary, interconnected and often large, international teams.

Training structures are, however, often not set up to prepare a next generation of scientists for the complexities that an interconnected, interdisciplinary approach to science entails. There is an internationally emerging paradigm that recognises that the focus on individual leadership is often inadequate to address complex challenges, which require skills across many sectors and collaborative processes. The ASEAN SLP therefore focuses on developing collective leadership skills.

ASEAN Online Collaborative Platform (ASEAN OCP)

A digital platform established to promote collaboration and dissemination of information, opportunities and updates. This online platform acts as the official modus operandi of the ASEAN YSN to promote continuous engagement with young researchers in the region as well as the ASEAN diaspora. The ASEAN OCP is more than a website and database of all the ASEAN YSN fellows, affiliates and partners, it also facilitates robust real-time discussions of pertinent issues and opportunities in ASEAN that enables representative view points from across ASEAN. The platform provides an opportunity for the voice of young scientists across the region to develop a cohesive voice through robust debate and ability to make collective statements on pertinent regional and global issues. This online collaborative platform facilitates seamless connection between researchers in the ASEAN region as well as with dialog partners and the ASEAN diaspora.

Contact details of the Interim Co-Chairs and Co-Founders of the ASEAN YSN:

Prof. Dr. Abhi Veerakumarasivam
Tel: +6 012-901-1819
Email: labhiv@sunway.edu.my

Dr. Orakanoke Phanraksa
Tel: +66 879-1127-877
Email: orakanoke.gya@gmail.com

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