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ASEAN Science Leadership Programme


The ASEAN SLP 2019 was held in conjunction with the ASEAN Conference for Young Scientists 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Thus, at the end of the ASEAN SLP 2019, the ASEAN SLP fellows also had the opportunity to visit different research institutes and universities in Hanoi.

The ASEAN SLP 2019 was developed as a highly interactive workshop that includes training, application, peer support and mentorship. Fellows will attend a 2.5-day, intensive on-site programme in Hanoi, Viet Nam.


The main aims of the ASEAN Science Leadership Programme (ASEAN SLP) are:

a) Empowering young ASEAN researchers with leadership skills so that they can champion their national research and innovation agenda, and
b) Promoting cohesion and collaboration between young researchers from various ASEAN’s future global research competitiveness.

For ASEAN SLP 2019, ASEAN YSN is collaborating with the Youth International Cooperation Development Center (CYDECO), Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam, the Young Scientists Network–Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) and National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) of Thailand, and the Global Young Academy (GYA). The ASEAN SLP identifies early-to mid-career researchers in all disciplines of sciencesnincluding engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.

Selected participants will be recognised as ASEAN SLP fellows. The programme aims to create an interdisciplinary network of young academic leaders in the region who are trained with leadership skills and are committed towards developing a collective vision that promotes scientific progress and creates a positive impact at policy and societal-level.

The establishment of national young academies (NYAs) or equivalent organisations that represent the voice of young researchers in all the ASEAN countries could potentially facilitate the creation of an effective network that that can play a role in shaping science agenda in ASEAN. The ambition is to establish thought leadership, team development, engagement and collaboration through the sharing of best practices with the ultimate intention of enabling these academies to contribute towards solving the complex issues that face both ASEAN and the global community.