In 2008, InterAcademy Panel (IAP) had selected the world’s top scientists to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF). Dr. Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri and Dr. Warinthorn Songkasiri from Thailand were invited to join the forum. In 2009, Dr. Pimchai Chaiyen and Dr. Jittiporn Kruenate from Thailand were invited to join the forum. In 2010, Global Young Academy (GYA) was founded in Berlin, Germany with the support by IAP and the aim of empowering and mobilizing young scientists to address issues of particular importance to early career scientists. Dr. Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri (Thailand) and Prof. Greg Weiss (USA) were the founding co-chairs of GYA. As a result, Thai Young Scientists Academy (TYSA) was founded and its goal are to (1) create a network among young Thai scientists to exchange knowledge and experience, and (2) support these scientists to apply their knowledge and experience to enhance the level of Thai science and technology to solve the country’s problem.
The structure of TYSA is as shown below:
1. Founding committee
- Co-chairs (2 members)
- Executive committee (10 members)
2. Working group
- Peer coaching
- Corporate and social responsibility (CSR)
- Thai nationality
- Age under 45 years old
- Work in science and engineering fields
- Must be active and widely accepted in his/her field of research
- Must be motivated to work for the public/country
- Regular members: This group of researchers is recruited by the executive committee based on their research performance, activities, services, commitment, and personal attitude.
- Junior members: This group of researchers is recruited by the executive committee based on their research performance that shows a high potential of being considered experts in their fields.
- Network members: This group of researchers can be anyone who is interested in joining TYSA activities.