President, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
It is a pleasure to learn that at long last the National Young Academy of Bangladesh (NYAB) is set to hold its First Annual General Meeting (AGM). This also marks its public launch. I regret that due to unavoidable circumstances, I am not in a position to attend the Inauguration. But, it is a pleasure to send my greetings through this message.
The Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) has, since its inception in 1973, been working to promote excellence in science education and research in Bangladesh. For young scientists it has organized Young Scientist Congresses, given awards to scientists in the junior category, nominated young scientists to global events such as the World
Economic Forum, STS Forum, Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting, HOPE meeting etc. We also had our own Young Affiliate program, which has now been superseded by an Associate Fellowship program.
However, in line with the global trend, we are now pleased to see the birth of a Young Academy in Bangladesh in the form of NYAB. BAS is proud to have played a role in its formation. BAS fully endorses the formation of the Academy and also endorses the selection of the first cohort of 20 members which were overseen by a Committee of BAS Council member. My hearty congratulations go to those selected.
Our young scientists have already proved their merit as members of the Global Young Academy, and now it is time for them to come together to serve the country. I wish the AGM and all future activities of NYAB a great success.
Prof. Dr. Quazi Abdul Fattah
Bangladesh Academy of Sciences