At the virtual 2020 annual general meeting, YAE members elected Dr Gemma Modinos as the new Chair of the Board
On becoming Chair of the YAE Board she said:
“It was a great honour for me to be elected Chair of the Young Academy of Europe, an organisation that I am passionate about. I am grateful to the previous Chairs for the opportunity to learn from them during my first two years on the Board. As young scholars prepare for the complex post-COVID world, my vision is to lead the YAE and to use its trans-disciplinary strengths and excellence to solve challenges we face in Europe. As a grassroots initiative, I truly believe in the YAE’s power to bring about change, as a platform for young scholars to build support, to explore and debate new ideas, and to have a clear voice in European science policy. I am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues in the YAE community to further enhance the YAE’s role and influence. I am also very excited about strengthening our partnership with Academia Europaea and the wonderful opportunities that this will bring for both organisations, as well as for the wider European research community.”
Gemma Modinos succeeds Dr Mangala Srinivas, previous chair and member of the YAE Board.
About Gemma Modinos
Gemma Modinos completed a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Applied Neurosciences at the University of Barcelona in Spain. She received her PhD in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) from the University of Groningen. As a postdoctoral researcher, she moved to the UK. In 2016 she received two prestigious awards, the King’s Prize Fellowship followed by the Sir Henry Dale Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society, allowing her to build her career as an independent scientist at King’s College London. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.
Dr Modinos’s lab research uses neuroimaging and behavioural assays to characterise the relationship between social and emotional information processing in first-episode psychosis and in the development of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
Dr Gemma Modinos was the first woman to receive the Schizophrenia International Research Society SIRS Rising Star award in 2019.
About the Young Academy of Europe
Established in 2012, the Young Academy of Europe is a pan-European non-governmental academy of top young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and science policy. Its mission is to provide input to scientific exchange and science policy across all member states of the European Union or an Associated Country. YAE members are experts and leaders in their respective fields, who seek to provide a ‘younger’ perspective about the future of science and academia in Europe.