Call for Abstracts: 4TH BRICS Young Scientist Forum

Announcement for inviting applications for participation in the 4th BRICS Young Scientist Conclave

Date: 6-8 November, 2019

Themes: Cybersecurity and Bioeconomy

Venue: Brazil


The decision to establish the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Young Scientist Forum (YSF) was taken in March 2015 at the 2nd BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting in Brazil.

The 1st BRICS YSF was held in Bangalore, India in September 2016. At the 4th BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting in Jaipur, India in October 2016, the BRICS countries agreed to hold the BRICS YSF on a rotational basis.

The 2nd BRICS YSF was held in July 2017 in Hangzhou, China. The event preceded the 7th BRICS STI Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and the 5th BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting.

South Africa assumed the BRICS rotational Presidency on 1 January 2018 and hosted the 10th BRICS Summit in July 2018. In line with the established tradition of previous BRICS Summits, South Africa also hosted a wide range of BRICS activities leading up to and following the Summit, including the 6th BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting and the 8th BRICS STI SOM.

As part of its BRICS STI activities, South Africa hosted the 3rd BRICS YSF in June 2018 in line with the decision taken at the BRICS STI Jaipur Ministerial in October 2016. Brazil is set to host the 4th YSF in November 2019.

The main goals of the BRICS YSF are:

  • To provide a platform for connecting & networking amongst the BRICS youth in order to harness their knowledge for resolving common societal challenges through research and innovation. In addition, strengthen advancement of skills & research competencies of the youth primarily below the age of 40 years drawn from science, engineering and other allied disciplines.
  • To build BRICS leadership in S&T through creative youth with capacity and capability to accelerate change individuality and collectively (BRICS Youth Alumni).
  • To reinforce BRICS nation’s and regional STI policies and youth policies, skills development and entrepreneurship policies.

General Conference Information

For any further information on the forum please contact:

Ms Edith Shikumo. Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614. Email:

Application Deadline: 11 October 2019

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