Proposed principles for a National Young Academy
The NYA should consist of a group of early career scientists, with the aim to include scientists from across the country and for inclusive representation by gender, race and scientific disciplines.
The over-arching aim of the NYA is to foster early career independence for young scientists. The Academy acts and operates independently from the government, other academies, funding sources, and businesses, although working in collaboration with these institutions to make an impact in society. The Academy should exist not for profit.
As scientists, members of the NYA would seek answers to society’s problems in evidence-based solutions. The members would seek to contribute innovation and science-based policy ideas to the debates of concern to young scientists and the wider community.
The members of the NYA should be elected based upon a proven track record for outstanding contributions to science and potential as scientists, together with their commitment to public service. The NYA should strive for the highest quality in its activities.
To be effective, the NYA should focus upon activities of concern to young scientists and where young scientists can contribute uniquely to addressing issues of relevance to society, locally and internationally. The NYA’s interests could range broadly from issues at the science-society interface to the career development of young scientists and interdisciplinary research.