The GYA provides a rallying point for outstanding young scientists from around the world to come together to address topics of global importance. As of 2013, the GYA has 155 members, leading young scientists (defined as an average age of 35 years and at the beginning of their independent academic career) from 55 countries and all continents, and 63 alumni. The GYA membership will expand to a maximum of 200 members, each serving four-year terms. The members are selected for the excellence of their science and their commitment to service. The vibrancy of the GYA results from the energy of its members who are passionate about the role of science in creating a better world. The GYA is governed by an Executive Committee that reflects the diversity of its membership and is supported by a Senior Advisory Board and an Advisory Council composed of outstanding senior scientists and science managers, respectively.
What we do
Current projects focus on supporting the establishment and cooperation of National Young Academies, Improving Early Scientific Careers, Science-Society Dialogue, Science-Education, and Science in the Developing World.
The GYA has already begun to impact global science policy by promoting National Young Academies (NYAs) around the world. For example, the GYA has contributed to the formation of NYAs in Egypt, the Philippines, Japan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Israel, and other countries. As the voice of young scientists around the world the GYA has drafted statements of relevance to young scientists and international science policy. The GYA is developing a number of projects aimed at improving the effectiveness of science, including in developing countries, by building linkages between young scientists from different countries. GYA members believe very strongly that scientists need to do more to contribute to society, than simply advance their individual research agendas. For example, members are pursuing science education and outreach at schools and universities in their home countries or in the countries of other members.
The GYA grew out of discussions amongst top young scientists from around the world convened by the IAP for the Annual Meeting of New Champions of the World Economic Forum (“Summer Davos” meetings) in 2008 and 2009. The GYA was officially founded in February, 2010 with support by the IAP: the Global Network of Science Academies. With the help of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities BBAW and the German Young Academy, the GYA has received start-up funding from the Volkswagen Foundation. Since October 2011, the GYA has an Office hosted by the BBAW in Berlin, Germany lead by a Managing Director with extensive international experience.