Together with the Dutch Young Academy (DJA) GYA co-organized the Symposium “Shaping the Future of Young Academies“ 31 October – 1 November 2012 in Amsterdam. This symposium was the first to bring together nearly all existing young academies from Europe, Africa and Asia and many initiatives to establish National Young Academies (NYA). An additional 2 NYA, who had to cancel, and 3 initiatives, who could not make it to Amsterdam, submitted presentations. 57 participants representing 31 NYA and initiatives for the establishment of NYA met in an inspiring setting to exchange ideas and discuss possibilities for collaborations.They agreed on a follow-up meeting in about 2 years with regional meetings and/or exchange in probably all three continents in between. GYA and DJA will work on the results of the meeting and make it accessible to the growing international Young Academy Movement.