In recognition of its growing influence in the global science community, the Global Young Academy (GYA) has been named a full member of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the global network of 138 academies of science, engineering and medicine.
The official announcement took place at the IAP Conference and General Assembly in Songdo, Korea, on Thursday 11 April 2019 during the joint InterAcademy Partnership meeting. GYA Co-Chair Tolu Oni (UK), as well as Managing Director Beate Wagner were in attendance, as were IAP-Research Executive Director and GYA member Teresa Stoepler (USA), IAP Sustainable Development Project C0-Chair, and GYA former Co-Chair Eva Elasic (Australia), and GYA former Co-Chair Sameh Soror (Egypt).
The IAP is a vital part of the global science landscape, and strives to ensure that science serves society inclusively and equitably. The GYA shares these goals, and will strive to ensure that its young scientist members actively contribute to them.
In its role as a full member, the GYA will have the IAP’s backing in various initiatives, particularly with the GYA’s ongoing support for existing and new national young academies. Together, the GYA and IAP will also contribute to building the next generation of science and policy leaders, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The GYA had already been in collaboration with the IAP, but being named a full member will place it on a more formal and systematic level.
For more information on the IAP and its activities, please visit the IAP website.