GYA in Brief

The Global Young Academy aims to become the voice of young scientists around the world. To realise our vision we develop, connect, and mobilize new talent from six continents. Moreover we empower young researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational dialogue with the goal to make global decision making evidence-based and inclusive.


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 2014, the GYA has reached its full capacity with 200 members, leading young scientists (defined as an average age of 35 years and at the beginning of their independent academic career). 2016 GYA has in addition to its 200 members 134 alumni. Altogether 70 countries from all continents are represented. Members are selected for the excellence of their science and their commitment to service and are serving five-year terms. 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 composed of outstanding senior scientists and science managers, respectively.


Eva Alisic (Co-Chair 2014-16) presents the work and mission of the GYA


What we do

Global Young Academy activities focus on science and policy, education and outreach, open science, and the research environment.

The GYA also supports the establishment and coordination of National Young Academies around the world. GYA has helped to establish NYAs in Egypt, the Philippines, Japan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Israel, and Kenya, and has co-organized regional and global meetings

As the voice of young scientists around the world, the GYA publishes statements on international science policy and the research environment for early-career researchers. The organization also maintains active links with international science organizations including the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board, the IAP – the Global Network of Science Academies, the Global Research Council, the EU’s Joint Researc Center and ICSU – International Council for Science. As part of its global remit, the GYA works to reduce the science gap between developed and developing countries by connecting young scientists from different countries. GYA members believe that scientists need to contribute more than their own research findings to society. For example, many members take part in science education and outreach activities at schools and universities around the world.


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. From 2011 to 2016, the GYA maintained an Office hosted by the BBAW in Berlin. The headquarter moved to Halle (Saale), under the roof of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2017. Since 2014 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing generous core-funding to the GYA.


Watch a video of former GYA Co-Chairs on the Mission of the Global Young Academy!