What it means to be a GYA member

Members are elected for five-year terms, after which they become alumni. All members are expected to actively contribute to the organisation’s goals and activities, e.g. by participating in international science policy development, promoting the establishment of national young academies (NYA) or coordinating their cooperation and exchange, supporting science education at the international level, or actively collaborating with GYA members on various topics. GYA members communicate virtually throughout the year and meet their colleagues from all over the world at least once a year in person at the Annual General Meeting. International meetings, workshops and conferences offer other occasions to meet and cooperate with colleagues across borders, cultures and disciplines on topics of utmost relevance to young scientists. GYA Working Groups, which receive seed funding from the GYA for their projects, regularly organise such collaboration.

The GYA provides a platform through which its members are linked to the science policy interface through GYA partners, such as the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), meet outstanding leaders of the international science community, and have the opportunity to contribute to international policy statements and working groups. GYA members gain new insights and empowering experiences when they work beyond national and disciplinary boundaries. They are at the vanguard of the international young scientists movement and form a strong voice to impact global development for more effective science and research around the world, through better connectedness, improved measures of achievement and higher quality science education and outreach.

Hear personal impressions in a presentation by members Marc Creus, Ghada Bassioni and previous Managing Director Heidi Wedel at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in 2014, in which they describe their personal experience with the Global Young Academy.


Voices from our membership:


“Today, our world faces many challenges that absolutely require international and interdisciplinary solutions. By attending the 2017 AGM as a new member, I realised that the GYA is an ideal path for tackling those challenges through interactions with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.”

Wataru Iwasaki (Japan, Bioinformatics)


“The GYA is one of the most inspiring groups of people I have ever interacted with. I am continuously amazed at the dedication of the GYA membership and feel lucky to be a part of it!”

Teresa Stoepler (USA, Science Diplomacy)


“My one year in GYA has greatly enriched my intellectual and professional comportment and has enabled me to scale greater heights in my pursuit for professional growth and excellence. The sheer intellectual, cultural and disciplinary diversity within the GYA makes it a truly prestigious global academy.”

Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo (Kenya, Applied Linguistics)


You want to hear more about what members say about the GYA? Take a look at our YouTube channel.