What it means to be a GYA member:

Members are elected for five year terms, after which they will move to alumni status. All members are expected to actively contribute to the organization’s goals and activities. They may participate in international science policy development, promote the establishment of national young academies (NYA) and coordinate their cooperation and exchange, support science education at the international level and the young scientist ambassador program. 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 (e.g. 2012 in South Africa, 2013 in Germany, 2014 in Chile, 2015 in Canada). Other occasions to meet and cooperate with colleagues across borders, cultures and disciplines on topics of utmost relevance to young scientists are international meetings, workshops and conferences organized by the GYA Working Groups, for which GYA supports fundraising.

Through the GYA, members are linked to the senior international academy network “IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies”, meet outstanding leaders of the international science community and may be nominated to contribute to international policy statements and working groups. GYA members gain new insights and empowering experiences which they would never have had at their national level or within the boundaries of their discipline. They are at the vanguard of the international young scientists movement and form a strong voice to impact global development for more effective science around the world, through better connectedness, improved measures of achievement, and higher quality science education and outreach.

You are looking for more personal information? Have a look at a presentation our members Marc Creus, Ghada Bassioni and our previous Managing Director Heidi Wedel gave at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, where they also talk about their personal experience with the Global Young Academy.


Voices from our membership:


“Facing global as well as local challenges together, we can achieve more than I ever thought was possible.”

– Mihaela Zigman, Germany


“The passion that young scientist bring to science builds networks of trusted personal relationships that can bridge disciplines for a lifetime.”

– Phil Gona, USA / Zimbabwe


“The Global Young Academy promotes closer interactions among different cultures and disciplines. It is a place for creative discussions and innovative ideas that go beyond current limits.”

– Ghada Bassioni, Egypt


You want to hear more about what members say about the GYA? Take a look at this video: