The third day of the GYA’s Annual General Meeting in Halle, Germany, featured a meeting of representatives from 27 national young academies (NYAs), similar bodies and networks and NYA Initiatives, including from countries such as India, New Zealand, Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, Panama, and South Africa, among others.

Meeting participants welcomed the recently established Spanish Young Academy and the newly establishing Hungarian National Young Academy and Bangladesh National Young Academy into the global NYA network.

The discussion focused on questions of how to set up a young academy and available support mechanisms for this. The GYA is currently running a survey of young academies to collect best practices and information on the various models of NYAs across the world. Preliminary results will be presented at the Worldwide Meeting, and results will feed into the Toolkit for establishing a young academy that is also currently under development.

During the 2019 Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies, which will take place 31 July – 2 August 2019 in Da Nang, Vietnam, participants will be working on a draft NYA statement on the core principles of young academies. All present here in Halle are looking forward to this as a renewed opportunity to engage with one another.