National Young Academies

A (National) Young Academy (NYA/YA) is an academic organisation typically formed by young scientists and scholars at the beginning of their independent careers who have been selected for the excellence of their research impact and commitment to service. Membership in a NYA/YA is for a limited term, normally 4-5 years, after which members become academy alumni.

Young Academies typically work as the voice of young scientists for the advancement of issues important to young scientists. This includes, for example, science education or the dialog between science and society. Most Young Academies are affiliated with a senior Academy of Sciences (or  – as in the case of the GYA – with a network of senior academies, the InterAcademy Partnership).

One of the strategic aims of the GYA is to act as a facilitator of the growing global network of young academies and to support their establishment as well as joint projects and meetings between them.

Information on regional and global meetings of young academies can be found here.

Most importantly, the GYA has boosted the establishment of NYAs around the world. Since its inception, 41 NYAs have been established, many of them with support from the GYA and its members. Overall, 49 NYAs and additional transnational young academies now exist worldwide. More are close to launching in 2021.

Information on establishing a young academy can be found here.

See also the 2019 Declaration on the Guiding Principles of Young Academies.


National Young Academies, Similar Bodies and YS Networks

National Young Academy
CountryEstablished in
Albanian Young AcademyAlbania2017
Argentinian Young AcademyArgentina2020
Young AcademyAustria2007
National Young Academy of BangladeshBangladesh2019
Young AcademyBelgium2012
Academy of Young Scientists of BeninBenin2018
Cameroon Academy of Young Scientists (CAYS)Cameroon2018
College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of CanadaCanada2014
D. R. Congo Young Academy of SciencesD. R. Congo2020
Young Academy of DenmarkDenmark2011
Egyptian Young Academy of SciencesEgypt2014
Estonian Young Academy of SciencesEstonia2017
Ethiopian Young Academy of ScienceEthiopia2015
Young Academy FinlandFinland2017
Die Junge Akademie / Young Academy GermanyGermany2000
Ghana Young Academy (GhYA)Ghana2014
Hungarian Young Academy (HYA)Hungary2019
Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS)India2014
Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI)Indonesia2015
Israel Young AcademyIsrael2012
Young Academy of JapanJapan2011
Kenya National Young Academy of Sciences (KNYAS)Kenya2014
Young Academy of the Lithuanian Academy of SciencesLithuania2018
Young Scientists Network – Academy of Sciences MalaysiaMalaysia2012
National Young Academy of Nepal (NaYAN)Nepal2019
Young Scientists Forum Nepal (YSFN)Nepal2020
Dutch Young AcademyNetherlands2005
Nigerian Young AcademyNigeria2010
Young Academy of NorwayNorway2015
National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) PakistanPakistan2009
Palestine Young AcademyPalestine2019
Outstanding Young Scientists, Inc. (OYSI) – Philippine Academy of Young ScientistsPhilippines2011
Polish Young AcademyPoland2012
Romanian Young AcademyRomania2020
RSE Young Academy of ScotlandScotland2011
Académie Nationale des Jeunes Scientifiques du Sénégal (ANJSS)Senegal2015
South African Young Academy of ScienceSouth Africa2011
Young Korean Academy of Science and TechnologySouth Korea2017
Young Academy of SpainSpain2019
Sri Lanka Academy of Young Scientists (SLAYS)Sri Lanka2012
Sudanese Academy of Young ScientistsSudan2007
Young Academy of SwedenSweden2011
Swiss Young AcademySwitzerland2019
Tanzania Young Academy of SciencesTanzania2016
Thai Young Scientists AcademyThailand2011
Uganda National Young AcademyUganda2015
New Voices in Sciences, Engineering and MedicineUSA2018
Vietnam Young Academy (VYA)Vietnam2014
Zimbabwe Young Academy of Sciences (ZIMYAS)Zimbabwe2011

Transnational Young Academies, Similar Bodies and Young Scientist Networks

Australian Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum (EMCR Forum)Australia2011
Council of Young Scientists and Specialists of the Azerbaijan National Academy of ScienceAzerbaijan 2013
Council of Young Scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of BelarusBelarus2003
Young Affiliates of the Brazilian Academy of SciencesBrazil2007
Burundi Council of Young ScientistsBurundi2016
Young Academy of EuropeEurope2012
Arab-German Young AcademyGermany2013
Hong Kong Young Academy of SciencesHong Kong2019
TWAS Young Affiliates Network (TYAN)global2016
Association of Latvian Young Scientists (ALYS)Latvia2005
ASEAN Young Scientists NetworkMalaysia2018
Centre of Young Scientists and Artists of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and ArtsMontenegro2010
Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Early Career Researcher ForumNew Zealand2011
Council of Young Researchers of the Russian Academy of SciencesRussia 2009