Global Young Academy

The Global Young Academy (GYA) was founded in 2010 with the vision to give young researchers and scholars around the world a voice. Members are chosen for their demonstrated excellence in research and commitment to service. The GYA consists of 200 members, and currently there are 216 alumni from 83 countries. The GYA is hosted at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and received its seed funding from the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Volkswagen Foundation. Since 2014, GYA is supported by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and other international donors.

Global Young Academy activities focus on science and policy, the research environment, and science education and outreachas well as the cross-cutting theme GYA and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Current large, externally-funded projects include the GYA’s Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa research project, co-operation on capacity building Science Leadership Programs in Africa and ASEAN, and the emerging project At Risk and Refugee Scholar Membership Initiative.

As the voice of young scientists around the world, the GYA publishes statements on international science policy and the research environment for early to mid-career researchers, and maintains active links with international science organizations, including the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board (until end of 2016), the Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP), the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), the International Science Council (ISC), the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) and the Global Research Council. As part of its global commitment, the GYA works to reduce the science gap between low, middle, and high-income countries by connecting young scientists with diverse backgrounds. GYA members believe that scientists and researchers need to contribute more than their own research findings to society.

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Dr Tolu Oni, Dr Connie Nshemereirwe
(GYA Co-Chairs)
Dr Beate Wagner
(Managing Director)
Ms. Franziska Güntner
(Financial and Membership Officer)

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Global Young Academy  c/o German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Emil-Abderhalden-Straße 37
06108 Halle (Saale)
Phone: +49 345 47239 170