2019 IAP Conference and General Assembly

The philosophy and practices of the young academies

Professor Tofu Oni, Public Health Physician Scientist, Urban Epidemiologist, Clinical Senior Research  felloN, University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit's Global Public Health Research programme (Presentation)

A (National) Young Academy (NYA/YA) 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.

The GYA is proud to have helped to boost the establishment of NYAs around the world. Since its inception, 33 NYAs have been established, many of them with support from the GYA and its members. Overall, 38 NYAs and more than 10 similar bodies now exist worldwide. More are close to launching in 2019.