The GYA Conference and GA contributes to the IAP mission to facilitate the engagement of young scientists in development issues of global significance. Eighty future young science leaders from around the world, half of them from developing countries, will work alongside delegates of National Young Academies (NYAs) and Latin American countries on the establishment and cooperation of NYAs. The theme will relate to the Millennium Development Goal re-assessment process. Delegates will further develop the ongoing major GYA project ‘The Global State of Young Scientists’ and other projects on capacity building (Women in Science) and bridging the gap between the developed and the developing countries (Global Access to Research Software, the Young Scientists Ambassador Programme). Several working group projects will look into Science Education and impact assessment. GYA members will draft statements on (science) policy issues. The meeting will further mobilize young scientists to take up leadership roles.