The Global Young Academy (GYA) was founded in 2010 on the initiative of more than 100 young scientists from 40 countries. The mission of the GYA is to provide a rallying point for young scientists and promote international and interdisciplinary exchange. The administrative office is located at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale).
The GYA focuses on science and society, science communication, education, and politics. The members of the GYA are selected according to the criteria of scientific excellence and social commitment. The membership number is limited to 200. Each member is elected once for a five-year term.