Members are elected for four year terms, after which they will move to alumni status. All members are expected to actively contribute to the organization’s goals and activities. They may participate in international science policy development, promote the establishment of national young academies (NYA) and coordinate their cooperation and exchange, support science education at the international level and the young scientist ambassador program. GYA members communicate virtually throughout the year and meet their colleagues from all over the world at least once a year in person at the General Assembly meeting (e.g. 2012 in South Africa, 2013 in Germany). Other occasions to meet and cooperate with colleagues across borders, cultures and disciplines on topics of utmost relevance to young scientists are international meetings, workshops and conferences organized by the GYA Working Groups, for which GYA supports fundraising.
Through GYA, members are linked to the senior international academy network IAP, meet outstanding leaders of the international science community and may be nominated to contribute to international policy statements and working groups. GYA members gain new insights and empowering experiences which they would never have had at their national level or within the boundaries of their discipline. They are at the vanguard of the international young scientists movement and form a strong voice to impact global development for more effective science around the world, through better connectedness, improved measures of achievement, and higher quality science education and outreach.