International Cooperation

Globally connected

Die Junge Akademie is internationally very well connected: Members attend international conferences; its own conferences, workshops and symposiums are attended by international academics. On an institutional level, there are cooperations and contacts in many regions of the world.

When Die Junge Akademie was founded in 2000, it was the first of its kind. Since then, the international landscape of Young Academies has changed. Die Junge Akademie served as a role model for the founding of Young Academies in other countries as well as on an international level and took on a consulting role during their founding phases.


Today, there are several Young Academies or founding initiatives across the globe. Die Junge Akademie cooperates thematically and in terms of projects with many of the newly-founded Young Academies worldwide. In Europe, the cooperation is especially close – including the science-political aspiration to formulate young academics' perspectives concerning Europe as a common research area.

Especially on a European level, the network of Young Academies and their members strives to become more closely-knit. Networking meetings, mutual statements concerning science policy, but also contentual cooperations are planned for the future.

Our Partners

In Europe

In autumn 2013 a Working Group of European Young Academies was established in order to deal with European topics and explore the dynamics of the integration process, both from an academic and from a broader social perspective. The first joint project of the Working Group is a European Prize Question: Who Gets Carried Away by Europe? Apart from Die Junge Akademie, the Belgian (Flemish), Danish, Dutch, Polish, Scottish, and Swedish Young Academies are involved in this initiative.

Outside Europe

  • Simbabwe:  Zimbabwe Young Academy of Science (ZIMYAS)
  • Sri Lanka:  National Academy of Young Scientists of Sri Lanka (NAYSSL)


  • Worldwide:  Global Young Academy (GYA)
    The GYA was founded in 2010 after an initiative of the global academy network IPA. Die Junge Akademie served as a role model here and was involved actively. It is the GYA's goal to engage with questions of global importance. To that end, it will have its own conferences, research groups and projects. Further, the GYA encourages the founding of national Young Academies. Members of the GYA are from 50 countries on all continents. The headquarter is located in Halle (Saale), under the roof of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

A Question for Europe

Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?

Europe attracts and divides. It makes us dream, but it also has a reality with boundaries that shape our lives. What are the dynamics of integration?

Whom does Europe sweep off their feet? Does European integration create community or does it lead to exclusion?

By asking this prize question, the Young Academies of several European countries were seeking insights into the motions of Europe, its destinies and processes, and the people affected by them. Answers take all imaginable forms, from academic or literary to artistic, audiovisual, and musical submissions.

The contest has ended. Five prizes were handed out for the best entries during the award ceremony on June 6, 2015.

The project was supported by the participating Young Academies and the Commerzbank Foundation.


National Young Academies of Europe intensify collaboration

Representatives of almost all European national Young Academies met in Berlin on 30th/31st October 2014, to set up a frame for future exchange and cooperation. At the German Young Academy’s invitation, members and heads of office of the Academies of Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, and Sweden discussed how joint forces could foster high-level interdisciplinary projects, intensify a pan-European science-society dialogue, and benefit the future of young scientists in Europe.

Future projects like mentoring programs, working groups on higher education policies, and open labs furthering interdisciplinary creativity were envisaged.

The Young Academies of Europe hold joint annual conventions; 2015 at the Belgian (Flanders’) Young Academy, followed by the Polish Young Academy in 2016.

Additionally the heads of office of the European Young Academies were invited for a meeting in Stockholm in spring 2015 by the Young Academy of Sweden.

Symposium "Socio-Ecological Novelty"

Interdisciplinary Symposium (March 18-19, 2013) in the course of the German-South African Year of Science. A joint project between Die Junge Akademie, Global Young Academy, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, South African Young Academy of Sciences and Academy of Science for South Africa, supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation.

Symposium report

Photo Galery: Symposium "Socio-Ecological Novelty" (©Michael Hoetzel for the Leopoldina)

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