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What happens at an AGM and Conference?


  • What happens at an AGM and Conference?

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) – is the main annual event of the GYA. It is a large working meeting: members gather once a year in order to engage in capacity building, networking and collaboration in existing working groups, as well as to forge new activities, discuss the future of the GYA and elect the GYA’s executive committee. AGMs are paired with an International Conference of Young Scientists, where members discuss a theme of global relevance from all disciplinary perspectives and interact with renowned external speakers, early-career researchers from the worldwide NYA network and GYA partner organisations.

    We highly recommend taking part in as many AGMs as you possibly can. The opportunity to meet fellow members all in one place at this scale only arises once a year. The AGM is an incredibly energetic, positive and engaging event, and it drives GYA work and member connections.
    The online meeting format cannot replace an in-person meeting, but it is designed to encourage intense exchange and networking opportunities using the forums here, Wonder and live meetings in Zoom.

    See here for the latest version of the AGM programme: Draft Programme

    You can find information on past AGMs and Conferences here: Annual General Meetings | Global Young Academy

    Who organises the AGM and Conference?

    GYA members! Together with the GYA Office, the Executive Committee and local partners and hosts, members work hard to bring members together each year.

    (for in-person meetings) LOC stands for Local Organising Committee. GYA members from the host country, often together with young scientists from the host country’s National Young Academy, raise funds and awareness, coordinate the venue and all local aspects of the meeting.

    The POC is the Programme Organising Committee. These are members of the GYA from around the world who design the international conference and ensure that the AGM programme is diverse and well-rounded.

    You can meet 2021 POC members here: Organisers | Annual International Conference of Young Scientists (
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