The UK Young Academy

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The Royal Society is a partner academy of the first UK-wide national Young Academy – a network of early career researchers and professionals. The UK Young Academy will bring together researchers, innovators, clinicians, professionals, academics and entrepreneurs to tap into their collective potential and expertise to tackle important issues in society.

The initiative, as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Learned Society of Wales, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Irish Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Royal Society, aspires to connect emerging leaders with different knowledge and expertise, and include their voices in local and global policy discussions.

The UK Young Academy is operating under the auspices of the Royal Society in first instance. In the future, the UK Young Academy may become a fully independent entity or decide to move under one of the other partner academies. This will be determined by its members and the executive group, once they are in place. 

The first members of the UK Young Academy will shape the strategy and focus of the organisation. Applicants will come from a variety of sectors, be at the early stages of their professional careers and will have made significant contributions to their fields. They will join the global initiative of Young Academies, with the UK Young Academy becoming the 50th and latest to join the Young Academy movement. 

Applications for membership to the UK Young Academy are currently closed. Details of selection criteria and how to apply can be found on the UK Young Academy website.