The members of the Global Young Academy and representatives of the national Young Academies met in Pattaya, Thailand, from 7 to 11 May. Chemist Robert Kretschmer from the University of Regensburg travelled there on behalf of Die Junge Akademie.
During the annual meeting of the Global Young Academy on 8 and 9 May, 45 new members were admitted and the departing members were bid farewell. The focus of the exchange between the young scientists in the subsequent "International Conference of Young Scientists" was the topic "Forever Young? Sustainable and Healthy Longevity through Science and Technology". Multifaceted lectures from the field of medicine as well as the social sciences illuminated the aspects of ageing in the context of different cultures. On 10 May, representatives of Young Academies and similar organisations from 12 nations (Nigeria, Thailand, Vietnam, Poland, India, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Hungary, Nepal, Bangladesh and Germany) met for an exchange. The main focus was on issues that concern many Young Academies worldwide, such as questions of funding and equipment, possibilities for cooperation and the active involvement of as many members as possible in the academy's work. In addition to the official programme of the annual meeting, the many interesting discussions during the breaks and in the evening offered good starting points for joint projects and mutual support. The different working methods and organisational structures revealed new ideas for the work in their own Young Academy: "Unlike in Germany, some Young Academies - for example in Poland - are regularly asked by the government for their scientific expertise. The Nigerian Young Academy is actively involved in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals," Robert Kretschmer explains his observations.