The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences decided to set up the Young Academy in 2005. The Young Academy operates independently within the Royal Academy. It has its own working plan, organises its own events and is responsible for its own viewpoints. The Young Academy and the Royal Academy cooperate mainly on interdisciplinary and scientific projects and lectures.
- The Young Academy actively brings researchers into contact with disciplines outside their own area of specialisation and in doing so encourages interdisciplinary research.
- The Young Academy asks its members to make an active contribution to the future of their own and ancillary disciplines and to formulate their views on science policy.
- The Young Academy consults with scientific organisations and ministries and advises them on science policy.
- The Young Academy conveys its fascination with science and scientific insights to the public and pupils and students, and considers the matter of valorisation in the broadest sense of the word.
The Young Academy is a member of the Global Young Academy, the Young Academy of Europe and Young Academies Science Advice Structure (YASAS). Marie-José van Tol is a board member of YASAS on behalf of The young Academy.