The second annual meeting of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) was held in Wroclaw, Poland, on 16 September. The meeting took place concurrently with the 25th annual conference of the Academia Europaea (AE), with which the YAE maintains close ties. Prof. Helga Nowotny, President of the scientific council of the European Research Council (ERC), addressed YAE members and guests from funding organizations and other national young academies. She emphasized the importance of evidence-based policy for decisions concerning the grand societal challenges in health, environmental, and energy topics. Further issues discussed during the YAE meeting included opening of the YAE to outstanding non-ERC-funded scientists and scholars from 2014. See the YAE press release for more information. Press coverage: Research Professional.