This idea was born when a few enthusiastic YGs, sharing the same needs and aspirations, met during conferences, courses and internships abroad. The Facebook® group, created in February 2018, is open to all students and young professionals under the age of 36 (or in training) interested in Human Genetics . The goal is to allow members to share information and ask questions related to human genetics (as it relates to patient safety and ethics) in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, all at their fingertips. Two not-for-profit structures have played a key role in the development of the YGN: the European Reference Network for Intellectual Disability, Telehealth, Autism and Birth Defects (ERN-ITHACA), a virtual network involving providers of healthcare across Europe to improve diagnosis and patient care , and the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) . Their support was essential in promoting this group at European meetings (Fig. 1).
From a small initial group, the community has grown into a dynamic network of 1377 members from 101 different countries and 42% (not= 583) of them belong to 24 member states of the European Union in July 2021 (Fig. 2). Among the members of the YGN are geneticists with scientific and/or medical training and genetic counsellors.