The Young Academy of Scotland was established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 and is the first and (currently) only Young Academy in the United Kingdom, the membership currently stands at 131. It is anticipated that the Young Academy will soon stabalise its membership at around 150, with a membership makeup of 53% female.  At induction, the average member is 34 years old and the YAS is uniquely interdisciplinary, with members coming from all areas of academia, business, third sector organisations and public life.

Our mission is to:

Foster interdisciplinary activities among emerging leaders from the disciplines of science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society. Established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011, the Young Academy provides a platform for able and innovative young entrepreneurs, professionals and academics to develop a coherent and influential voice, and to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

Our activities are coordinated by a Facilitating Group of four annually elected co-chairs and an elected treasurer, with further assistance from dedicated RSE support staff. The Young Academy also benefits from guidance from Fellows of the RSE.

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