Life Science for Good


On the 13th March, members of the Industry Working Group are working with EthosBioUK CIC to host an event with a competitive pitching angle.

"A new movement of entrepreneurs is emerging that value social impact as highly as the bottom line. Can this profit with purpose business model be adopted by companies working in the life sciences sector?

We want to start the discussion and explore how Scotland can nurture socially conscious entrepreneurs with life science business ideas and invite the community to take part.

We also invite start-ups to present and promote their technology with a socially conscious angle. The winner will receive a £500 award."

To register for the event and to find out more details about the pitching competition visit the event page here.

The event will be held at the University of Edinburgh’s Business School Auditorium (29 Buccleuch Pl. Edinburgh EH8 9JS).

StartEDIN Lifescience event


On the 25th January, StartEDIN are holding aStartEdin logo Lifesciences event which intends to encourage collaboration and the exchange of ideas between the tech and life sciences enterprises. One of the aims of the event will be to increase awareness of the successes of tech acitivity in Edinburgh. Elizabeth Fairley, co-lead of the Young Academy of Scotland Health & Wellbeing working group is organising the event with the support of the Industry working group; you can contact Elizabeth directly at

Speakers at this event include Clare Wareing, Founder of IpOncology and Phillip Cowley, Head of Chemistry at IOmet Pharma. This free event will take place in the evening at the City Chambers in Edinburgh. To register please visit their Eventbrite page here.

Elizabeth Fairley, co-lead of the Health & Wellbeing working group is organising with the support of the Industry working group

Winter Plenary Meeting 2016

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The theme of the December Plenary Meeting is Brexit: What is in Scotland's National Interest? At this meeting, we will explore where YAS can engage with and contribute to the implementation of Brexit, in order to obtain the best outcome for Scotland, for researchers and professionals based in Scotland, and for the UK. We hope to develop projects that make a valuable and informed input to strategic decision making, as well as making a major contribution to public understanding. 

Guest speakers to be confirmed.


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Kathryn Elmer

Kathryn is a Lecturer in evolutionary biology at the University of Glasgow's Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine. Her research programme is motivated by a fascination to understand how local environments and genetic history promote the amazing variation and biodiversity we see in the natural world.

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