International Relations

International Links Working Group

in 2015 the Young Academy of Scotland set up a working group to develop productive international links. More on the working group here.

Global connections:

The burgeoning worldwide Young Academy movement started in Germany in the year 2000. Set up as a joint project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Die Junge Akademie was the first example and similar initiatives in many other countries have begun to develop of the last 15 years.

Current National Young Academies:

In Europe:


Outside Europe:


Global Young Academy -

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Global Young Academy - May 2013

The Global Young Academy (GYA) was set-up in 2010 to provide "a rallying point for outstanding young scientists from around the world to come together to address topics of global importance." It draws a membership from over 50 countries worldwide and runs a variety of working groups concentrating on issues such as science and young people, women in science and science in the developing world. There are a number of collaborative internaitonal activities that have been facilitated by the GYA that YAS has been invovled in.   

There are currently two YAS members involved in the GYA:



Global Young Academy - Karen Lorimer, YAS member and Member of the Global Young Academy


Other opportunities and connections have sprung up form the internaitonal connections that YAS has.

  • Two YAS members are currently sat on the Royal Society of Edinburgh International Committee.WEF
  • YAS member Luke Bisby was chosen as WEF 2013 Young Scientist and represented YAS at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013 in Dalian, People's Republic of China (see presentatoin below about his experiences.


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Stephen is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh. His research interests are directed towards the development and understanding of sustainable methods for chemical synthesis which are non-toxic and environmentally benign.

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