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The Young Academy of Scotland can give access to channels to influence policy or enhance personal development in terms of social responsibility. The opportunity for interdisciplinary working is at the core of many of the ongoing and planned activities of the Young Academy.

Membership should be considered an invitation to serve and may be revoked if members are not actively contributing to the work of the Young Academy.  Members contribute by taking part in the outputs of at least one Working Group, though all members are encouraged to suggest new activities and projects. Details of the current Working Groups can be found on the Our Work page. Members are also required to attend at least one of the three plenary meetings per year (financial support is available to cover travel costs).

Members of the Young Academy of Scotland enjoy the following benefits:

  • Eligibility for the RSE grants schemes
  • A mentoring scheme linking members of the YAS with Fellows of the RSE
  • Use of the Fellows’ Room in the RSE building in Edinburgh
  • Expenses for attending YAS activities (provided by the Principals of most Scottish universities for their members; by the YAS for other members)
  • Regional networking events
  • ... and, of course, the chance to make their voices heard on key issues affecting Scotland's future!


What our members say

“People working in universities, public service, the private sector and third sectors are all involved, which means the issues addressed and the debates revolving around them are both timely and diverse.”   Martyn Pickersgill

“YAS has allowed me to extend my professional network and meet many interesting people from different sectors­—  this has led to several collaborations.  I’ve also had the opportunity to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs through presenting my work in schools.” -Mhairi Towler

Whilst my ‘everyday job’ brings me into contact with a range of people, they are all health focused. My membership created opportunities for wonderfully engaging conversations with academics and non-academics from a much wider variety of backgrounds.”  Karen Lorimer

“The YAS offers the chance to explore perspectives and topics in a challenging environment very different from my daily experiences in industry. Leading a working group makes me feel good about making a tangible contribution.”  Des Balmforth

Our Members


Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas

Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas is an engineer who develops miniaturised devices for rapid clinical diagnostics. Her research is focused on sample preparation and in particular on the transformation of blood samples using microfluidic techniques.

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