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On the 20th April, the Young Academy of Scotland held its first Plenary meeting of 2017 at the Scottish Government buildings in Edinburgh. The theme of this Spring Plenary was: For a Progressive and Open Society: A YAS Routemap. The day included a Horizon Scanning workshop, led and organised by YAS members who were experts in the subject, in addition to discussion and reflection on YAS’ current projects and activities.  

We were delighted that Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, was able to welcome us officially to the Scottish Government buildings during our morning session and answer some of our questions. She spoke to the membership about being bold and challenging, encouraging us to be free-thinking. She urged YAS, “to be fluid and challenging… [rather than] boxed in by political constraints.”

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Congratulations to YAS member, Dr Theodore Koutmeridis on receiving the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) for his interdisciplinary project, "Inequality, Conflict and Violence."

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Earlier this week, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, concluded the last of the David Hume Institute’s Politicians & Professionals series. The Young Academy of Scotland supports the series along with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, the Law Society of Scotland, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Faculty of Advocates.

 

This year, the series invited the five leaders of Scotland’s political parties represented in Scottish Parliament to give speeches and take part in an audience Q&A focused on the context of Brexit and the Scottish local elections.

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Last month, AcademiaNet interviewed one of our own members, Dr Silvia Paracchini, about her work in the field of Dyselxia and genetics.

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