Siobhán O’Connor, a new member to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, was one of only three young academics hand picked from across Europe to help judge and announce the European Health Award 2016. This prestigious award is presented at the European Health Forum Gastein conference in Austria each year. Siobhán, a lecturer in nursing at Edinburgh Napier University, received a Young Forum Gastein scholarship to attend this high level EU health policy conference to represent Scotland. The scholarship is co-funded by the European Commission and WHO Europe, to enable leading young health professionals to attend and participate in the conference.
Many European projects with a health focus are submitted for the European Health Award and Siobhán joined a panel of prestigious judges including Dr Terje Peetso, Health and Wellbeing Unit of DG CONNECT in the European Commission, Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Albert van der Zeijden, Board Member of the International Forum Gastein, among others to shortlist projects and make the final selection.
A Question for Europe, a joint project between YAS and six other European young academies, has announced the winners of its competition, “Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?”
The competition, which was supported by the Commerzbank Foundation, encouraged participants to answer the question “who gets carried away by Europe?” by submitting any type of creative response; academic, literary, musical, photographic, and audio-visual submissions were accepted.
Young Academy news as it appeared in the February Fellows' e-Bulletin:
The Young Academy is a partner in a new photographic competition open to scholars across Europe. Working with the Young Academies of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Russia, the participating academies are seeking images that explain what makes research fascinating. There will be an exhibition touring Europe later this year. For more information http://imagesoffascination.net/
Dr Hammond gained his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 1999 where he worked on the development of a cryogenic torsion balance used to place new short-range limits on putative forces coupling spin and gravity.