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The Open Data group hosted a panel debate on Friday on the theme of 'Open Data in Government, Innovation and Research'. The panelists were:

- Geoffrey Boulton OBE, FRS, FRSE Chair, Royal Society Policy Report on 'Science as an Open Enterprise'
- David Carr Policy Adviser, The Wellcome Trust
- William St. Clair FBA, FRSL Author of 'The Political Economy of Reading' and chairman of Open Book Publishers
- Roger Halliday Chief Statistician at the Scottish Government
- Donald Taylor Lead Software Specialist at Selex ES

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The Young Academy has a stand at the Science and the Parliament event at Dynamic Earth on 13th November. YAS members may wish to make themselves available to help man the stand at different times of the day. We will be there from 11:30 and we will certainly need help with the evening session. so please drop by and let us know when you can help out. See below for the times the stand will need occupying: 

11:30 -12:25

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There are some significant Asia Scotland Institute events coming up shortly of which you may already be aware but if not please find details and a means of signing up attached or on the website at

Adam Smith Series of Global Economic Briefings fifth event: 
September 4th. Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, will visit the Royal Society of Edinburgh and address the subject of Investing in Asia from the viewpoint particularly of SMEs. Followed by a networking lunch. It is free and open to the public.
Adam Smith Series of Global Economic Briefings sixth event: 
October 11th. Lord Desai, Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics will take an unconventional look at the Asian region and explore areas where we should expect upsets and setbacks as well as opportunities. This will be the fifth Adam Smith Global Economic Briefing in our programme.
Ambassador Series
September 25th.   HE T.Jasudasen, High Commissioner of Singapore, midday                 
September 25th.  HE Enrique Manalo, Ambassador of The Philippines, afternoon           
October TBA   HE Dr Chris Nonis, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka                                             
October 24th/25th   HE Dr M.Daud Yaar, Ambassador of Afghanistan
Arts and Culture
September 12th        Rory Stewart MP, and “The Artisans of Turquoise Mountain. Rebuilding Old Kabul”. Linlithgow Burgh Halls. A Talk and Exhibition. 

Early October TBA   Sunita Kohli, Renowned Architect and Designer “Lutyens’ Delhi. The Restoration of the Major Works of Edwin Luyens and his Influence on Architectural Style”.

November 14th         Dr. Buckland, , Senior Curator East and Central Asia, The National Museum of Scotland, will discuss the uniquely valuable 17th century Japanese scroll depicting life in ancient Edo (Tokyo) recently discovered in Edinburgh Central Library.
Business Leaders 
January 30th 2014   Dominic Barton, Global Head of McKinsey and Company
March TBA               Xavier Rolet, CEO, The London Stock Exchange
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US Consulate Independence Day Reception 2013

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Young Academy of Scotland member Luke Bisby has been selected as a 2013 Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum. This honour is bestowed by the WEF each year to recognize the most distinguished science leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world.

Luke will be representing the YAS at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013 in Dalian, People's Republic of China. This is the foremost global business gathering in Asia, creating a unique opportunity for exchange between leaders from top-ranked multinationals and chief executive officers of dynamic and fast-growing companies, including key decision-makers from government, media, academia and civil society.

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