Scotland’s top young researchers and practitioners come together to recognise the outstanding talent in its refugee communities and challenge Europe’s other young academies to follow their lead.
A ground-breaking initiative will be launched this week by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) to reserve four membership spaces in each of its next three recruitment rounds for at-risk academics and refugees living in Scotland.
In 2015 well over one million refugees arrived in Europe and the numbers for 2016 are headed in the same direction. One of the biggest challenges facing all European nations is integration. YAS, established in 2011 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to bring together Scotland’s top young thinkers to achieve transformative change, is reserving four spaces, in each of its next three recruitment rounds, for at-risk academics and refugees in recognition of many talented young professionals from these communities who have the potential to make outstanding contributions to the nation’s future prosperity.
Our friends at The Global Young Academy (GYA) are looking for a new Managing Director (MD) to lead the GYA Office hosted at the BBAW in Berlin, Germany. The position is available from 1 September 2016 with a fixed-term contract and the possibility to be extended. The deadline for applications is 17 April 2016.
The GYA empowers early-career researchers to lead international and interdisciplinary initiatives and projects, and to engage in intergenerational dialogue by developing and mobilizing talent from six continents. Our purpose is to promote reason and inclusiveness in global decision-making.
German State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Ms Quennet-Thielen announced funding of the Global Young Academy (GYA) initially for three years.
The announcement was made at the Third International Conference of Young Scientists and General Assembly of the GYA hosted by the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, in Halle, Germany. The support, which involves a partnership with the Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), allows the GYA to expand its activities supporting young researchers.
The announcement was a highlight for the over 100 attendees at the GYA’s annual meeting. “We are deeply grateful for the support we have had in Germany to develop the Global Young Academy,” said Bernard Slippers, co-chair of the GYA from South Africa, “first from the Volkswagen Foundation and now so generously from the Ministry of Education and Research. We at the GYA applaud Germany’s leadership for the advancement of global science, and young scientists in particular.”
Young Academy news as it appeared in the January Fellows' e-Bulletin:
The Young Academy are delighted to report that Drs Karen Lorimer and Rob Jenkins have been selected for membership in the Global Young Academy (GYA). The GYA "aims to empower and mobilize young scientists to address issues of particular importance to early career scientists", and you can read more at http://www.globalyoungacademy.net/.
Matthew Smith is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Research for History at the University of Strathclyde, and a member of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare. Drawn to divisive topics in medicine, his research concentrates on mental health, allergy, food and nutrition, child health and environmental medicine.