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In December 2015, the Arts, Humanities & Society Working Group of the Young Academy of Scotland was awarded funding to deliver a project tackling one of the key global issues, not just of our time, but of all history – the movement of peoples fleeing war, persecution, famine and other dangers.

This is a huge global issue, with social, political, economic and cultural ramifications, but the group wanted to make whatever contribution it could, however small. Inspired by the recent arrival of a small group of Syrian refugees in Scotland, the group thought about how they, and other refugees, might best be supported into their new lives in this country. As arts, humanities and social science scholars we were aware of the long history of refugees in Scotland, and so the project developed video exploring the ‘Silent History’ of refugees in Scotland, with an accompanying pack of school resources, aimed at 8-11+ year olds.

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RSE Young Academy of Scotland Welcomes 44 New Members

New cohort of members includes outstanding members of Scotland’s refugee community

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 44 new members.  These members will make up the fourth intake cohort and join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership’. The group comprising 25 women and 19 men in their early-to-mid careers from across Scotland, will bring a range of important and diverse skills to YAS.

For the first time in YAS’s history, the cohort includes four members who have been appointed through YAS’s At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative.  The ARAR initiative was launched this year to recognise young professionals of outstanding talent from Scotland’s refugee and migrant communities. Going forward, four spaces will be reserved for at-risk academics and refugees in each of the academy’s next two recruitment rounds.

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Applications for YAS Membership Now Open

Applications for membership of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) are now open, and application forms may be accessed via the RSE Website here (you will have to register / log in to apply).  A separate form for use only by applicants applying through our refugee professionals / at- risk scholars' membership scheme may be found here. This year’s application deadline is 29 April 2016.

Applications are sought from early to mid-career professionals (mid 20s to early 40s) who have demonstrated a high level of excellence in their work, along with a breadth of engagement beyond their workplace to benefit not only their profession but also society in general.  This is the primary criterion for selection.

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YAS launches At-Risk Academic and Refugee Member Initiative

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. 

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On 10-11 December 2015, the Global Young Academy (GYA) and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts will hold an interdisciplinary young experts meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on the refugee crisis to develop a vision document based on the latest evidence. The goal of this meeting on "Fresh Scientific Eyes on the Refugee Crisis" is to provide policy-makers and committed citizens with key insights and potential approaches to address aspects of the current refugee crisis.

YAS member Karly Kehoe, who is also a member of the GYA is involved in organising this meeting.  Another YAS member Jeffrey Murer, will participate and represent YAS at this conference.

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