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The Royal Society of Edinburgh has revealed it Prizewinners for 2016; we are pleased to announce that four of the individuals recognised for their significant contributions to academia are members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

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Two Young Acadmey Members - Dr. Per Ola Kristensson and Dr. Catherine Cazin - have been awarded prizes for the RSE/Makdougall Brisbane Medal (Early Career Prize) this year. Dr. Kristensson

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Science and Higher Education is a discussion taking place as part of the series of events the RSE is taking forward with the British Academy to help enlighten the Constitutional Debate in advance of the independence referendum. This public discussion seminar will address the possible impacts of constitutional change upon Science and Higher education.

This seminar will examine the possible affects of Scottish independence upon the ability and ease with which students are able to cross the border to take up Higher Education opportunities, and how this might affect the accessibility of Higher Education for those in the UK and those in Scotland. The seminar will also look at Research Funding, particularly funding for research in the sciences, and will ask how UK Research Councils will decide to allocate funding in the event of Scotland leaving the UK.

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Young Academy news as it appeared in the May Fellows' e-Bulletin:

With our recent intake of members, a number of new activities are being proposed. For example, discussions are progressing to form Working Groups around the issues of work, employment and markets, and health communication, to name only two. The YAS also appointed Stephanie Magowan as Executive Assistant earlier this month. Stephanie's role supports the work of the YAS and YAS Manager, Lesley Campbell.

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Young Academy news as it appeared in the April Fellows' e-Bulletin:

At the end of this month, the new members of the Young Academy were officially welcomed at an event at the RSE. The day culminated in a panel debate around "Communication between researchers and the media". We are also delighted to report that three members have been recognised in the 2013 RSE Prizes. Congratulations to Marc Dweck, Gordon Pentland and Neil McLennan.

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