Welcome to the Young Academy of Scotland

We bring together young professionals from all sectors to work together on projects that benefit Scotland and the world.

Our Work

Meet Our Members

Victoria Loughlan
She designs and delivers interactive and visual ‘big picture thinking’ sessions for senior officials. These sessions focus on addressing key policy challenges, teasing out their interdependencies, and situating them in their global context.

Join Us

We recruit new members every 2 years.  Our next recruitment round will open in January 2022.

about membership

Strategic Themes

Discover our six Strategic Themes and our work in these areas

Grand Challenges

Explore the five Grand Challenge’s we’ve committed to focussing our work around for the next two years.

Charter for Responsible Debate

Learn about our project to create a Charter for Responsible Debate.

More information

YAS delivers projects to help Scotland’s people and policy-makers build a future that is equal, enterprising, sustainable, healthier, smarter and international. By sharing our expertise and research, we investigate pressing social issues, inform public debate, amplify marginalised voices, and drive transformational change.

We currently have 134 members, who range in age from mid-twenties to early forties. Members are selected by application and remain for a period of five years.

Within the bounds of our membership criteria, YAS seeks to maximise the diversity of its membership.  In particular, we emphasise the importance of a breadth of regional, disciplinary and gender representation.  YAS is uniquely interdisciplinary, with members coming from all areas of academia, business, third sector organisations and public life.

We are part of a growing global network of Young Academies, and we regularly engage with our worldwide sister young academies to share knowledge, support one another, and work on international projects.