About Us

The Young Academy of Scotland brings together entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, teachers and other professionals to work collaboratively for the benefit of society.

Our mission is to help Scotland’s people and policy-makers build a future that is equal, enterprising, sustainable, healthier, smarter and international.

By sharing our knowledge and practical expertise, we investigate pressing social issues, inform public debate, amplify marginalised voices, and drive transformational change. We do this through a wide range of interdisciplinary projects, led by our members.

The Young Academy of Scotland was established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 to provide a platform for innovative young professionals from all areas of academia, business, third sector organisations and public life, to work together to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

Our greatest strength is the diversity of our membership: ranging in age from mid-twenties to early-forties, we come from a wide range of backgrounds and represent communities from all over Scotland. With access to resources and expertise in many different sectors, from animation to brain surgery, we are uniquely positioned to research and tackle complex problems, both short- and long-term.

In our work, we always seek to be creative, collaborative and evidence-based, and our members grow rapidly as leaders as well as citizens during their time with us.

Our activities are coordinated by a member-led Facilitating Group of four annually elected co-chairs and an elected treasurer, together with two members of staff.

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.

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