The Young Academy of Scotland was established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 and is the first and (currently) only Young Academy in the United Kingdom, the membership currently stands at 126. 

Our members 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.

Our mission is to:

Foster interdisciplinary activities among emerging leaders from the disciplines of science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society. Established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011, the Young Academy provides a platform for able and innovative young entrepreneurs, professionals and academics to develop a coherent and influential voice, and to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

Our activities are coordinated by a Facilitating Group of four annually elected co-chairs and an elected treasurer, with further assistance from dedicated RSE support staff. The Young Academy also benefits from guidance from Fellows of the RSE.

 

Our Members

Andy Gardner is an evolutionary biologist at the University of St Andrews. His work lies at the interface of theoretical population genetics and behavioural ecology, and focuses on social evolution. Andy is fascinated by Darwinian adaptation: natural selection expains the appearance of design in the living world, but there remains controversy as to whether this design manifests at the level of genes, individuals or whole societies.

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18 May 2018
James Blake and Siobhán O’Connor from the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier Univers...