Is Scotland different on matters of race and migration?

In association with the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network at the University of Edinburgh, the Young Academy of Scotland presented an afternoon of research and discussion on Scotland's attitudes and towards race and migration.


The Power of Data Analytics


"The Power of Data Analytics: Murder, Gambling and Infectious Disease"

Our world is increasingly flooded with data of all types, but without the correct mathematical and statistical thinking, we may be led to make false conclusions when chance events occur. In this pair of one-hour events, statistical experts will highlight the fascinating role of the statistician in the everyday process of weighing noisy evidence and making good decisions.

Date: 9th June, 10am-12pm

Venue: Boyd Orr, room LT2, University of Glasgow

Speakers: Liberty Vittert and Christl Donnelly

This event is organised as part of the Glasgow Science Festival and intended for pupils in S4-S6 studying science and/or maths.

The event is supported and organised by the YAS Education in Excellence working group, the Royal Statistical Society and the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow.

To register click here.

Humans and Amoebae


On Thursday 8th June 2017, Professor Fiona Henriquez, YAS member and Professor of Parasitology at the University of the West of Scotland will be presenting her Inaugural Lecture, 'Humans and Amoebae: A complicated relationship in our Health and in the Environment'.

A hot drinks reception will be held in P123/125 at 7pm with the lecture commencing at 7:30pm in P118, The Coats Building, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus.

To register please click here.


What will Brexit mean for UK Food Safety Policy?


The Young Academy of Scotland’s Food and Drink Working Group is co-hosting a seminar with the Food Researchers in Edinburgh [FRIED] network at the University of Edinburgh and welcomes YAS members and the public to this event. The event is free, no booking required. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have queries about the event, please contact Dr Valeria Skafida at

Title:                     What will Brexit mean for UK food safety policy?

Speaker(s):         Professor Erik Millstone (University of Sussex)

Date and Time: 26th Apr 2017 15:30 - 17:00

Location:             Conference Room, ECCI, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, EH1 1LZ

Abstract:             Brexit will be hugely disruptive for UK food and agricultural policies, including food safety policy.  No one knows how the upheaval will conclude; not even UK ministers.  This presentation will draw on the experience of the last major watershed in UK food safety policy, namely the BSE crisis, and illustrate the potential impacts of Brexit by drawing on competing models of how scientific and political considerations contribute to food safety policy-making. A range of competing scenarios will be outlined, and the factors influencing the eventual outcome will be explored.  Differences in the approaches of the UK government and the Scottish government will be highlighted.

Life Science for Good


On the 13th March, members of the Industry Working Group are working with EthosBioUK CIC to host an event with a competitive pitching angle.

"A new movement of entrepreneurs is emerging that value social impact as highly as the bottom line. Can this profit with purpose business model be adopted by companies working in the life sciences sector?

We want to start the discussion and explore how Scotland can nurture socially conscious entrepreneurs with life science business ideas and invite the community to take part.

We also invite start-ups to present and promote their technology with a socially conscious angle. The winner will receive a £500 award."

To register for the event and to find out more details about the pitching competition visit the event page here.

The event will be held at the University of Edinburgh’s Business School Auditorium (29 Buccleuch Pl. Edinburgh EH8 9JS).

StartEDIN Lifescience event


On the 25th January, StartEDIN are holding aStartEdin logo Lifesciences event which intends to encourage collaboration and the exchange of ideas between the tech and life sciences enterprises. One of the aims of the event will be to increase awareness of the successes of tech acitivity in Edinburgh. Elizabeth Fairley, co-lead of the Young Academy of Scotland Health & Wellbeing working group is organising the event with the support of the Industry working group; you can contact Elizabeth directly at

Speakers at this event include Clare Wareing, Founder of IpOncology and Phillip Cowley, Head of Chemistry at IOmet Pharma. This free event will take place in the evening at the City Chambers in Edinburgh. To register please visit their Eventbrite page here.

Elizabeth Fairley, co-lead of the Health & Wellbeing working group is organising with the support of the Industry working group

Winter Plenary Meeting 2016

EU Image9.30-17.00

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The theme of the December Plenary Meeting is Brexit: What is in Scotland's National Interest? At this meeting, we will explore where YAS can engage with and contribute to the implementation of Brexit, in order to obtain the best outcome for Scotland, for researchers and professionals based in Scotland, and for the UK. We hope to develop projects that make a valuable and informed input to strategic decision making, as well as making a major contribution to public understanding. 

Guest speakers to be confirmed.

Science in Cervantes and Shakespeare's times

*Please note that this event is now beginning at 6pm, not 7pm as previously stated*


by Prof. Francisco A. Gonzalez Redondo (Complutense University of Madrid). Hosted by Javier Escudero Rodriguez MYAS for the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU).

University of Edinburgh-David Hume Tower, room LG06, George Square - Edinburgh

Monday 17th October, 6pm.

This year we are commemorating the 4th Centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare.  As a part of the celebrations, we have invited Dr Francisco A González Redondo, Professor of History of the Science in the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, for a talk on the 17th of October. He will offer a detailed analysis of the European and Spanish Science before, during and after Cervantes’ and Shakespeare’s lives (1547-1616).This period is comprised within the Copernican Revolution, a time for the study and development of the Copernicus’ heliocentric vision of the Cosmos. It also includes the work of Galileo, Kepler, Newton, etc. setting the basis for the Scientific Revolution, a time when Europe would give a new dimension to the inheritance received from the Classical World.


 This is a free event.  To book a place please contact Javier (


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