Workshop: The Scottish Approach to Comm-unity

In July 2013 the Young Academy of Scotland hosted an event entitled “Addressing Hate & Violence: The Scottish Experience of Communities and Complexities” which was attended by over 50 delegates from across Scotland, including public and third sectors and community-based practitioners.  Delegates heard from key speakers, including the Scottish Government, and discussed their experience of dealing with challenges facing Scotland’s diverse communities. Please see the report from this event here.

This workshop will be smaller, allowing for focused discussions to take place among decision-makers and community practitioners.

Attendance is by invitiation only, but more details and a report will be available after the event.

YAS Dec Plenary

15 December - Royal Society of Edinburgh, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Arts and Humanities at the Parliament

This event will discuss the question "How can Arts and Humanities research and practice contribute to Scotland’s future by helping to address the challenges facing our AHsociety?". By showcasing inspiring projects and initiatives which have put theory into practice, realising the collaboration- and capacity-building potential of cultural and creative work. The event also aims to foster public discussion of the contribution of the Humanities and Arts in relation to major societal challenges, and of how we might realise that contribution better in a post-Referendum Scotland.    


Event Name: Arts and Humanities at the Parliament

Venue: Fairfax Somerville Room, The Scottish Parliament

Time: 6pm -8pm

Date: 8 October 2014





18:00                  Welcome: Anne Schwan,RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), Clare Adamson MSP, Humza Yousaf  MSP

18:10                  Panel Discussion


Aileen Fyfe (YAS) – Chair


Rob Dunbar (University of Edinburgh)

Fiona Watson (University of the Highlands and Islands)

Pauline McLean (BBC Scotland)

Chris Whatley (University of Dundee)


Chris Dalglish (YAS) – Closing remarks


19:00        Exhibition/Networking - 8 projects and organisations will be on display around the room with canapés and wine available.

20:00        Close


Industry - Enterprise Networking


"Connecting Scotland's Entrepreneurial Network"

This unique event brings together the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), RSE Young Academy of Scotland, Saltire Foundation and other start-up and knowledge transfer organizations.

Aim of the event:

·        Pitch style format to stimulate and encourage interaction between attendees

·        To connect, raise awareness of Scotland's entrepreneurial network

·        To understand how a global entrepreneurial network can work together to generate economic growth for Scotland

Are you looking for feedback on your commercial venture? Are you looking for a board position? Are you interested in learning about the entrepreneurial activities that are going on in Scotland today?

Numbers are limited so please register for this event now and indicate if you wish to deliver a business or individual 1’ Pitch.

Location: Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6QE

Date: 2 October 2014


Time: 6-10pm

To register please contact Sam at



The RSE Young Academy of Scotland AGM will take place on the 28th August at the University of Dundee. Watch this space for more details.

New Member Induction

New members will be inducted at the Royal Society of Edinburgh buildings from 10:00-14:00 on the 26th August. More information will be sent out to new members about this in due course.

Building a Career beyond Academia: How to use your Arts & Humanities Research and Skills



Building a Career beyond Academia: How to use your Arts & Humanities Research and Skills

This workshop, targeted at current and recently graduated doctoral students, was held on 12 May 2014 at Glasgow Caledonian University. It was organised by the Arts & Humanities in Society Working Group of the Young Academy of Scotland.

Please see the full report of the event here.

Open Data in Government, Innovation and Research

More data have been collected in recent years than in previous human history, and can be instantaneously communicated - including cancer patient DNA sequences, traffic accident reports, academic publications, or the contents of your inbox. Indeed, data sharing has the potential to touch every aspect of our lives, simultaneously raising concerns and offering huge benefits. For example, growth in the private sector is stimulated by access to public data. Where and how do openness and concealment meet? What makes large datasets a gold-mine or landfill? How can Open Data work for business? Who should have access and why?

A panel of experts bring diverse viewpoints to the debate:Open Data

- Geoffrey Boulton OBE, FRS, FRSE, DSc, PhD, Chair, Royal Society Policy Report on 'Science as an Open Enterprise'

- David Carr, Policy Adviser, The Wellcome Trust

- William St. Clair FBA, FRSL, PhD, Chairman of the Board at Open Book Publishers

- Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician at the Scottish Government

- Donald Taylor, Lead Software Specialist at Selex ES

6:45 for 7pm until 8:30pm on 21st March 2014 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, George St., Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

This is a free ticketed public event, hosted by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland Open Data Working Group. To reserve a place please contact Sam Webb: or write to the above address.

Our Members

Alexander (Sasha) Kagansky is a Chancelor’s Fellow at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, and leads the research at the Synthetic Epigenetics Lab, Chromosomes and Gene Expression Section of the IGMM.
In 2005 – 2012 Sasha worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, as a postdoctoral research associate (Robin Allshire lab, until 2010) and then as senior research associate (Bill Earnshaw lab). Research in his lab is aimed at the understanding of the molecular basis of the epigenetic transitions of the mammalian genomes, and at finding ways to control these transitions, which will be crucial for the future of molecular medicine. In his studies he combines genetics, synthetic biology, biochemistry and proteomics. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2004 after spending 3 years in National Institutes of Health in USA. In 1998 he got his MS in Biophysics from from St.Petersburg State Polytechnical University in Russia.

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