YAS Spring Plenary 2015

YAS Plenary - 17 April 2015, University of Glasgow

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The Young Academy's Spring Plenary Meeting was held at the University of Glasgow's Senate rooms from 9am-5pm.

Themed "2020 Vision- A YAS 5-Year Strategic Framework," this meeting was centered around creating a strategy plan for the society.  Keynote speakers Professor Miles Padgett, Vice-Principal for Research (Research Strategy and Innovation Office) and Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy (Physics and Astronomy), University of Glasgow, Alastair Maclean, Director of Corporate Governance, City of Edinburgh Council David Grevemburg, Chief Executive Officer, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games all gave short presentations on developing strategies for a variety of different types of organisations.

University-Prison Partnerships in International Perspective

prisons workshopThis event, co-sponsored by the Young Academy of Scotland, brought together academics and professionals involved in, or hoping to develop, university-prison links. Lori Pompa, Founder and Executive Director of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University, Philadelphia, shared her insights and experience alongside Fiona Measham, Director of the UK’s rst Inside-Out prison teaching programme at Durham University. Participants also discussed educational initiatives and prison-university partnerships underway in Scotland. The event successfuly explored a diversity of models, their potential benefits and challenges, in international comparison.

Inside and Outside the Academy: Building Meaningful Relationships between Communities


University of Dundee, Matthew Building Lecture Theatre 5014

16 March 2015

How do academics from the Arts and Humanities collaborate in their research with groups and communities beyond the university? What are the challenges, ethical and practical, to building and sustaining these relationships? How can we ensure that such collaborations benefit the participating communities as well as the researchers, and over periods longer than the duration of specific project grant funding?

 While a minority of academic researchers have always pursued such collaborations, and are mindful of these questions, the Impact agenda has created a renewed incentive for Arts and Humanities researchers to seek out such collaborations with non-academic partners. This both offers opportunities and presents issues that require thought and sensitivity. This workshop, organized and supported by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, aimed to give full discussion of these issues by bringing together a number of academic and non-academic research partners from several disciplines and communities across Scotland to present examples of best practice from recent and ongoing work and to debate questions presented from the floor.

 One of the outcomes of this event was a one page guide to creating effective links with local communities, The Dos And Don’ts Of Building Meaningful Relationships.

Event ran from 10am to 3.00pm and included project presentations from:

  • Karly Kehoe (Glasgow Caledonian University, History) & Janet Baker (Education and Outreach Co-ordinator for High Life Highland) ‘A match made in the Highlands: A historian, an education officer and a school’
  • Chris Daglish (Glasgow University, Archaeology) & Alan Leslie (Northlight Heritage) ‘Cultural heritage, ongoing collaboration and sustainable development’
  • Alison Urie (Director, Vox Liminis) & Fergus McNeill (Glasgow University, Criminology and Social Work) ‘Co-creating learning, Co-creating change’
  • Annie Tindley (Dundee University, History) & Dr Miles Mack (GP, Dingwall & RCGP Scotland), ‘100 Years of remote and rural health care: past, present and future’
  • Alison Phipps (Glasgow University, Languages and Intercultural Studies), ‘ “Fragile, dangerous, beautiful”: When are relationships meaningful? –stories from Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)’

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 SWebb@royalsoced.org.uk



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.

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