Our membership currently stands at 134, with members joining for 5 years.

We aim for a gender-balanced membership, we are currently 56% female, and current members are aged between 26 and 48.  The average age on appointment is 36.

To see who our members are you can browse and search ‘Our Members’.

At the end of their 5 year term, YAS members are encouraged to become Emeritus members, to remain connected with YAS, participate in events and activities, and share their advice and experience with current members.

Our next recruitment drive is in January 2022. For information about membership criteria and the application process, please visit our ‘Become a Member’ page.

Benefits of Being a Member

Some of the benefits of a Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) membership include:

  • The opportunity to meet and network with individuals and organisations to influence policy
  • Meet and work with other members from a variety of disciplines, organisations and interests
  • The chance to make your voice heard on key issues affecting Scotland’s future
  • Access to small-grant funding from the RSE and YAS
  • A mentoring scheme linking members of the YAS with Fellows of the RSE
  • Use of the Fellows’ Room in the RSE building in Edinburgh and use of other rooms for meetings/events

What Our Members Say

“People working in universities, public service, the private sector and third sectors are all involved, which means the issues addressed and the debates revolving around them are both timely and diverse.”

Martyn Pickersgill

“YAS has allowed me to extend my professional network and meet many interesting people from different sectors­— this has led to several collaborations. I’ve also had the opportunity to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs through presenting my work in schools.”

Mhairi Towler

“Whilst my ‘everyday job’ brings me into contact with a range of people, they are all health focused. My membership created opportunities for wonderfully engaging conversations with academics and non-academics from a much wider variety of backgrounds.”

Karen Lorimer