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YAS highlights importance of Freedom of Movement in wake of Parliamentary Brexit vote

Following the rejection of the Government’s proposed EU-withdrawal deal in the House of Commons, YAS has urged the UK Government to dispense with its “red line” on the ending of freedom of movement.  In a position statement, YAS recommended the Government renew negotiations with the EU with an open mind to reach an acceptable outcome and avoid the damaging consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

YAS member Andy Gardner said ‘“No majority has voted for an end to freedom of movement, either in the 2016 EU referendum, or in the 2017 General Election, or in any Parliamentary vote. Freedom of movement is a precious, reciprocal right that mutually benefits the individual and the country in which they choose to make their home. It is crucial for the continued vitality of the UK — and Scotland in particular.”

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YAS member organising workshop on Economics of Crime and Policing

YAS member Theodore Koutmeridis is organising a workshop on the Economics of Crime and Policing, held at the London School of Economics and Political Science's (LSE) Centre for Economic Performance on November 15th & 16th, 2018.

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Nursing Stories from the First World War

The Women's Emergency Corps on the Western Front, 1914-1918© IWM (Q 2660)

The Young Academy of Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh will co-host Nursing Stories from the First World War: A Conversation with Diane AtkisonThis free event is being held on 9th November 2018 from 6 - 7:15pm at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ)

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Young Academies Release Statement in Response to ‘Plan S’ on Open Access of Scientific Output

Publicly funded research output should neither be hidden behind paywalls nor be a ‘pay-to-publish’ game. This is one of the core tenets of the Position Statement titled ‘Opportunities and Challenges for Implementing Plan S – The View of Young Academies’, which is the result of discussions among several European young academies and the Global Young Academy (GYA). The joint Statement was released on 15 October 2018.
According to the Statement, ‘We consider Plan S as a bold step that has the potential to be a game-changer in making European science open and setting an example globally on how publicly funded research is published, in particular its requirement that the copyright remains with the author and that licences adhere to the Berlin Declaration.’

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YAS urges policymakers to protect the Health and Wellbeing of Scotland's people in Brexit negotiations

MPs and MSPs should act to protect the interests of Scotland during Brexit negotiations – according to a new report by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

The report, titled BREXIT: The Impact on Scotland, Health and Wellbeing Edition, has been published six months before the March 2019 deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from Europe and makes a total of 19 recommendations for politicians and policy makers in Scotland.

Scotland’s leading young entrepreneurs, professionals and academics have published a report consisting of 9 articles on the impact of the Brexit vote on health and wellbeing in Scotland.

Each article in the report seeks to assess how communities, organisations and policymakers might face up to the challenges presented by Brexit in Scotland and how to make the best of any opportunities.

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Elizabeth graduated with an Honours degree in Genetics from the University of Aberdeen and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2001 where she worked on Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

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16 January 2019
Following the rejection of the Government’s proposed EU-withdrawal deal in the House of Commons, YAS...