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Young Academy member questions MPs at Voices of the Future

Siobhán O’Connor, a lecturer from the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, represented the Young Academy of Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh recently at Voices of the Future 2018. This event offered young research leaders the opportunity to discuss the future of science policy in the UK with senior political figures at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

The annual platform is organised by the Royal Society of Biology and provides early careers researchers with insights and influence into the policy translation process. They get to voice their questions and discuss burning scientific policy issues with key political figures. On 13th March 2018, the Voices of the Future event was held at Portcullis House and streamed live on Parliament TV. It will be broadcast live on BBC Parliament on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 18:00. This provided Siobhán and other young research leaders from across the UK the chance to delve into the complexities of key science policy issues.

YAS responds to Universities Superannuation Scheme dispute


The RSE Young Academy of Scotland have issued a response to the dispute between the University and College Union and Universities UK regarding reforms to the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

YAS welcomes the UUK’s openness to further talks beginning on Monday 5th March in response to new a new set of proposals from UCU. As representatives of a wider body of early- to mid-career staff that includes many academics, who will be disproportionately affected by the proposed reforms to the USS, we are concerned that the solution currently favoured by UUK is one that will most negatively affect the lowest paid University staff, in particular those in fixed-term positions and those with part-time contracts (mainly women). Because pension cuts disproportionally affect individuals who are already disadvantaged in many academic fields, particularly STEM, the proposed changes have the strong potential to contribute to gender and cultural inequality in academic institutions.

Membership applications have now closed


Applications for YAS membership closed on 14 February.

We are happy to announce that we received many high quality application from a wide range of professional and academic fields.  We are now processing these; we expect to notify all applicants of their application results by 1st June 2018.

YAS membership applications open!

YAS membership applications open!

Applications for membership of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) are now open! Application forms may be accessed via the RSE Website here (you will have to register / log in to apply).  A separate form for use only by applicants applying through our 'At-Risk Academic and Refugees' membership scheme may be found here. This year’s application deadline is 14 February 2018.

For information about the application process and membership criteria, please visit the "Applying to Join YAS" page or download the 2016 Recruitment Leaflet.

YAS scientists visit politicians in Westminster


YAS members Silvia Paracchini and Paul Hoskisson are spending a week in Westminster, shadowing parliamentarians and civil servants at the House of Commons. The week (04 – 07 December) is part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science, with support from the Government Science & Engineering (GSE) profession. During their visit Silvia is shadowing Stephen Gethins MP and Paul is shadowing Javier Igartua, an economic advisor to the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs. As well as attending seminars and panel discussions about how evidence is used in policy making, Silvia and Paul will also attend a mock Select Committee.

The visit provides scientists with a behind the scenes insight into how policy is formed and how research can be used to make evidence based decisions. It also gives parliamentarians and civil servants the opportunity to investigate the science behind their decisions and improve their access to scientific evidence.

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Dr. E. Elizabeth Patton is currently a Group Leader at the MRC Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine in Edinburgh, with a specific interest in melanoma. Dr. Patton received a BSc (Honours) degree from King’s College at Dalhousie University and a PhD from the University of Toronto, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and The University of Oxford.

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16 March 2018
Siobhán O’Connor, a lecturer from the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier Universit...