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YAS Welcomes 53 New Members

 

YAS Welcomes 53 New Members

 

New cohort of members includes outstanding members of Scotland’s Refugee Community

 

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 53 new members.  The group, comprising 31 women and 22 men in their early-to-mid careers from across Scotland, make up the fifth intake cohort of new members since YAS was founded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011.  They will join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership’. 

The cohort includes three members who have been appointed through YAS’s At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative.  The ARAR initiative was launched in 2016 to recognise young professionals of outstanding talent from Scotland’s refugee and displaced migrant communities. YAS has committed to reserving membership spaces for at-risk academics and refugees in its recruitment rounds until at least 2020.

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YAS member leads historical 'A Night in a Scottish Internment Camp' experience

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YAS member Anne Schwan is leading a multi-disciplinary series of performances at venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Hawick in June.

Produced by Edinburgh Napier University and  featuring Music and Acting students and graduates, the shows will bring the history of WWI internment to life in accessible yet thought-provoking ways. The performances will be followed by a Q&A. This production is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and received some coverage in newspapers and the BBC.

Dates and ticket information is available below.

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YAS members launch “Our Future Scotland” film at Scottish Parliament

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James Blake and Siobhán O’Connor from the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University launched a short film called “Our Future Scotland ” at Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

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YAS member Siobhan O’Connor receives an Impact Award from the RCN Foundation

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Siobhán O’Connor, a YAS member and Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, received an Impact Award from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation recently for her research into the history of nursing informatics. She spent the last 12 months exploring the life and work of Derek Hoy, a Scottish nurse who pioneered technology in the NHS.

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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.

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Verena Rieser is a assistant professor in the Interaction Lab at Heriot-Watt University Computer Science department. Trained as a computational linguist, Verena has applied her expertise in machine learning and natural language processing to several areas of artificial intelligence, including spoken dialogue systems, natural language generation, sentiment analysis and computational sustainability. She also works closely with industry in bringing speech technology to the market.

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