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Rewriting the Headlines

Our blog, Research the Headlines, is delighted to announce that is received funding from the British Academy to carry out an exciting new project from now until March 2016. The 'Rewrite the Headlines' competition will aim to "raise awareness of, and engage young people in, the critical consumption of research that may impact their lives."

Read more about this on their website here. Watch this space and follow their Facebook and Twitter pages for more details!

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Young Academies from across Europe criticise proposed cuts to EU research budgets

In an open letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, various Young Academies from around Europe have expressed deep concern about proposed cuts to the EU research budget, Horizon 2020. The proposal strikes particularly hard against young researchers. In an intiative led by the Young Academy of Sweden, the young academies of Belgium, Denmark, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland and Scotland have all signed the letter.

The funds divested from Horizon 2020 are intended to finance the new investment fund European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). While the academies agree that new initiatives are necessary to address the current financial crisis, cutting back on science to fund such initiatives will only harm the Union’s economy further, with particularly severe consequences in the long-term. As such, the proposal is directly counterproductive. Indeed, science provides the increased knowledge about ourselves and our world that generates novel inventions and solutions to societal challenges. New discoveries, insights and innovations are fundamental building blocks for prosperity.

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YAS Member Awarded OBE

At the start of this year YAS member Professor Graeme Malcolm was awarded with an OBE. We asked him a few questions about what it was like to receiving this honour and what motivates him in his working life.

 

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European Young Academies criticise disbanding of Chief Scientific Adviser in open letter to the President of the EU Commission

In an initiative led by the Young Academy of Sweden, with support from the Young Academies of Europe, Scotland and Poland, an open letter has been sent to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. The letter criticizes the decision to abolish the position of Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).

Read the full letter here.

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Scots Sharing Aspirational Advice

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Many areas of young people's lives benefit from having high aspirations;  education, employability, physical and mental health, citizenship and safer and stronger communities.   What advice made you aim high?  What advice would you give to raise a young person's aspirations? 

Between the 5th of January (the day schools return from holidays) and the 28th of April (the first day of Scottish schools exams) the Young Academy of Scotland are asking all Scots to share a piece of advice to young people that will help them aim high, dream big, lift their aspirations and achieve their hopes and goals.  This can be new words of wisdom or the piece of advice which most motivated you. Together, everyone can lift up young people's aspirations and make them happen. 

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Nikki Moran is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, with expertise in the study of music as social interaction. Her projects draw specialist music skills together with empirical methods, including both movement analysis and ethnographic fieldwork. At Edinburgh, Nikki led the development of a new undergraduate degree programme.

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