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Members address issue of single-use plastic in #ReducePlasticTips campaign

by Silvia Paracchini, Jess Enright, Heidi Burdett, and Emilie Combet

In December, the Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) turned their eyes to plastics, in line with their “Sustainable” theme.

In a snap Twitter campaign, members explored what each of us could do, focusing on a tricky month.

Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year, but it is also the worse one for generating plastic waste; just consider the quantity of plastic presents in plastic packaging, in plastic wraps, carried in plastic bags. Throughout December, YAS members shared their tips and ideas, under the #ReducePlasticTips hashtag on Twitter.

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“We have all become aware of this problem and people have started changing their behaviours in their everyday actions. But are we doing as much as we can? We use so much plastic that we do not even realise it. By sharing our own ways to tackling plastic consumption, we can all learn from each other, adjust what we do on a daily basis and maybe inspire others.”  said Silvia Paracchini, who led the initiative.

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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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A One Health Approach to Tackle Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite which can be very dangerous to those with compromised immune systems.

On 4 April, YAS held an interdisciplinary workshop to discuss the current impact of toxoplasmosis in the UK and how we might prioritise areas for prevention and control strategies.

Several questions are driving the need for this event:

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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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by Silvia Paracchini, Jess Enright, Heidi Burdett, and Emilie CombetIn December, the Young Academy o...