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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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YAS member joins Ideas Hub 2018 at the Wellcome Collection

Siobhan O’Connor a member of the Young Academy of Scotland has participated in the first Ideas Hub run by the Welcome Collection in London. The Ideas Hub is a week-long programme of activities and workshops exploring the links between science, medicine, life and art.

A mix of scientists and artists from different backgrounds were selected to spend a week together at the Wellcome Collection from 3-7th September 2018. The group experienced inspiring talks and workshops, undertook creative challenges and visited thought provoking organisations to inspire transdisciplinary collaborations. A host of topics from inclusive design to climate change and medical morality were explored among others.

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YAS member co-authors report on 'Engaging with Parliament'

New YAS member and Director of the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) Dr Allison Jackson has co-authored a report for academics who wish to engage with both the Scottish Parliament and Westminster.

The report provides an explanation on how the UK and Scottish Parliaments work and outlines a variety of ways citizens can engage with both bodies. This includes advice on contacting MPs and MSPs and guidelines for writing a good committee submission. The report also contains a list of programmes and organisations that help academics gain policy experience, including the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. While the report is primarily aimed at researchers, it would be of interest to any professionals who are interested in the ways the UK and Scottish Parliaments work, and who wish to engage with policymakers.

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Young Academy members perform at Edinburgh Festival

The 2018 Edinburgh festival will see three YAS members and one Emeritus YAS members participate and perform in educational shows.  These shows are:

But Where Are You Really From? YAS member Pinar Aksu will perform in this one-hour play, which explores identity, culture, labels and stories of migration.  Just Festival / World Spirit Theatre 24-25 August 19:15, Hall at St John's. Pinar is also involved in producing, but not performing in, a second play with this company, Connected Lives.Picking Over the Bones of the Past YAS member and paleontologist Steve Brusatte will discuss his best-selling book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs at this Edinburgh Book Festival Event. 26 August 10:30am, Spark Theatre, George Streeet.Big Bucks for Big Bosons: What's the Point of the Large Hadron Collider? YAS member Victoria Martin, one of Peter Higgs' undergraduate students, is leader of the Higgs boson research team at the University of Edinburgh. She will discuss the LHC, the Higgs boson and what is the point of continuing to run the world's largest and more expensive experiment.  Skeptics on the Fringe, 13 August, 19.30, The Banshee Labyrinth.What Keeps You Sharp? Emeritus YAS Member and Former co-chair Alan Gow will explore how our thinking skills change through midlife and beyond, and whether our lifestyles affect those changes. The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. 7 August 20:10  &  16 August 13:30, New Town TheatreBrain Training on Trial Emeritus YAS Member Alan Gow examines a variety of games promising to protect peoples' thinking skills as they get older.  Audience members will act as prosecution, defence and jury as we examine the claims that brain training games protect your brain. Skeptics on the Fringe, 20 August, 19.30, The Banshee Labyrinth.

There are many more fun, educational and informative Edinburgh festival events for those interested in science, history, culture, and social issues.  For an overview of some of these events, please visit Research the Headlines' Research the Fringe post.

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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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Pinar Aksu is a Community Development Officer and a theatre maker. With years of experience, Pinar works with an integration network in Glasgow, coordinating projects for welcoming asylum seekers and refugees in the community.

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