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

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

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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James Blake is Director of the Centre of Media and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University where he is also the Programme Leader for BA Television and a Senior Lecturer in TV production and broadcast journalism.

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New YAS member and Director of the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) Dr Allison J...