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Universities Family Visit Day

An exciting new project begins for YAS next month, YAS members, Dr Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas and Debora Kayembe have organised a Universities Family Visit Day for refugee and minorities families.

The event is co-hosted by the University of Heriott Watt, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and Honorary Fellow at the DIPM, and the University of Edinburgh.

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YAS Spring Plenary 2017

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On the 20th April, the Young Academy of Scotland held its first Plenary meeting of 2017 at the Scottish Government buildings in Edinburgh. The theme of this Spring Plenary was: For a Progressive and Open Society: A YAS Routemap. The day included a Horizon Scanning workshop, led and organised by YAS members who were experts in the subject, in addition to discussion and reflection on YAS’ current projects and activities.  

We were delighted that Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, was able to welcome us officially to the Scottish Government buildings during our morning session and answer some of our questions. She spoke to the membership about being bold and challenging, encouraging us to be free-thinking. She urged YAS, “to be fluid and challenging… [rather than] boxed in by political constraints.”

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Congratulations to YAS' Rising Star, Dr Koutmeridis

Congratulations to YAS member, Dr Theodore Koutmeridis on receiving the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) for his interdisciplinary project, "Inequality, Conflict and Violence."

The project connects economics to applied social science research methods and evidence-based policymaking on the issues of inequality, criminal behaviour, conflict and violence. This prestigious award will allow Dr Koutmeridis to form an Early Career Network on the subject to facilitate and encourage conversation and ideas between experts, academics, businesspersons and policy stakeholders.

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Politicians & Professionals 2017

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Earlier this week, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, concluded the last of the David Hume Institute’s Politicians & Professionals series. The Young Academy of Scotland supports the series along with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, the Law Society of Scotland, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Faculty of Advocates.

 

This year, the series invited the five leaders of Scotland’s political parties represented in Scottish Parliament to give speeches and take part in an audience Q&A focused on the context of Brexit and the Scottish local elections.

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An Interview with YAS Member, Dr Paracchini

Last month, AcademiaNet interviewed one of our own members, Dr Silvia Paracchini, about her work in the field of Dyselxia and genetics.

Dr Paracchini's main interest is in dyslexia and identifying and mapping the genes that contribute to the disorder. You can read the full interview on AcadmiaNet here.

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Jess Enright is a lecturer researching mathematical and computational methods to understand and optimise networks, with a focus on agricultural networks. She has recently worked on networks that describe how cattle and sheep move around Britain, as well as how farms contact each other geographically and via wind movement.

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29 May 2017
An exciting new project begins for YAS next month, YAS members, Dr Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas and Debo...