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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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StartEDIN Event Success!

Last week, two of the Young Academy’s working groups – Health & Wellbeing and Industry – helped to organise an event at the Edinburgh City Chambers about tech and lifesciences enterprises with StartEDIN. Over 60 people attended the event, which included interactive sessions and discussions as well as speakers from IOMet Pharma and IpOncology. You can see a full blog post about the event and photos here.

For any enquiries or if you're interested in similar future events please get in touch with Elizabeth Fairley at elizabeth@efbservices.co.uk

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Young Academy of Scotland Position Statement on Brexit

Members of the Young Academy of Scotland have released a position statement on Brexit. The statement calls on the UK Government to "prioritise maintaining the significant gains from the UK's membership of the European Union."

You can read the full statement, For a Progressive and Open Society, here.

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Silent Histories – Refugees in Scotland: past, present and future


In December 2015, the Arts, Humanities & Society Working Group of the Young Academy of Scotland was awarded funding to deliver a project tackling one of the key global issues, not just of our time, but of all history – the movement of peoples fleeing war, persecution, famine and other dangers.

This is a huge global issue, with social, political, economic and cultural ramifications, but the group wanted to make whatever contribution it could, however small. Inspired by the recent arrival of a small group of Syrian refugees in Scotland, the group thought about how they, and other refugees, might best be supported into their new lives in this country. As arts, humanities and social science scholars we were aware of the long history of refugees in Scotland, and so the project developed video exploring the ‘Silent History’ of refugees in Scotland, with an accompanying pack of school resources, aimed at 8-11+ year olds.

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