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Young Academy Co-Sponsors International Day of Prison Education

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On 13th October 2016, the Scottish Prison Service celebrated the International Day of Prison Education with a series of learning activities at HMP Barlinnie. The Young Academy’s Working Group “Arts, Humanities & Society” sponsored Glasgow-based “Street Cones” to deliver a morning workshop for some of the men at HMP Barlinnie, culminating in a performance later in the day in front of an audience of peers, staff and representatives of partner organisations.

“Street Cones” is a non-profit organisation consisting of people who have experienced the criminal justice system and who are now engaged in preventive community work with at-risk young people. They have a strong commitment to mentoring and peer support to preclude substance misuse, offending and re-offending behaviour.

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Call for Papers: 2017 Green Finance Conference

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*this event is being co-organised by the Young Academy of Scotland, and YAS member Professor Wenxuan Hou (University of Edinburgh Business School) is a member of the organising committee.

The Shanghai Institute of International Finance Center (SIIFC) at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, the Review of Finance and the University of Edinburgh Business School are organizing the Shanghai Green Finance Conference in 2017. The objective is to present top quality theoretical and empirical academic research on green finance. There is no registration fee for speakers. The conference also includes a forum which brings together key policy makers and top professionals.

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Job vacancy- Young Academy Officer

This is a fixed-term contract of employment (Maternity Cover) from 09 January 2017 to 08 December 2017.
£22,432 per annum
35 hours per week
Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm with 1 hour unpaid for lunch. Occasional work will be required out-with these normal hours

The closing date for applications is Friday 4 November 2016, 5pm.
Interviews will take place during w/c 14 November (date to be confirmed).

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YAS member announces the European Health Award 2016

Siobhán O’Connor, a new member to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, was one of only three young academics hand picked from across Europe to help judge and announce the European Health Award 2016. This prestigious award is presented at the European Health Forum Gastein conference in Austria each year. Siobhán, a lecturer in nursing at Edinburgh Napier University, received a Young Forum Gastein scholarship to attend this high level EU health policy conference to represent Scotland. The scholarship is co-funded by the European Commission and WHO Europe, to enable leading young health professionals to attend and participate in the conference.

Many European projects with a health focus are submitted for the European Health Award and Siobhán joined a panel of prestigious judges including Dr Terje Peetso, Health and Wellbeing Unit of DG CONNECT in the European Commission, Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Albert van der Zeijden, Board Member of the International Forum Gastein, among others to shortlist projects and make the final selection.

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Hawaiian Crow discovery led by YAS Member Dr Christian Rutz

An international team of  scientist led by Christian Rutz MYAS (St Andrews University) has made a fascinating discovery about a rare Hawaiian crow.  The endangered Alalā is an advanced tool-user according to the teams' recent cover story in the leading journal Nature.

Dr Rutz has previously studied another too-using crow species, the New Caledonian crow, which was until recently regarded as a fascintating anomoly by researchers. The discovery of the Alalā's very similar- but seperately evolved- abilities raising the exciting possibility that other, less-studied species of crow might also be tool-users.

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