Two Young Acadmey Members - Dr. Per Ola Kristensson and Dr. Catherine Cazin - have been awarded prizes for the RSE/Makdougall Brisbane Medal (Early Career Prize) this year. Dr. Kristensson
The Arts & Humanities in Society Working Group of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland is holding a workshop for postgraduate students interesting in pursuing careers beyond academia. The workshop will feature speakers who have made a successful transition from doctoral research into careers outside the higher education sector. Yet they all continue to work with university academics, whether through commissioning research, supporting research careers, holding research fellowships, or teaching on a part-time basis. Dr Carver will open the workshop with a discussion of the AHRC's strategy and approach to researcher development, while the other speakers will offer insights derived from their own experience, with a particular focus on the Scottish context. As a participant, you will be invited to reflect on the skills you are developing as a research student and the ways in which these might translate into competencies in a range of professions.
Have a great idea which could solve a problem facing society? Share it at Edinburgh’s Falling Walls Lab on 29 July 2014 and win a trip to the International Final in Berlin.
As Sri Lanka seeks to rebuild after its turbulent, controversial recent history we welcome His Excellency Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK, to discuss the challenges and opportunities this unique country faces and to explore its strong historical connections with Scotland. Tickets include a reception at the Royal Society after Dr. Nonis' address. - See more here.
Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, delivered the final speech of our series with the title, “A Union Revived”. Ms Davidson used her lecture to argue that the referendum debate provided an opportunity for Scots, and also those living elsewhere in these islands, to look again at what Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom gain from their 300-year old partnership.
Ms Davidson opened her speech by reflecting that David Hume’s call for scepticism and empiricism struck a chord with Conservative beliefs, but that they contrasted with the ‘razzle dazzle’ of the nationalist cause. This, she suggested, was a contrast all the stronger with the United Kingdom often unwilling to wear its patriotism on its sleeve.