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Report: Voice of the Future 2013

The Young Academy was invited by the Society of Biology to attend VOICE OF THE FUTURE 2013. This event, held at the House of Commons, represented a unique opportunity for young scientists and engineers to participate in a Science Question Time with Members of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science & Technology, the Minister of Science, the Shadow Minister of Science and the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser.

Mirela Delibegovic and Lisa DeBruine represented the Young Academy at this meeting and compiled the following account of this event.

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Three Young Academy Members win RSE Prizes

Three Young Academy members are recognised in the 2013 list of RSE Prize winners announced on 22 March.  The Young Academy members received Early Career Prizes - in academia an early career is defined as “a researcher with a minimum of two years postdoctoral work experience and no more than ten years postdoctoral work experience”. Outwith academia early career is defined as “those who have already demonstrated outstanding ability in their work and professional practice within thirteen years of graduation.”

The prize winners and their respective medals are

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RSE Young Academy of Scotland Welcomes 50 New Members

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 50 new members. They will join the 68 existing members from April 1st.  Almost two hundred applications were received for membership. These were considered by RSE Fellows and the trustees of the Young Academy including its Co-Chairs.  The new members, 26 women and 24 men, range in ages from 28 to 43.  Practitioners and academics are represented and a variety of disciplines are covered including: photography; government; archaeology; astrobiology; robotic systems; obesity; and human rights.

Chris O’Sullivan, one of four Young Academy co-chairs commented, “I speak for all members of the Young Academy in welcoming the successful applicants. The new members are based in institutions and organisations across Scotland, and come from a range of disciplines. The quality of applications was extremely high, from both academic and professional fields, and it is exciting to see the Young Academy growing. Over the past eighteen months the Young Academy has developed work streams in health, education, equality and constitutional reform, areas in which many applicants felt they had a contribution to make. We look forward to the added value that the new members will bring to the work programmes we have, and to the new ideas and experiences they will contribute.”

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YAS Member Leads New Project to Develop Artificial Liver

Young Academy member leads work to create an artificial liver for use in drug development

Scientists at Heriot-Watt University are working towards creating the world’s first artificial human livers for drug testing to drastically cut the number of live animals used and get life-saving medicines into the clinic faster. Young Academy of Scotland member Dr Will Shu is leading the Heriot-Watt University team in the £100,000 project.

Working closely with Roslin Cellab, the team aims to demonstrate how an artificial liver, created using human cells, could become a new testing platform for drug discovery and development.

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Asif Ishaq
Hi Will, this is fabulous news. Hope the effort reaps the rewards.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
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YAS members amongst RSE prize-winners

Three members of the Young Academy of Scotland were included in the RSE’s list of prize-winners this August. Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall (University of Dundee) received the RSE/Patrick Neil Medal, the early career prize in the field of life sciences, for her outstanding research work, leadership skills and public engagement activities. Dr Rob Jenkins (University of Glasgow) and Dr Sharon Ashbrook (University of St Andrews) shared the RSE/Makdougall Brisbane Medal, which recognises the excellent achievements of early career researchers in the physical sciences.

Full details of the RSE's 2012 prize winners can be found here.

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