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MSPs and YAS members pair up for evidence-based policymaking

New programme brings together MSPs and young researchers and professionals to promote evidence-based policy solutions

A group of young researchers and professionals will enter Holyrood today as part of a new pairing scheme which encourages constructive relationships between policymakers and emerging leaders from across Scotland’s academic and professional domains.

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Young Academy member questions MPs at Voices of the Future 2019

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Siobhán O’Connor, a Lecturer in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh, represented the Young Academy of Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh recently at Voices of the Future 2019. This event offered young research leaders the opportunity to discuss the future of science policy in the UK with senior political figures at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

The annual platform is organised by the Royal Society of Biology and provides early careers researchers with insights and influence into the policy translation process. They get to voice their questions and discuss burning scientific policy issues with key political figures. On 12th March 2019, the Voices of the Future event was held in Committee Room 14 at the Place of Westminster and streamed live on Parliament TV. This provided Siobhán and others young leaders in science from across the UK the chance to delve into the complexities of key policy issues.

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I am a Reader in Philosophy and Head of Department at the University of Edinburgh. My teaching and research are focused on ethical theory, political philosophy, the philosophy of language, and epistemology. I have published books with Oxford University Press and Routledge and articles in the Journal of Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and Philosophical Studies.

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