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YAS member co-authors report on 'Engaging with Parliament'

New YAS member and Director of the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) Dr Allison Jackson has co-authored a report for academics who wish to engage with both the Scottish Parliament and Westminster.

The report provides an explanation on how the UK and Scottish Parliaments work and outlines a variety of ways citizens can engage with both bodies. This includes advice on contacting MPs and MSPs and guidelines for writing a good committee submission. The report also contains a list of programmes and organisations that help academics gain policy experience, including the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.
While the report is primarily aimed at researchers, it would be of interest to any professionals who are interested in the ways the UK and Scottish Parliaments work, and who wish to engage with policymakers.

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YAS members launch “Our Future Scotland” film at Scottish Parliament

James Blake and Siobhán O’Connor from the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University launched a short film called “Our Future Scotland ” at Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

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Young Academy member questions MPs at Voices of the Future

Siobhán O’Connor, a lecturer from the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, represented the Young Academy of Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh recently at Voices of the Future 2018. 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 13th March 2018, the Voices of the Future event was held at Portcullis House and streamed live on Parliament TV. It will be broadcast live on BBC Parliament on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 18:00. This provided Siobhán and other young research leaders from across the UK the chance to delve into the complexities of key science policy issues.

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