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Young Academy members perform at Edinburgh Festival

The 2018 Edinburgh festival will see three YAS members and one Emeritus YAS members participate and perform in educational shows.  These shows are:

  • But Where Are You Really From? YAS member Pinar Aksu will perform in this one-hour play, which explores identity, culture, labels and stories of migration.  Just Festival / World Spirit Theatre 24-25 August 19:15, Hall at St John's. Pinar is also involved in producing, but not performing in, a second play with this company, Connected Lives.
  • Picking Over the Bones of the Past YAS member and paleontologist Steve Brusatte will discuss his best-selling book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs at this Edinburgh Book Festival Event. 26 August 10:30am, Spark Theatre, George Streeet.
  • Big Bucks for Big Bosons: What's the Point of the Large Hadron Collider? YAS member Victoria Martin, one of Peter Higgs' undergraduate students, is leader of the Higgs boson research team at the University of Edinburgh. She will discuss the LHC, the Higgs boson and what is the point of continuing to run the world's largest and more expensive experiment.  Skeptics on the Fringe, 13 August, 19.30, The Banshee Labyrinth.
  • What Keeps You Sharp? Emeritus YAS Member and Former co-chair Alan Gow will explore how our thinking skills change through midlife and beyond, and whether our lifestyles affect those changes. The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. 7 August 20:10  &  16 August 13:30, New Town Theatre
  • Brain Training on Trial Emeritus YAS Member Alan Gow examines a variety of games promising to protect peoples' thinking skills as they get older.  Audience members will act as prosecution, defence and jury as we examine the claims that brain training games protect your brain. Skeptics on the Fringe, 20 August, 19.30, The Banshee Labyrinth.

There are many more fun, educational and informative Edinburgh festival events for those interested in science, history, culture, and social issues.  For an overview of some of these events, please visit Research the Headlines' Research the Fringe post.

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YAS Welcomes 53 New Members

 

YAS Welcomes 53 New Members

 

New cohort of members includes outstanding members of Scotland’s Refugee Community

 

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 53 new members.  The group, comprising 31 women and 22 men in their early-to-mid careers from across Scotland, make up the fifth intake cohort of new members since YAS was founded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011.  They will join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership’. 

The cohort includes three members who have been appointed through YAS’s At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative.  The ARAR initiative was launched in 2016 to recognise young professionals of outstanding talent from Scotland’s refugee and displaced migrant communities. YAS has committed to reserving membership spaces for at-risk academics and refugees in its recruitment rounds until at least 2020.

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RSE Young Academy of Scotland Welcomes 44 New Members

New cohort of members includes outstanding members of Scotland’s refugee community

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 44 new members.  These members will make up the fourth intake cohort and join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership’. The group comprising 25 women and 19 men in their early-to-mid careers from across Scotland, will bring a range of important and diverse skills to YAS.

For the first time in YAS’s history, the cohort includes four members who have been appointed through YAS’s At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative.  The ARAR initiative was launched this year to recognise young professionals of outstanding talent from Scotland’s refugee and migrant communities. Going forward, four spaces will be reserved for at-risk academics and refugees in each of the academy’s next two recruitment rounds.

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Young Academy Member chosen as WEF 2013 Young Scientist

Young Academy of Scotland member Luke Bisby has been selected as a 2013 Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum. This honour is bestowed by the WEF each year to recognize the most distinguished science leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world.

Luke will be representing the YAS at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013 in Dalian, People's Republic of China. This is the foremost global business gathering in Asia, creating a unique opportunity for exchange between leaders from top-ranked multinationals and chief executive officers of dynamic and fast-growing companies, including key decision-makers from government, media, academia and civil society.

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