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Members address issue of single-use plastic in #ReducePlasticTips campaign

by Silvia Paracchini, Jess Enright, Heidi Burdett, and Emilie Combet

In December, the Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) turned their eyes to plastics, in line with their “Sustainable” theme.

In a snap Twitter campaign, members explored what each of us could do, focusing on a tricky month.

Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year, but it is also the worse one for generating plastic waste; just consider the quantity of plastic presents in plastic packaging, in plastic wraps, carried in plastic bags. Throughout December, YAS members shared their tips and ideas, under the #ReducePlasticTips hashtag on Twitter.

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“We have all become aware of this problem and people have started changing their behaviours in their everyday actions. But are we doing as much as we can? We use so much plastic that we do not even realise it. By sharing our own ways to tackling plastic consumption, we can all learn from each other, adjust what we do on a daily basis and maybe inspire others.”  said Silvia Paracchini, who led the initiative.

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Membership applications have now closed

Applications for YAS membership closed on 14 February.

We are happy to announce that we received many high quality application from a wide range of professional and academic fields.  We are now processing these; we expect to notify all applicants of their application results by 1st June 2018.

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YAS membership applications open!

Applications for membership of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) are now open! Application forms may be accessed via the RSE Website here (you will have to register / log in to apply).  A separate form for use only by applicants applying through our 'At-Risk Academic and Refugees' membership scheme may be found here. This year’s application deadline is 14 February 2018.

For information about the application process and membership criteria, please visit the "Applying to Join YAS" page or download the 2016 Recruitment Leaflet.

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Applications for YAS Membership Now Open

Applications for membership of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) are now open, and application forms may be accessed via the RSE Website here (you will have to register / log in to apply).  A separate form for use only by applicants applying through our refugee professionals / at- risk scholars' membership scheme may be found here. This year’s application deadline is 29 April 2016.

Applications are sought from early to mid-career professionals (mid 20s to early 40s) who have demonstrated a high level of excellence in their work, along with a breadth of engagement beyond their workplace to benefit not only their profession but also society in general.  This is the primary criterion for selection.

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YAS launches At-Risk Academic and Refugee Member Initiative

Scotland’s top young researchers and practitioners come together to recognise the outstanding talent in its refugee communities and challenge Europe’s other young academies to follow their lead.

A ground-breaking initiative will be launched this week by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) to reserve four membership spaces in each of its next three recruitment rounds for at-risk academics and refugees living in Scotland.

In 2015 well over one million refugees arrived in Europe and the numbers for 2016 are headed in the same direction. One of the biggest challenges facing all European nations is integration. YAS, established in 2011 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to bring together Scotland’s top young thinkers to achieve transformative change, is reserving four spaces, in each of its next three recruitment rounds, for at-risk academics and refugees in recognition of many talented young professionals from these communities who have the potential to make outstanding contributions to the nation’s future prosperity. 

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