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YAS scientists visit politicians in Westminster

YAS members Silvia Paracchini and Paul Hoskisson are spending a week in Westminster, shadowing parliamentarians and civil servants at the House of Commons. The week (04 – 07 December) is part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science, with support from the Government Science & Engineering (GSE) profession.

During their visit Silvia is shadowing Stephen Gethins MP and Paul is shadowing Javier Igartua, an economic advisor to the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs. As well as attending seminars and panel discussions about how evidence is used in policy making, Silvia and Paul will also attend a mock Select Committee.

The visit provides scientists with a behind the scenes insight into how policy is formed and how research can be used to make evidence based decisions. It also gives parliamentarians and civil servants the opportunity to investigate the science behind their decisions and improve their access to scientific evidence.

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Science Questions at Westminster:Our report from Voice of the Future 2016

Five YAS members [Stella Chan, Duncan Forgan, Patrick Harkness, Neil McLennan, and Subramanian Ramamoorthy] Tuesday joined young scientists from significant UK Science organisations to question MPs about the science issues that matter to us.

At the annual Voice of the Future event, young scientists take committee seats in Westminster Room, while MPs from the Select Committee on Science and Technology take the witness seats.  This reversal of the normal select committee format aims to engage young scientists in the political process, as well as emphasising the importance of evidence-based decision making in government.

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YAS Members participate in Voice of the Future 2016 to question MPs about science

Members of the Young Academy of Scotland today are joining young scientists from across the UK to question MPs about the science issues that matter to them.

At the annual Voice of the Future event, young scientists take committee seats in Westminster's Boothroyd Room, while MPs from the Select Committee on Science and Technology take the witness seats.  This reversal of the normal select committee format aims to engage young scientists in the political process, as well as emphasising the importance of evidence-based decision making in government.

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YAS members contribute to "Fresh scientific eyes on the refugee crisis"

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On 10-11 December 2015, the Global Young Academy (GYA) and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts will hold an interdisciplinary young experts meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on the refugee crisis to develop a vision document based on the latest evidence. The goal of this meeting on "Fresh Scientific Eyes on the Refugee Crisis" is to provide policy-makers and committed citizens with key insights and potential approaches to address aspects of the current refugee crisis.

YAS member Karly Kehoe, who is also a member of the GYA is involved in organising this meeting.  Another YAS member Jeffrey Murer, will participate and represent YAS at this conference.

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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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