International

InternationalOur strategic plan defines International as: “Engage in outward-looking projects, and bring Scotland’s expertise to the world.' Many of our projects encompassing this theme are undertaken in partnership with our sister Young Academies worldwide.  Representative of YAS participate in annual meetings of the European Young Academies and Worldwide Young Academies to inform our international colleagues of our work, and learn about the work being undertaken by our international counterparts. 

Many of our own projects also include an international element, and we seek to be outward-looking in all our work.  

To explore some of our International projects, please see below: 

 

Enterprising

Our strategic plan defines Enterprising as: 'Engage in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.’ YAS seeks to support emerging entrepreneurs, both within our own membership and in Scotland’s communities.  We do this by holding entrepreneurship events which provide networking opportunities and develop necessary skills such as developing elevator pitches.

To explore some of our ‘Enterprising’ activities, see below:

Strategic Themes

All YAS activities are interdisciplinary and encompass one (or more) or the six core themes laid out in our five-year Strategic Plan, 2020 Vision:

 

Many YAS activities are conducted by Working Groups which set their own agenda of activities and work toward responding to some of the most interesting and pressing challenges facing Scotland today. Some activities are carried out by temporary "special project" groups, which may apply for YAS Grants, or seek external funding.  Other projects and events are carried out in conjunction with partner organisations.

Equal

Our strategic plan defines Equal as: 'promote equality and justice between peoples and nations.’ YAS values equality and diversity, and is proud of the equal gender split of the current membership.  We strive to make our recruitment process fair and open, and encourage applications, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or any other protected characteristics.  In 2016, we introduced our At-Risk Academic and Refugee applications scheme to encourage displaced peoples to join YAS, and we have committed to continuing this initiative for at least the next two application rounds.

In addition to maintaining a diverse and equal membership, many of our activities promote equality and justice in Scotland and worldwide. To explore some of these activities, see below:

Sustainable

Our strategic plan defines Sustainable as: “empower communities & enable access to expertise.' Our work around this theme is very diverse, as we aim to contribute to Scotland’s ecological, environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability.  Many of our  “sustainable” projects” facilitate communications between academics, professionals, and local communities to encourage positive relationships and meaningful collaborations.

To explore some of our Sustainable  work, see below:

Smarter

Our strategic plan defines Smarter as, 'promote informed decision-making among individuals, groups and government.' YAS members often sits on policy advice committees for the RSE and contributes to its papers and consultations. However, we have also produced several of our own reports and position papers; some of these may be found on our publications page and our policy advice page. YAS has also managed several projects in education; both primary/secondary and at a higher education level.

To explore at some of our past work and current projects, see below:

Our Members

Dr Matt Gibson worked as a geological research scientist at the University of Edinburgh, his work focusing on isotope geochemistry and structural field geology. He then went on to work as an independent geological consultant for the hydrocarbon and nuclear power industry before entering the education sector in 2006.