Spring Plenary 2017 - Takeaways

On the 20th April, the Young Academy of Scotland held its first Plenary meeting of 2017 at the Scottish Government buildings in Edinburgh. The theme of this Spring Plenary was: For a Progressive and Open Society: A YAS Routemap. As is normally the case at Plenaries and AGMs, YAS covered normal 'YAS Business' and Working Group updates and, during this Plenary, the membership also completed a Horizon Scanning workshop run by YAS members, Kate Walker, Victoria Loughlan, Maria Dornelas and Alice Konig.


Sarah has created this page to update members on the actionable points from the day and any information they may have missed - there are also videos/images you can share below as well as details on the next Plenary - our AGM which is being held in St. Andrews.



We've written some brief notes from the day, including key takeaways and points from members during discussion of working groups, YAS business and the Horizon Scanning. There are also notes about the results of the Horizon Scanning workshop and the key takeaways and thoughts from this.

Download these notes from the Plenary here.

We also asked working groups to create posters for their group's work and future goals to present at the Plenary, you can see these below, click to download.

Arts and Humanities screenshotCIS ScreenshotEIE screenshot HWB screenshot

industry screenshot   KP screenshotRTH ScreenshotStA screenshot


Actions for Members

Read the revised documents below [comments to mchisholm@therse.org.uk]

Volunteer to be YAS spokesperson for specific area (suggesting subject area they could cover) [volunteers to svirgo@therse.org.uk] - see 'Representing YAS' document below for details.


Documents to Review

YAS Statute 2017

Representing YAS (Draft)

Branding and Funding Document

YAS Legacy and Emeritus Policy  


Opportunities for Members

Brexit Observatory:

Maria Cataluna has proposed a new project on Brexit and its impact on individuals in research. This is now getting underway, and if you'd like to be involved and haven't yet expressed so, please contact maria [m.cataluna@hw.ac.uk]

Working Group Opportunities:

Computing in Schools – someone to help with fundraising and logistics

Open Data – Need Working Group Lead(s)

Health & Wellbeing – Need Working Group Lead(s)

Industry – looking for people who might have backgrounds in socially impactful or social enterprise

Arts, Humanities & Society – looking for co-lead to stand with Mirko

[volunteers to current WG leads or svirgo@therse.org.uk]


Next Meeting - Summer AGM

Our next meeting is the Annual General Meeting, we are holding it at the University of St. Andrews on Friday 8th September; there will also be an option for members to attend on the 7th, the night before, for a social dinner and ceilidh, we have arranged accommodation for this. There may be a small surcharge for this social part of the AGM to cover costs; if you are interested in attending the social, please let myself know so that we can get an idea on numbers. An official eventbrite will be set up soon.


Other Links/Material

Public Post to Share - this is the public post of the Plenary, please share this with your colleagues/followers on twitter if you wish. This page should remain private for members/those receiving the newsletter.

For some images from the day see the slideshow below and a timelapse video. If you have any additional images, please could you send these to svirgo@therse.org.uk - they're very useful for reports and other communications!!




Our Members

Dr Rachel Myles is a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Infirmary and Golden Jubilee National Hospitals in Glasgow.