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.
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.
Actions for Members
Read the revised documents below [comments to email@example.com]
Volunteer to be YAS spokesperson for specific area (suggesting subject area they could cover) [volunteers to firstname.lastname@example.org] - see 'Representing YAS' document below for details.
Documents to Review
Representing YAS (Draft)
Opportunities for Members
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 [email@example.com]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
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 email@example.com - they're very useful for reports and other communications!!