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Scotland's Young Academy appoints new members

Posted 26/08/2014

New members of the Young Academy of Scotland at the RSE premises, 26 August 2014

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 43 new members. This is the third intake to join the existing membership of 113.

The YAS was formed in 2011 to work towards addressing the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

Comprising 20 women and 23 men, with an average age of 37, the new cohort brings a diverse range of skills to the Academy. As well as representing a range of science, from particle physics to volcanology, the new cohort includes academics from fields as varied as Greek history and global public health. The candidates have also been selected based upon evidence of their interdisciplinary work as well as their commitment to contributing to the public good.

Unique among the growing number of worldwide young academies, the Young Academy of Scotland also encourages applications for membership outwith academia. This year YAS is particularly pleased to welcome some of Scotland’s most talented young civil servants, entrepreneurs and social innovators.

Neil McLennan, YAS co-chair, commented, “I am hugely excited to welcome new members from such diverse and varied backgrounds that will bring their knowledge and expertise to assist in widening YAS’s impact.”

Professor Alan Alexander, General Secretary of the RSE, added, “The range of interests is extraordinary, as is the commitment of YAS members to the public good of Scotland. On behalf of the RSE, I congratulate the new members on their appointment and I look forward to working with them and to admiring their progress.”

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