Five go to RSE Academy

Issued: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:21:00 BST

Five academics from the University of Glasgow are among those named as new members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

They are among the fourth intake cohort and join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership. Overall there are 25 women and 19 men in their early-to-mid careers from across Scotland, who will bring a range of important and diverse skills to YAS.

The UofG five are: 

Dr Emilie Combet - Lecturer in Nutrition
Dr Kathryn Elmer - Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology 
Dr Julie Tian Miao - Lecturer in Urban Planning and Development
Dr Claire Miller - Senior Lecturer in Statistics
Dr Mark Duncan Symes - Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow; Lecturer in Chemistry.

For the first time in YAS’s history, the cohort includes four members who have been appointed through YAS’s At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative. The ARAR initiative was launched this year to recognise young professionals of outstanding talent from Scotland’s refugee and migrant communities. Going forward, four spaces will be reserved for at-risk academics and refugees in each of the academy’s next two recruitment rounds.

Influential voice

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland fosters interdisciplinary activities among emerging leaders from the disciplines of science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society. Established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011, the Young Academy of Scotland provides a platform for able and innovative young entrepreneurs, professionals and academics to develop a coherent and influential voice, and to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

YAS was the first such academy to be established in the UK and is part of a growing network across Europe and beyond. YAS has already benefited society with a range of projects including the following: the Research the Headlines blog, which shares members’ expertise to inform the public; Numeracy Counts, which supports the school curriculum; FIRST LEGO League, which helps school children develop engineering and robotics skills; and Arts and Humanities at the Parliament, which fosters public discussion of the contribution of the Humanities and Arts in relation to major societal challenges.

For more information about YAS:

www.youngacademyofscotland.org.uk


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