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RSE Young Academy success

The Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) has appointed 13 University of Edinburgh academics.

Photograph of new Young Academy of Scotland intake

The YAS fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among leading young academics, entrepreneurs, social innovators and civil servants to "address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond".

Members are selected on the basis of their interdisciplinary work and their commitment to contributing to the public good.

Broad representation

Edinburgh staff make up 30 per cent of this year's 43 new members.

The Edinburgh intake represents a broad range of University schools and research interests, from classics to volcanology.

The new YAS members, who have an average age of 37, join an existing membership of 113.

The YAS brings together the finest young minds and talents in Scotland. The range of interests is extraordinary, as is the commitment of YAS members to the public good of Scotland. I congratulate the new members on their appointment and I look forward to working with them and to admiring their progress.
Professor Alan AlexanderGeneral Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Edinburgh appointees

Edinburgh academics joining the YAS are:

  • Dr Paul Brennan, Clinical Lecturer and Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery
  • Dr Mirko Canevaro, Chancellor's Fellow in Classics
  • Dr Kit Chan, Chancellor's Fellow, Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Stella Chan, Chancellor's Fellow in Clinical Psychology
  • Dr Christine Knight, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Science, Technology & Innovation Studies
  • Dr Andrew Manches, Chancellor's Fellow, Moray House School of Education
  • Dr Victoria Martin, Reader in Particle Physics
  • Dr Harish Nair, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Kate Saunders, Lecturer in Volcanology
  • Dr Michael Shaver, Chancellor's Fellow, School of Chemistry
  • Dr Ian Simpson, Principal Researcher in Statistical Bioinformatics
  • Dr Devi Sridhar, Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health
  • Dr Adam Stokes, Lecturer, School of Engineering

Also admitted to the YAS is Dr Eileen Wall, Reader in Integrative Animal Sciences at Scotland's Rural College, who teaches both undergraduates and postgraduates at the University.