Dr Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas, RAE/EPS Research Fellow at the University's Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, has been made a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland (YAS).
YAS fosters interdisciplinary activities among emerging leaders from the disciplines of science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society. Established in 2011, it 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.
These members will join YAS's existing members in realising its mission 'to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership'.
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, said, “I congratulate and warmly welcome these new members of the Young Academy of Scotland and look forward to their contribution to the Academy, and through it to Scotland.”
For the first time, this year's YAS cohort includes members who have been appointed through YAS's At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative, launched to recognise young professionals of outstanding talent from Scotland's refugee and migrant communities.
Dr Kersaudy-Kerhoas, has confirmed that she is joining fellow new YAS member Debora Kayembe, of the Scottish Refugee Council, to offer specially targeted 'Open Lab' science sessions to Refugee Children.
The membership announcements were made at the YAS AGM at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and certificates were presented by Professor Ian Bryden, Vice-Principal (Research) of the University of the Highlands and Islands.