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Tuesday 1 July 2014

RSE Young Academy Scotland pair

Two leading lights at the University of St Andrews have joined an elite group of academics in Scotland. They are the latest to be elected to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), which brings together the most able and innovative young academics and professionals in Scotland.

Theodore Koutmeridis (School of Economics) and Silvia Paracchini (School of Medicine) have been selected based upon evidence of their interdisciplinary work as well as their commitment to contributing to the public good.

The St Andrews duo was selected alongside 41 fellow academics and practitioners from around Scotland, joining the 113 existing members already in place since the launch of YAS in 2011.

Over one hundred high quality applications were received and rigorously reviewed by a combination of Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Fellows and current YAS members.

Officially announcing the awards YAS co-chair Neil McLennan said:

“What stood out most within the applications was the drive and enthusiasm for contributing to the public good. The applicants have clearly recognised the opportunities that come with YAS membership, not least for being part of an organisation looking to benefit society.  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 YAS brings together the finest young minds and talents in Scotland and the hardest thing about the selection  process is having fewer places than the competition merits.  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.”


Issued by the University of St Andrews Press Office. Contact [email protected] or 01334 462530/

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