GCU academic to lead RSE Young Academy of Scotland

25 July 2013

Dr Karen Lorimer

Dr Karen Lorimer

Dr Karen Lorimer, Lead of Sexual Health thematic group in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Institute for Applied Health Research, has been elected Co-Chair of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and trustee of the RSE Scotland SCIO, the charity arm of the organisation.

Along with three other Co-Chairs, Dr Lorimer will provide leadership, management and governance to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, working to build and promote the organisation within and outside Scotland. Dr Lorimer is also one of only two Young Academy of Scotland members to be part of the Global Young Academy.

She said: “I am extremely pleased to be elected and thank my peers for their confidence in me to build and promote the Young Academy of Scotland. On behalf of all members, I wish to thank the outgoing Co-Chairs as it is in part through their dedication and commitment that the Young Academy of Scotland has grown and will continue to develop in the future.”

The influential Royal Society of Edinburgh established the RSE Young Academy of Scotland in January 2012, bringing together the country’s most innovative and forward-looking academics, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals in Scotland. The Academy provides a valuable platform for members to interact with their peer academies across the globe.

With a current membership of 118, the RSE Young Academy plays a pivotal role in stimulating creative ideas and collaborative working across disciplines and professions to address some of the key challenges facing society in Scotland.

Dr Lorimer was instrumental in bringing the RSE Young Academy of Scotland to Glasgow Caledonian University for the first time in June this year.

The plenary session included a debate on health inequalities and speakers included: Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; David Walsh, who co-leads the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) Observatory Function; Dr Pauline Craig, Head of Equality for NHS Health Scotland; Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance; and Heather Cowan, Head of Alcohol Policy and Delivery, Scottish Government.