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Cardiff academic joins UK Young Academy

16 January 2023

Dr Aditee Mitra, Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been selected to be one of the first members of the new UK Young Academy.

The UK Young Academy is a network of early career researchers, clinicians, professionals, and entrepreneurs who have each made significant contributions to their field, going above and beyond to make an impact outside of their main areas of work.

As part of the first cohort of 67 members, announced by UK and Ireland National Academies, Aditee will have the opportunity to help tackle local and global issues and shape the strategy and focus of this new organisation.

Strategic themes and objectives will be determined by members based on areas that matter to them. Discussions on their key priorities will take place at an induction event held at the Royal Society in January 2023. Members have already expressed interest in areas from climate change and sustainability to equality, diversity and inclusion, public health, education and skills, and supporting early career researchers.

The UK Young Academy has been established as an interdisciplinary collaboration with prestigious national academies: the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Learned Society of Wales, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Irish Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Royal Society. It joins the global initiative of Young Academies, with the UK Young Academy becoming the 50th to join the Young Academy movement.

Aditee was chosen from 400 applicants from sectors including Life Sciences, Physical, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Business, Public Service and Communications. She officially took up the post on 1 January 2023 and will be a member for 5 years.

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