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Young Aquaculture Society opens doors to new members

Atlantic Salmon People Socio-economics +3 more

Built by young professionals, for young professionals: the Young Aquaculture Society (YAS) has been launched to foster collaboration, innovation and knowledge exchange among aquaculture peers across the UK.

Some of the emerging talent in Scotland's salmon sector, with Fergus Ewing, at an event in Holyrood in 2018

Aimed at cultivating the next generation of leaders within aquaculture, YAS aims to evolve into a dynamic free-to-join organisation for socialising, networking and professional development.

Key features of YAS are set to include:

  • Unique opportunities for young professionals, researchers, students, and professionals interested in aquaculture and its related fields to build lasting friendships, collaborate, and share insights.
  • Professional development through events, webinars and workshops the society will provide valuable resources to help members develop key skills.
  • Fostering a diverse and inclusive community to leverage a wealth of experience to address the complex challenges facing the aquaculture industry.

YAS will be formally launched at Aquaculture UK on 14 May 2024 at an in-person event hosted by Salmon Scotland. Attendees will have the opportunity to meaningfully extend their networks and learn more about the society’s mission.

Leading voices of the sector have welcomed the society’s formation.

Cabinet secretary for rural affairs, land reform and islands, Mairi Gougeon said: “Aquaculture makes a huge contribution to Scotland’s rural economy and offers a range or rewarding career paths for young people. We welcome efforts to reinforce and promote these opportunities, and I look forward to hearing more about the Society’s work.”

Tavish Scott, CEO of Salmon Scotland commented: “With over 700 amazing young people working directly within our salmon sector, it’s great to see a grass-roots platform be developed to help them network, socialise and learn.”

Professor Dan Macqueen, chair of fish genomics at the Roslin Institute, added: “I can’t underestimate the importance of building a network early on in your career. YAS offers the opportunity to get to know peers from both industry and academia, across all sectors – from salmon farming to seaweed.

YAS is looking for young professionals from every part of the aquaculture ecosystem - to jump in and start making waves.

Register for free by emailig young.aqua.soc@gmail.com or through the society's LinkedIn page.

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