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Nathan Berrie: In this Year of Young People, let’s get them into the great outdoors

Recent years have supported the appreciation of Scottish nature, culture, health, food and adventure – but this year is our year!

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Dr Peter Wilkie doing fieldwork in a Malaysian rainforest

Dr Peter Wilkie: Botanic Garden fighting to save the rainforest from the scorched earth of human activity

Recognised as a major provider of biodiversity expertise, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has been invited this month to join a workshop in Indonesia hosted by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

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The shortlisted finalists ' from a range of businesses large and small ' are all hoping to get their hands on a Knowledge Exchange Awards trophy

Laura Goodfellow: A celebration of partnerships between industry and academia

Today marks one of the highlights of the year for Interface, as we stage our annual celebration of business-academic partnerships across all industry sectors and academic disciplines.

Dr Robert Hairstans, Associate Professor in Edinburgh Napier University's School of Engineering and the Built Environment

Dr Robert Hairstans: We’re building something new for construction by working together

A NEW way of thinking is needed if we are to attract our top ­talent to the construction sector and the ­challenges of shaping our built ­environment.

New Edinburgh Leisure project will target people with dementia

Sam Scott: Active Communities Team gets moving on ways to help people with dementia stay active

What does the word dementia mean to you? Most ­people associate dementia with memory loss or confusion. Whilst dementia can often start by affecting short-term memory, this is not the only way it reveals itself; it can also affect the way people think, speak, feel and behave.

Members of the National Rural Mental Health Forum

Jim Hume: Mind your mental health – how the problem is being tackled in rural communities

Support in Mind Scotland’s National Rural Mental Health Forum has gone from strength to strength since it was launched in 2016, with more than 40 diverse organisations now signed up.

Sin�ad Rhodes is an Emeritus Member of the Young Academy of Scotland and the founder of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland Research the Headlines project.

Sinéad Rhodes: Headlines can keep you informed – but we can help you drill down into the latest research

Have you ever made ­lifestyle or diet choices because of something you read in the paper?

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh

Roddy Smith: Bidding to be best – how businesses improve the city centre experience

Edinburgh’s city centre Business Improvement District, or BID, is one of the largest outside London – and we like to think it’s also one of the most successful.

Alan Strain is head of Davidson Chalmers' employment team

Alan Strain: Negotiating around pay inequality

When Glasgow City Council, one of Scotland’s largest employers, voted to end more than a decade of argument over equal pay for low-paid, mainly female staff, it was bound to be controversial.

Kirstin Nee is Senior Underwriter at DUAL Asset Underwriting, a partner agency of Mlllar & Bryce

Kirstin Nee: Avoid being held to ransom over ransom strips

Property Law and Land Registration in principle is designed to make the selling and buying of land as easy as possible. It undoubtedly does this, for the most part. Unfortunately, the reality of conveyancing is that there are many pitfalls and defects that can make what appears an easy deal, an uphill struggle.

Philip Buchan is an Associate with Murray Beith Murray

Philip Buchan: Rural concerns over Private Residential Tenancy rules

On 1 December 2017, the provisions of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 replaced the familiar assured tenancy regime with a new residential tenancy known as a Private Residential Tenancy. It is no longer possible to enter into an Assured Tenancy or more commonly a Short Assured Tenancy and the change is thought likely to have a detrimental effect in the rural rental sector.

Girlguiding Scotland members speak out

Hannah Brisbane: Speak out, girls! How are politicians to know what we think otherwise?

Scotland’s Year of Young People is a time to celebrate and get behind our nation’s youth. It’s also a year to empower young people to speak out and to make sure our voices are heard in the decisions that can shape our futures.

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Martin Davidson, Scottish Director, Outward Bound Trust

Martin Davidson: Challenge is what Outward Bound strives to do – for youngsters and ourselves

Last year the Outward Bound Trust challenged ourselves to become ­bigger, better and bolder than we have ever been. After all, we ask the young people who take part in our residential programmes to seek ­challenge and push themselves ­outside their own comfort zones, so it’s only fitting and correct that we do the same as an organisation and as individuals.

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Gary Voy, Founder, Timberbush Tours

Gary Voy: ‘Over-tourism’ is an opportunity, not a problem

Imagine what tourists considering a visit to The Highlands this year think of our beautiful rural landscapes. Our mountains and our glens. Our exceptional welcoming hospitality and our keenness to show them how proud we are of this land. That’s what we’ve done as Scotland’s premier tour operator for the past 20 years. In that time, we have greeted tens of thousands of tourists wishing to see all this wonderment from the warmth and safety of a coach tour.

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St Andrew Square is illuminated for Bloom -  the opening event at last year's International Festival

John Donnelly: The ambition embedded in Edinburgh’s DNA will shape future success

Earlier this month, I attended the annual Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) conference, where my colleague Paul Wakefield presented examples of our work, and the city’s tourism leaders discussed matters on the theme of “managing success”. With much debate around the impact of tourism on the city currently, the agenda could not have been more timeous.

Roddy Gow OBE, Chairman, The Asia Scotland Institute

Roddy Gow OBE: Brexit is making this government blind to an emerging raft of global problems

Whatever the expectations of this year’s World Economic Forum, probably the greatest ­outcomes were that Donald Trump’s “sales pitch” for his America First ­policy stayed on script.

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Fishing in the Sekong River are Lang Phong, daughter Thongtheng and son Nuden.

Alastair Dutton: Wee Box that can help bring about big change for Cambodia’s poor

Cambodia is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist ­destinations with more than five million visitors – almost the entire population of Scotland – flocking to its capital Phnom Penh and attractions such as the legendary Angkor Wat temple each year.

Drone's eye view of the landscape.

How technology is helping conservation in Scotland

New developments could help our countryside, writes Dr Dave Parish

Douglas Millar is Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation at Lindsays

Douglas Millar: Modernisation is key to creating opportunities

Over the past year or so, measures designed to modernise litigation in Scotland have been introduced. The effect of the changes could persuade parties that Scotland is a credible litigation jurisdiction and an attractive place to resolve a dispute, both personal and commercial. The changes envisaged by the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill, currently before the Scottish Justice Committee, could have far-reaching consequences. The main proposals will:

Grouse shooting benefits the rural economy and wildlife conservation

Tim Baynes: Don’t grouse about shooting – estates benefit wildlife and the economy too

With 2018 well up and running, sporting estates across Scotland are looking forward to the year ahead, as well as taking stock of the season recently ended.

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