Fringe Event at the SNP Party Conference 2021

Publication Date

This event discusses the recommendations and key learning with Humza Yousaf MSP and Commission members at the SNP Party Conference 2021.

Over the past 18 months, the RSE’s Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission has been exploring four key themes: how to build national resilience; improving public debate and participation in decision making; the use of data, evidence and science; and delivering inclusive public service.

This event discusses the recommendations and key learning with Commission members including how can we:

  • Build on the momentum for change to support sustained action and improvement?
  • Change the way people are involved in decisions that affect their lives?
  • Enhance the ability to access and engage with evidence and data?
  • Be better prepared for future challenges?


Humza Yousaf MSP

Humza studied at the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department’s prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme.

He went on to work in the Scottish Parliament as an aide to the late Bashir Ahmad MSP. He was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in May 2011, and to the constituency of Glasgow Pollok since 2016.

He has held a number of ministerial positions in the Scottish Government since 2012, and joined cabinet in June 2018 as Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

He was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care in May 2021.

Professor Niamh Nic Daéid FRSE

Niamh is Director of the award-winning Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) the 10-year mission is to provide a robust underpinning for the scientific evidence presented in our Courts. She is a Chartered Chemist and an authorised Forensic Chemist with specialisms including fire investigation, clandestine drug chemistry and explosives.

She undertakes forensic casework, primarily in fire scene investigation and has appeared as an expert witness for the Courts. She has chaired the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) fire and explosion Investigation working group, the INTERPOL forensic science managers symposium and was deputy chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court.

Niamh is Chair and Commissioner of the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission Data, Evidence & Science Working Group.

Professor Stephen Reicher FRSE

Stephen is a member of the Sage subcommittee advising on behavioural science. He is a professor of psychology at the University of St Andrews, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. and an authority on crowd psychology. He is currently working on a Leverhulme funded project looking at the impact of devolution on Scottish identity and social action in Scotland.

Stephen is a member of the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission Data, Evidence & Science working group.

Talat Yaqoob FRSE

Talat is an award-winning Scottish campaigner, writer, and activist who works as an independent consultant in education, workplace equality, women’s rights, race equality and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. With more than twelve years of experience in the third sector, she has extensive knowledge of campaigning, public affairs, political strategy and communications. Talat is the co-founder and chair of Women 5050, a national campaign striving for the equal and fair representation of all women in politics. Talat has also been involved in a wide range of campaigns, including the first national project on mental health and wellbeing for students in 2009, which is still running, and Pass the Mic, the first, and currently only, online list of women of colour commentators for the media, bringing under-represented experts into the spotlight to share their knowledge.

Talat is Co-Chair and Commissioner of the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission Public Debate & Participation Working Group.