Coffee is available in the Fellows' Room on Tuesday mornings at 10.30 am.
Once a month, between October and March, this will take the form of a discussion in the East Wellcome Room. These are informal and friendly occasions, open to Fellows and, if you are able to attend, you will be made most welcome. Below is the programme for the coming season:
4 October 2016
Religion and violence
The Right Reverend Richard Holloway FRSE
1 November 2016
Dr Helen Ross FRSE
6 December 2016
Policy making then and now
Sir Muir Russell KCB FRSE
Speakers and topics to be advised for:
10 January 2017
7 February 2017
7 March 2017
6 October 2015
Governance in Successful Organisations
Sir David Wallace VPRSE
3 November 2015
Hinkley C and the new National Nuclear Archive at Wick
Dr Janet Morgan (Lady Balfour) FRSE
1 December 2015
Judicial vaticination: some thoughts about law in the 21st Century
Sir David Edward FRSE
12 January 2016
Editing David Hume's autobiography: what? why? how?
Dr Iain Gordon Brown FRSE, RSE Curator, National Library of Scotland
2 February 2016
The RSE - is the future younger?
Professor Ineke De Moortel FRSE, University of St Andrews
1 March 2016
Supplying metals that don't cost the earth
Professor Peter Tasker FRSE, University of Edinburgh
7 October 2014
What will happen to the Antarctic Ice Sheet in a warmer world?
Professor David Sugden FRSE
4 November 2014
Trophy, Souvenir or Loot: reappraising military collecting.
Dr Stuart Allan and Dr Henrietta Lidchi.
2 December 2014
The President, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, PRSE will address the meeting.
13 January 2015
Scotland and the creative economy debate.
Professor Philip Schlesinger FRSE
3 February 2015
The RSE yesterday, today and tomorrow
Dr Charles D. Waterston FRSE
3 March 2015
Population: combating denial.
Professor Aubrey Manning OBE, FRSE
8 October 2013
Bioethics and the Islamic Debates
Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE, FRSE
5 November 2013
On the origin of speech
Professor Eric Salzen, FRSE
3 December 2013
Neuroscience in society
Professor Sergio Della Sala, FRSE
7 January 2014
Vikings in Iceland
Dr Karen Milek, University of Aberdeen, CRF European Travel Fellow
4 February 2014
The past and future impacts of Icelandic ash in Scotland
Dr John A Stevenson, University of Edinburgh, RSE Grant Holder
4 March 2014
Economic Crisis and the rise of the radical Left on Southern Europe
Dr Myrto Tsakatika, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, CRF European Travel Fellow
9 October 2012
Northern Ireland: from‘The Troubles’ to Peace and Reconciliation
Professor Robert J Cormack FRSE
6 November 2012
Simonides: Poetry and Photography
Professor Robert Crawford FRSE and Norman MacBeath
4 December 2012
Fire and Safety – When Will We Ever Learn?
Professor D D Drysdale FRSE
8 January 2013
Art and Science: Estranged Siblings
Professor J D Macmillan FRSE
5 February 2013
An Illustrated History of Some Early Digital Computers
Professor Roland N Ibbett FRSE
5 March 2013
The Minds of our Children
Professor Forrester Cockburn FRSE
11th October 2011
Practical Skills and Model Engineering
Professor Malcolm B Wilkins FRSE
8th November 2011
The Role of the Exhibition Centre in the promotion of learning and useful knowledge today.
Professor Stuart K.Monro OBE, FRSE
6th December 2011
Reflections on the development of Scotland’s public services
The President, Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA
10th January 2012
Why Roman Law?
Professor Olivia Robinson FRSE.
7th February 2012
Materials Science for Enhanced Energy Storage and Conversion
Dr. Job Thijssen
6th March 2012
Science, Wisdom and Faith
Professor David A. S. Fergusson FRSE
12 October 2010
Innovative computer-based personal support for older people with dementia and their carers
Dr Norman Alm
2 November 2010
The earliest farmers in Britain
Roger James Mercer
7 December 2010
Aspects of Medical Education, a personal view
Professor J F Lamb
11 January 2011
The purpose of Heraldry in the 21st Century
Elizabeth A Roads
1 February 2011
Building the Bell Rock Lighthouse
Professor Roland A Paxton
1 March 2011
Law and Ethics
Dr Murdo Macdonald
13 October 2009
Recognising a Masterpiece.
3 November 2009
Synchotrons and Free Electron Lasers, what Earthly use are they?
Professor Robert Donovan
8 December 2009
The President, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn
12 January 2010
Runs on homozygosity, population history and disease.
Dr James Wilson
2 February 2010
Events, adaptability and survival, the case of the European Union.
Sir David Edward
9 March 2010
Are we destroying Edinburgh?
Professor Charles McKean
14 October 2008
Telford at the Frontiers of Technology
Professor Roland Paxton
4 November 2008
The Role of the Banker in Society Today
2 December 2008
Democracy Ancient and Modern
Professor John Richardson
6 January 2009
Forgotten pioneers, the case of Robert Chambers
Professor Bruce Proudfoot
3 February 2009
Tackling Scotland's Health Inequalities - a major challenge for the next decade
Professor John Coggins
3 March 2009
Reconstructing Historical Sites; Fact or Fiction?
Dr Barbara E Crawford
9 October 2007
Illness and Disease: The Butterflies of History.
Professor David E M Taylor
6 November 2007
Entanglement in Copenhagen – The trouble with Quantum Mechanics and the Flight from Reality
Dr Malcolm Fluendy
4 December 2007
A Business Unworthy of a Woman? The female performer as celebrity and political agitator on the nineteenth-century British stage
Professor Janet B I McDonald.
8 January 2008
Are you being served? The Civil Service in a changing world.
Sir Russell Hillhouse.
5 February 2008
The place of the victim and the victim’s family in criminal proceedings.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Cameron of Lochbroom.
4th March 2008
Science and conservation: their influence on livestock farming in Scotland.
Dr James Irvine
10 October 2006
The Interface between science and art
Professor Roy H Burdon.
7 November 2006
The Crusades from the Muslim side
Professor Carole Hillenbrand
5 December 2006
Nuclear Waste – Personal Experience
Professor John R Greening
9 January 2007
The Economics of Climate Change
Sir Alan Peacock
6 February 2007
The Unicorn – a curious evolution
Professor John E Dale
6 March 2007
Prematurity and Postmaturity in Scientific Research
Professor Alastair C Wardlaw
11 October 2005
A Mathematician Looks at Music
Professor John M Howie.
1 November 2005
The Delicate Interface between Scientists and Politicians
Dr Tam Dalyell
6 December 2005
Visual Art Provision Scotland; How Best can we Provide the Visual Arts in Scotland?
Sir Timothy Clifford
10 January 2006
Reflections on Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship 1783-2003
Dr Charles D Waterston
7 February 2006
Parasitic Wasps: Does Taxonomy Matter and Where Should it be Done?
Dr Mark Shaw
7 March 2006
The Royal Society of Edinburgh - Past and Present International Connections
Professor Rona MacKie
12 October 2004
Intelligence, Government and the Media
Janet Morgan, Lady Balfour of Burleigh
2 November 2004
Thwarting and Origin of Speech
Professor Eric A Salzen
7 December 2004
How we Think
Sir Michael Atiyah
11 January 2005
The Ups and Downs of Natural Populations
Professor Jonathan A Sherratt
1 February 2005
Professor Sally A Brown
1 March 2005
Mr John H Hull
7 October 2003
The Euro in a United Europe
Sir John Shaw, CBE
4 November 2003
Imperialism Ancient and Modern
Professor John S Richardson
2 December 2003
Human Organs for Sale
Lord Kilpatrick of Kincraig
13 January 2004
Fungi - What if they Went on Strike?
Professor Roy Watling
3 February 2004
Pilgrims, Nomads and Tourists : The Changing Landscape of Faith
Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, President
2 March 2004
Don't Count your Chickens...
Professor J S Beck
The 2002-2003 programme was as follows :
8 October 2002
The Transfusion of Skills
Jean Jones, Historian of Science
5 November 2002
What Use is an Ombudsman?
Sir William Reid
3 December 2002
Unesco and the UK
Dr John M Francis, Chairman, UK National Commission for UNESCO
14 January 2003
Freedom of Information - How Free?
Sir William Fraser
4 February 2003
Like a Bridge over Troubled Waters: Community Relations First and Foremost.
Professor Yasir Suleiman, Director of the Edinburgh Institute for the Advanced Study of Islam and the Middle East
4 March 2003
Benin and the Restoration of Cultural Property
Professor Frank Willett