Can culture, in all its forms, help us to understand better Scotland's place in the world, as well as addressing the issues that face Scottish and global society? A panel of cultural commentators, academics and practitioners in the field of 21st century enlightenment will explore those themes in a highly interactive audience discussion. Chair Jan McDonald, Professor Emerita and honorary professorial research fellow at the University of Glasgow, is joined by Mark O'Neill, Director of Policy, Research and Development at Glasgow Life; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; Professor Neil Blain, Head of Film, Media & Journalism Department, Stirling University; and the playwright David Greig.
In association with British Council Scotland, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, RSA UK, Museums Galleries Scotland and UNESCO UKNC Scotland Committee
One of the core aims of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) since we were founded over 200 years ago has been "the advancement of useful knowledge". The programme of Research Awards that the Society makes each year helps to achieve that aim.
The Research Awards are made across the whole range of disciplines which are encompassed within the Society, including the arts and humanities, science and engineering, medicine and the social sciences. They are available to some of the most gifted researchers and innovators active in Scotland today.
The hope of the RSE is that these Awards will help to advance the economy, society and cultural richness of Scotland. It is only through the support of key partners that we are able to make these Awards. We therefore offer thanks for their support to these partners – BP, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government and the European Commission. The RSE also provides awards through the Caledonian Research Fund, which is now managed through the RSE Foundation. This year has also seen the introduction of the RSE Beltane Prizes for Public Engagement.