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Higher Education and Research Bill

The RSE has engaged in the process that has led to the publication and scrutiny of the Higher Education and Research Bill. From the outset, the RSE recognised that the Bill would have significant implications for higher education and research in Scotland. Its provisions include the establishment of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a single strategic body bringing together the seven Research Coun...

RSE Fellow to hold first UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration

The University of Glasgow has been invited by UNESCO’s Director General to join its prestigious universities network (the UNESCO Chairs) and establish the first UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts.

The purpose of the UNESCO Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on how the integration of refugees in...

Reviewing the Scottish Code of Good HE Governance

The RSE has responded to the Review of the Scottish Code of HE Governance.

Overall, the RSE believes that theCode has increased transparency of process, diversity on governing bodies and standardising of good practice.

Click here to read the full report....

Inequality: Good for the Rich, Bad for the Economy?

The paper that coincided with the event Inequality: Good for the Rich, Bad for the Economy is now available.

The paper was intended to be a contribution to, and a means of informing, public debate on inequalities.

You can read the full paper here....

A Scottish Approach to Taxation

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted an Advice Paper to a consultation by the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee on 'A Scottish Approach to Taxation'.

In the paper the RSE outlines the principles which should underlie a good tax system and argues that the devolution of powers over taxation to Holyrood presents an important opportunity for the Scottish Government to introduce an impr...

Overview of Curriculum for Excellence

Keir Bloomer FRSE, Convener of the RSE Education Committee, has been invited to give evidence on Curriculum for Excellence to the Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee. The evidence session is being held on the morning of Wednesday 28th September. The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and a secondary school head teacher will also pa...

The Supply of Science and Mathematics Teachers

The Royal Society, the Advisory Committee for Mathematics Education, the Association of Science Education, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Edinburgh have submitted a joint response to the UK Migration Advisory Committee to inform their review of teacher supply.

The joint response, which covers Scotland and the UK, ...

Scotland and Europe

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has responded to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee's call for evidence on Scotland and Europe.

In the Advice Paper the RSE notes the lack of certainty over the future relationship Scotland and the UK will have with the European Union. It stresses the importance that the devolved administrtaions are meaningfully involved in the negotiations that will...

Researchers Receive £2.8M Support in RSE Awards

These prestigious awards celebrate the tremendous vitality of Scotland's research sector and the huge contribution it makes to Scotland's development, economy and wellbeing.

To read the full press release, clickhere.

To view the Research awards brochure, click here....

NERC Joins Enterprise Fellowships as New Funder



The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have joined Scottish Enterprise, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to support the RSE’s prestigious commercialisation award; Enterprise Fellowships.

RSE Enterprise Fellowships enable promising science and technology researchers to grow into su...

Review of Enterprise Agencies

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted an Advice Paper to the Scottish Government to help inform its Review of enterprise and skills services.

The paper addresses:



The Scottish Government's Economic Strategy, the main challenges facing the Scottish economy, and the need for clear economic objectives;

The role and functions of the enterprise and skills agencies and the need t...

Delivery Plan for Scottish Education

The RSE Education Committee has commented on the Scottish Government’s Delivery Plan for Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education. The RSE welcomes the action plan as evidence of the Government’s commitment to implementing the OECD’s recommendations on Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). In particular, the RSE welcomes the commitments to empowering schools,...

US-UK Fulbright Commission Joint Award

US-UK Fulbright Commission announces new partnership award with the Royal Society of Edinburgh

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is delighted to announce a new joint award with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). This annual award will offer an academic from anywhere in the UK the opportunity to go to a top university in the US for a maximum of 3 months to carry out research in any of the areas...

Young Academy of Scotland

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 44 new members. These members will make up the fourth intake cohort and join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership’. The group comprising 25 women and 19 men...

Update to National Academies Joint Statement on Turkey

Update on Wednesday 27 July 2016.

The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh note that in the past few days, the Council of Higher Education of Turkey has indicated that the ban on Turkish academics travelling abroad, which applied to academics at state universities, has been lifted, albeit on a conditional basis.

It has also issued the following statement [r...

Joint Statement from European Academies: Science is Global

On the occasion of the ESOF conference in Manchester 2016, Europe’s Academies celebrate the value of science and research. Many of today’s most pressing challenges are global ones. International science and research collaborationsgreatly enhance the knowledge and tools we need to tackle them.

This means institutions from across Europe need to be free to recruit excellent re...

National Academies speak out on situation in Turkey

The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh have today, Friday 22 July, published the following statement on the current situation in Turkey:

The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh deplore the attempted military coup d’état in Turkey. In keeping with the democratic principles which have been secured, we urge ...

Research and Innovation after the EU Referendum

The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Irish Academy and the Learned Society of Wales have today, 19 July 2016, published a joint statement on research and innovation after the EU Referendum.

These seven academies represent the best researchers in their fields in Great Britain and Nort...

Latest RSE newsletter now published

Our latest newsletter includes: the exciting news of Facebook's purchase of company set up by former RSE Enterprise Fellow, Two Big Ears; the appointment of RSE Fellow, Professor Sheila Rowan MBE, as new Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland; report of third event in trilogy of discussion forums on biodiversity, Life in Soil: Does it Matter?; RSE President's portrait unveiled; plus upda...

British Academy announces new President and 66 new Fellows

The British Academy today announced that Professor Sir David Cannadine will be its 30th President, taking up office in July 2017.

The election of 66 new Fellows was also been announced.

The RSE offers its congratulations to them all, and particularly to two of our Fellows:

Honorary FellowProfessor Sir Paul Nurse HonFREng FMedSci FRS HonFRSE, Past President of the Royal Society, Direct...

RSE President on the EU Referendum

Last week a majority of voters in the United Kingdom Referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) chose to leave the EU. While the overall result was to leave, underlying that outcome were wide geographical variations, with Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and almost all the major cities in England voting to remain, whereas Wales and many non-metropolitan areas in England opted to leave.
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An Education Research Strategy for Scotland

On 9 June 2016, the Royal Society of Edinburgh hosted a roundtable discussion, bringing together 20 educational researchers and Scottish Government representatives. The focus of the meeting was to discuss and contribute to the Government's plans for developing a research strategy to inform educational policy and practice in Scotland.

The discussion covered the following areas:



The nee...

Innovation Centres

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has responded to the Review of the Innovation Centres Programme commissioned by the Scottish Funding Council.

The RSE Advice Paper supports the original vision for the Programme and addresses questions around the extent to which Innovation Centres are delivering against this vision, and the relationship between business and academia.

The full response can be ...

Higher Education and Research Bill

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has produced a Briefing Paper in advance of the second reading of the Higher Education and Research Bill in the House of Commons. The paper has been sent to relavent MPs, MSPs and Government Ministers.

The paper draws together the conclusions from two recent Advice Papers:

Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student ChoiceThe Findings of the Nurse Review...

Science Talks at Sanquhar for Summer Solstice



Dumfries and Galloway will become a science hotspot later this month when a group of leading scientists present a series of lectures in Sanquhar on the theme ‘Our Sun, Our Star’.

One of the key speakers is RSE President, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophy...

Queen's Birthday Honours

The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Fellows have been honoured for services to the arts, sciences, business, public service and education.

Full details of those Fellows honoured is available here....

Scottish Government Announces New CSA.

The Scottish Government has this morning announced the name of the new Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA).

Professor Sheila Rowan, MBE, FRSE, University of Glasgow will start her new post of CSA for Scotland on 13 June 2016.

President of the RSE, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell congratulates Professor Rowan and welcomes the appointment, “The Royal Society of Edinburgh is strongly...

Air Passenger Duty

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has responded to a consultation put out by the Scottish Government on a Scottish Replacement for Air Passenger Duty (APD).

The RSE submission expresses reservations over whether the proposed reduction in the rate of APD in Scotland by 50% would play any significant role in improving connectivity or strengthening the economy.

The paper also stresses the effici...

Briefing Paper for MSPs

Following the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016, the Learned Societies' Group on STEM Education in Scotland (the LSG) has prepared a briefing paper for MSPs, summarising key priorities for the delivery of STEM education in schools. The paper comments on:

- The potential implications of the Scottish Government's National Improvement Framework for science education.

- The reso...

Science in Emergencies

An RSE working group has responded to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's Inquiry into Science in Emergencies, with the focus on Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) incidents.

The UK Government has been able to learn lessons from previous emergency situations, including the H1N1 (2009) influenza pandemic and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (2011). Ho...

RSE President, Jocelyn Bell Burnell to speak at solstice festival

"The summer solstice marks the first birthday of this unique site which, once a coal mine, has become a truly inspirational artland representing exciting discoveries and theories of the universe". (The Duke of Buccleuch).

As part of the event, Professor Bell Burnell will speak at the Sanquhar town hall on Friday 24 June at 7pm on Our Universe in Pictures, Poetry and Music.

Saturd...

RSE Fellows Elected to National Academies

The Royal Society of Edinburgh would like to congratulate the following RSE Fellows, who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society:

Professor Sarah Cleaveland OBE, Professor of Comparative Epidemiology, University of Glasgow;Professor James Dunlop, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, University of Edinburgh;Professor Dame Anne Glover DBE, Vice-Principal External Affairs & Dea...

Science Communication

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into Science Communication.

The Advice Paper stresses the importance of science to British culture and recommends that a 'science communication champion' in government should be identified to take on responsibility for this area.

The RSE notes with concern that it is eas...

RSE Joins CaSE

The RSE is pleased announce that it has joined the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) as an organisational member.

President of the RSE, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, commented,

“The RSE welcomes the work that CaSE does in raising the profile of science and technology in Westminster and Whitehall. We have worked closely with CaSE on many issues over the years from a shared ...

Report now available - The UK in Europe. In or Out?

This event was sponsored by the RSE, Centre on Constitutional Change, UK in a Changing Europe and the University of Aberdeen.

At this Q&A event,Professor Michael Keating,Professor Justin Greenwood,Professor Paul Beaumont andProfessor Claire Wallacediscussed the issues at stake, including:



The impact of the EU on the economy and jobs

Immigration

European and national se...

RSE responds to clarified Anti-Lobbying Clause

Following the statement to the House of Lords by Lord Bridges of Headley, indicating that neither the Research Councils, Higher Education Funding Council for England or the National Academies will be covered by the new Anti-Lobbying Clause, the President of the RSE, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell commented, “The RSE welcomes the clause not applying to expert advice coming from all branches of...

The Findings of the Nurse Review of Research Councils

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has responded to the findings of the Nurse Review of resarch councils.The RSE submitted comments in April 2015 to this review.The proposals in the Nurse Review are accompanied by subtle qualifications and caveats. It is important in taking forward the Review that the Government fully appreciates and heeds these. The RSE welcomes, therefore, the recommendation that th...

Project to support better understanding of science in court

The Lord Chief Justice, The Royal Society and Royal Society of Edinburgh today announce the launch of a project to develop a series of guides or ‘primers’ on scientific topics which is designed to assist the judiciary, legal teams and juries when handling scientific evidence in the courtroom. The first primer document to be developed will cover DNA analysis.

The purpose of ...

Report now available - Understanding European Challenges

The conference was sponsored by the RSE, the Centre on Constitutional Change and UK in a Changing Europe.

The Keynote speaker was Brigid Laffan MRIA, Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Director of the Global Governance Programme, European University Institute (EUI), Florence. The European Union is facing unprecedented challenges, including the problems...

Anti-Lobbying Clause

The RSE has made a call to urge the UK Government to suspend the introduction of the new "anti-lobbying" clause and enter into an open consultation on the issue.

Imposing a restrictive ‘catch all’ anti-lobbying clause as a standard condition of all UK Government grants is a disproportionate and excessive reaction to a very few questionable instances of organisatio...

Research Excellence Framework

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted an Advice Paper to help inform Lord Stern's review of the Research Excellence Framework.

The paper, which was produced and submitted jointly with the Learned Society of Wales, notes that REF2014 was an improvement over the previous RAE2008 process. However, the RSE and LSW highlight issues surrounding the introduction of 'environment' as an index fo...

RSE Responds to Inquiry

The Royal Society of Edinburgh RSE has responded to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Inquiry into the Impact of EU Regulation and Policy on the UK Life Sciences.

The paper acknowledges thatScotland makes a significant contribution to the impact of life sciences research. It hosts the UK’s second-largest life sciences cluster and one of the most sizeab...

RSE Fellow Appointed as Scots Makar

The RSE would like to offer its congratulations to Jackie Kay, one of this year’s new Fellows, on her appointment as Scotland’s Makar, the National Poet for Scotland. She is taking over this role from Liz Lochhead, who was elected an Honorary Fellow of the RSE in 2014.The Fellowship of the RSE covers the creative arts as well as physical and life sciences, the professions, busi...

RSE welcomes 56 new Fellows

Outstanding scientists, eminent academics and celebrated professionals join Scotland’s National Academy.

Announced today are the names of 56 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Hailing from sectors that range from the arts, business, science and technology and academia they join the current Fellowship whose varied expertise sup...

Demography of Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee's inquiry into the demography of Scotland.

The Advice Paper found that the age dependency ratio in Scotland is due to rise over the next quarter of a century, with the increase in the post-retirement population likely to lead to increased demands for health and social care services.

The...

The Renewable Energy Sector in Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted evidence to inform an inquiry by the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee into the renewable energy sector in Scotland.

The RSE Advice Paper stresses the importance of the renewable energy sector to Scotland, noting that it draws in over £1 billion of investment, provides 21,000 jobs, and plays a key role in helping the UK meet clim...

A Future for Public Service Television

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted evidence to the Inquiry into a Future for Public Service Television.

The RSE paper builds upon the past work the Society has undertaken around public service broadcasting and, in particular, the role and future of the BBC.

The Advice Paper stresses the need for public service television broadcasters to continue to create high-quality and marketa...

RSE Congratulates Fellow

The RSE is delighted to hear that one of its Fellows, Professor Richard Morris CBE has been awarded The Brain Prize for 2016.

This major award gives further international recognition to Professor Morris’s achievements. In 2014 he was awarded an RSE Royal Medal - the most prestigious of the RSE’s awards - for his pioneering work which has raised the possibility of treatments...

Review of Qualifications and Assessment

In order to influence this important review, the Learned Societies Group has highlighted the STEM aspects of the national qualifications in Scotland that it believes need to be considered. This includes: ensuring a strategic approach to the review developments; addressing multi-course teaching in the sciences (i.e., where two or more different levels of science courses are taught in the same class...

Converge Challenge 2016

The RSE is a partner in the Scotland-wide company creation competition and start up development programme for students, graduates and staff from all Scottish universities and research institutes.

Converge Challenge, which supports business ideas at all stages of development and across all sectorshas launched its 2016 programme – its biggest to date with new partnerships and a new awa...

OECD report on Curriculum for Excellence

The RSE Education Committee has had a long-standing position on the need for independent evaluation of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. It therefore welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to commission the OECD review of Curriculum for Excellence. The RSE Education Committee met recently to discuss the OECD’s report, “Improving Schools in Scotland....

RSE President Congratulates Scientists Involved in Discovery of Gravitational Waves

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President of the RSE and renowned astrophysicist, today responded to the news that gravitational waves have been detected.

“As President of the RSE, Scotland’s National Academy, I’d like to extend my warmest congratulations to all the Scottish scientists involved, including past and present members of the University of Glasgow ...

RSE Prizewinners 2016

Some of Scotland’s most exceptional academic talent is recognised as the RSE reveals its 2016 Prizewinners. These awards are presented to individuals at the height of their disciplines, as well as those who are showing great potential in the early stages of their careers. Representing areas as diverse as particle physics, entrepreneurship and race equality, they highlight the vitality an...

RSE Responds to draft Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016-2021

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on a draft Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016–2021.

The paper identified two major challenges. First is how to make the next stage of the Land Strategy an over-arching strategy which joins together other highly relevant policies and strategies often separated by sector, to achieve a more holistic,...

General Secretary Writes to MSPs over Lobbying Bill

The General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Alan Alexander, has written to MSPs, including the First Minister, leaders of the oppositon parties and members of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, expressing concerns over the proposed Lobbying (Scotland) Bill.

In the letter Professor Alexander draws attention to the recent RSE Advice Paper, which was submitt...

Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' consultation on the Green Paper addressing Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student choice. The response noted the importance of undertaking work to more adequately define what constitutes 'good teaching' so that it may be better implemented and monorited in universities.

The p...

New Year Honours

The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's New Year Honours. Fellows have been honoured for services including Engineering, Social Sciences, Medicine and Higher Education. Full details of those Fellows honoured is available here....

Digital Learning, Teaching and Skills

In its major report into digital participation in Scotland the RSE recommended that the Scottish Government must take a national lead in ensuring that Scotland’s young people, adults, businesses and organisations have the information and digital skills required for a thriving 21st Century digital society through formal education, workplace learning and lifelong and community learning. Th...

Latest RSE newsletter now available

The Winter 2015 edition of our newsletter, ReSourcE, is now available online.

It includes details of several exciting events that ran in November, including the 2015 Christmas Lecture with Stampy at the Dundee Caird Hall and our involvement in Science and the Parliament, as well as: comment on the BBC Charter and GM Crops; details of a recent visit to Taiwan and the signing of an MoU with the ...

Quiz a Whiz: New YouTube Series is Launched



The RSE has launched a new digital project for school pupils calledQuiz a Whiz. School children are invited tosubmit questions to quiz 'whizzes' who are RSE Fellows, experts and RSE event speakers. The responses of the whizzes are filmed and the videos uploaded to YouTube.



Videos featuring Author Ian Rankin, Forensic Anthropologist Professor Sue Black, Theoretical Physicist and Nobel...

The Role of the Media

A report of a discussion organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the role of the media in Scotland has been published.

The discussion event, held at the RSE in November, sought to explore the issue, which had been highlighted as a key area of interest during the RSE's Highlighting the Constitutional Debate seres (2012-2014).

The meeting brought together a diverse range of relevan...

Christmas Lecture, 'Stampy's Christmas Cake Caper' now on CBBC iPlayer

The hugely popular RSE Christmas Lecture is now available to watch online. Hear Chris van der Kuyl and Stampy discuss how to be a successful YouTuber and watch Stampy reveal his behind-the-scenes secrets as he creates a special Minecraft episode live on stage.



The buzz around this year’s Christmas Lecture has been amazing. When news broke that Minecraft legend Stampy Cat (aka Jo...

Health Happiness and Wellbeing: Supporting the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

‘Health,happiness and wellbeing’ (HHWB) is a new programme of research supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Scotland Foundation. The programme aims to examine the factors that enable young people to make successful transitions from adolescence to adulthood.

This transition has been highlighted as a particularly critical stage where a number of influences can ha...

National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education

The draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education has the twin aims of improving attainment overall while also closing the gap between the most and least disadvantaged children. A key component of the Framework is the development of a new national standardised assessment, focussed on literacy and numeracy, for children in primaries 1, 4, 7 and in S3.

The RSE hosted a roundtable d...

Inspiring Brilliance: Celebrating Maxwell's Genius and Legacy

The profound impact of James Clerk Maxwell, whose work continues to influence scientific and technological innovation, was celebrated by leading academics at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s recent conference, Inspiring Brilliance: Celebrating Maxwell’s Genius and Legacy.

Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Higgs, CH FRS FRSE was among the eminent speakers from across the UK wh...

RSE responds to the Nurse Review of the UK Research Councils

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has responded to the publication today of the report by Sir Paul Nurse Ensuring a successful UK research endeavour. The RSE submitted comments in April to this review of the UK Research Councils.

The RSE is pleased that this long awaited report recommends a process of evolutionary change within a structure that retains the current seven Research Councils. H...

RSE responds to call for evidence on human rights

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the European and External Relations Committee’s call for evidence on human rights. The response noted the preliminary nature of the discussion as no draft proposals for a “British Bill of Rights” are yet available to examine.

The paper also stressed that, while the RSE is broadly supportive of enshrining t...

Scottish Fiscal Commission

The RSE has responded to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee’s consideration of the Scottish Fiscal Commission (Scotland) Bill. Professor Jeremy Peat OBE FRSE will represent the RSE when the Finance Committee takes evidence on the Bill on Wednesday 18th November.

The purpose of the Bill is to establish the Scottish Fiscal Commission on a statutory basis, thereby formalising its...

Dr Cairong Jiang Awarded RSE/BP Hutton Prize in Energy Innovation



Scientific talent was celebrated at Science and the Parliament; an event organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry on 11 November. Bringing together leading scientific bodies and politicians from across all parties, the conference focused on the theme of ‘Science and the Scottish General Election’.

The outstanding achievements of school pupils from across Scotland in...

Stampy's Christmas Cake Caper (An Adventure in YouTubing)



30 November, 20157 pm, The Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee DD1 3BB

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is delighted to announce that Joseph Garrett AKA Stampy Cat will deliver the 2015 RSE Christmas Lecture on St Andrews Day in the Caird Hall, Dundee. Stampy is one of the world’s most successful YouTube stars. His unique brand of Let’s Play videos based around popular games...

RSE Fellows Elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

The Royal Society of Edinburgh would like to congratulate the following RSE Fellows, who have been elected as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences:

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde (and currently General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh)

Professor John Beath OBE, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Unive...

Ian Rankin in Conversation with Prof Sue Black

When RSE fellows forensic anthropologist Prof Sue Black and crime writer Ian Rankin met in conversation on 21 October, what came across was the real mutual respect they hold for each other’s work. Despite being in front of an audience of 250 local people at St Matthew’s Academy, Saltcoats, the conversation flowed and the topics were wide ranging. The pair told anecdotes about t...

Nobel Prize in Economics to RSE Fellow

Congratulations to Corresponding Fellow, Professor Angus Deaton, who has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Economics. Edinburgh-born Angus Deaton, Dwight D Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University, USA, was appointed a Corresponding Fellow of the RSE in 2010. The award has been made in recognition of his analysis of consumption, poverty and welfare.

RSE General...

RSE responds to consultation on BBC Charter Review

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport consultation on the BBC Charter Review. The response stresses the need for stronger governance arrangements for the BBC and consideration to be given to a new model of funding. The paper also highlights the need for the organisation to continue to produce high-quality content, keep up with techno...

Status and Supply of Science and Maths Teachers in Scotland

A report of a joint discussion organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Royal Society on the status and supply of science and mathematics teachers in Scotland has been published.

The discussion event, held at the RSE earlier this year, sought to explore the Royal Society’s Report on a Vision for science and mathematics education, in the context of developments in Scotland.

RSE Enterprise Fellows Celebrate Success at the 2015 Converge Challenge Awards



Jointly funded by The Scottish Funding Council and Scotland's eight research-intensive universities, the Converge Challenge is Scotland’s premier company creation competition, supporting budding entrepreneurs explore the commercial potential of their inventions.

Dr. Walker, who is about to embark on a Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)/SE Enterprise Fellowship, imagined Photon For...

Latest RSE newsletter now available

The RSE newsletter, ReSourcE Issue 48 for Autumn 2015 has now been published.

Highlights in the Autumn 2015 (no. 48) edition include: RSE comments on Entrepreneurial Education in Scotland and Options for Scotland's Gas Future; interview with Professor Sue Black OBE FRSE; details of recent RSE visit to China; full list of RSE research and innovation awardees in 2015 and news of the Rese...

RSE Calls for a Rational GM Debate

In light of the Scottish Government’s recent decision not to permit the use of EU approved genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland, the RSE has published an advice paper which it hopes will stimulate a rational debate on a complex issue around which there are deeply held opposing views.

RSE fellow, Professor Nigel Brown commented, “Scotland is renowned for its world-cla...

RSE Fellow Elected to National Academy

The RSE offers its congratulations to RSE Fellow Professor Rene de Borst, Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, University of Glasgow, who has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering this year.The full list of new Academy of Engineering Fellows is available here....

Work and Outcomes of Education Scotland

The RSE Education Committee has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee call for evidence on the work and outcomes of Education Scotland.

The RSE has reiterated concerns about Education Scotland having responsibilities for both curriculum development work and for evaluation of those developments. The RSE has stated that consideration needs to be given t...

£2.7M Support Granted to Leading Researchers in RSE Awards

Under schemes funded by public and private bodies, over 100 distinguished researchers will receive £2.7M in awards from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). These prestigious awards illustrate the huge contributions made by the research community to Scotland’s development, economy and wellbeing.

To read the full press release, click here....

RSE Responds to Higher Education Governance Bill

The RSE has responded to the Education and Culture Committee’s call for evidence on the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill. It has used the opportunity to reiterate its concerns, previously raised with the Scottish Government, that the proposals set out in the Bill undermine the crucial tenets of independence and autonomy that are the foundations of a vibrant, successful HE sect...

Work and Outcomes of the Scottish Funding Council

The RSE has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee consultation on the work and outcomes of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

The RSE is concerned that increasing intervention from the Scottish Government has eroded the arms-length relationship it has with the SFC. The RSE argues that in order to preserve the creative autonomy that has underpinned th...

Scottish Qualifications Authority Consultation

The Learned Societies Group on Scottish Science Education (LSG), which is facilitated by the RSE, has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee consultation on the work and outcomes of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The LSG’s focus is on the developments in science and mathematics.

The LSG recognises that the implementation process...

RSE calls for investment in research to boost productivity

The RSE has set out a case for increased investment in the science budget in this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review. The RSE observes that the UK research base is internationally recognised as one of the strongest in the world, however our investment is falling behind that of many of our main competitors in the EU and OECD. To maintain the competitive position of the UK and to contrib...

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has responded to the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on its scrutiny of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

The RSE recognises that Scotland's land is one of the nation's most significant assets, delivering a vast range of goods and servcies that are crucial to local communities, to Scotland's society and to its natural ...

Urgent call for meeting on GM crops

Following recent comments by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead MSP, opposing the growing of GM crops in Scotland, the RSE has joined with a broad range of organisations with an interest in science calling for an urgent meeting.

Professor Alan Alexander, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh commented, “As a national academy charged with the &...

RSE responds to Scottish Government consultation on radioactive waste

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on an implementation strategy for Scotland’s policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste. The response questions the lack of a clearly structured plan in the Strategy which would provide timescales for the courses of action to be taken. The RSE also expresses concern over issues of siting, pub...

RSE responds to Scottish Government consultation on radioactive waste

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on an implementation strategy for Scotland’s policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste. The response questions the lack of a clearly structured plan in the Strategy which would provide timescales for the courses of action to be taken. The RSE also expresses concern over issues of siting, pub...

RSE responds to Scottish Government consultation on radioactive waste

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on an implementation strategy for Scotland’s policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste. The response questions the lack of a clearly structured plan in the Strategy which would provide timescales for the courses of action to be taken. The RSE also expresses concern over issues of siting, pub...

RSE responds to Scottish Government consultation on radioactive waste

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on an implementation strategy for Scotland’s policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste. The response questions the lack of a clearly structured plan in the Strategy which would provide timescales for the courses of action to be taken. The RSE also expresses concern over issues of siting, pub...

RSE responds to Scottish Government consultation on radioactive waste

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on an implementation strategy for Scotland’s policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste. The response questions the lack of a clearly structured plan in the Strategy which would provide timescales for the courses of action to be taken. The RSE also expresses concern over issues of siting, pub...

RSE responds to Scottish Government consultation on radioactive waste

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on an implementation strategy for Scotland’s policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste. The response questions the lack of a clearly structured plan in the Strategy which would provide timescales for the courses of action to be taken. The RSE also expresses concern over issues of siting, pub...

RSE responds to Scottish Government consultation on radioactive waste

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on an implementation strategy for Scotland’s policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste. The response questions the lack of a clearly structured plan in the Strategy which would provide timescales for the courses of action to be taken. The RSE also expresses concern over issues of siting, pub...

RSE responds to Independent Commission on Competitive and Fair Taxation Inquiry

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted evidence to the Independent Commission on Competitive and Fair Taxation. The response from the RSE stresses that the devolution of new powers over taxation to the Scottish Parliament, as suggested by the Smith Commission, presents a unique opportunity for Scotland to move to a more transparent, fairer and more efficient tax system.

The response war...

RSE responds to Scottish Government consultation on Lobbying Transparency Bill

The RSE has submitted a response to a Scottish Government consultation on a proposed Lobbying Transparency Bill. The response questions whether a case has been established that legislation on this topic is required. The RSE also recommends to the Government that if it does choose to proceed it needs to be careful not to put an onerous bureaucratic burden on organisations in civic Scotland who are ...

RSE Fellows elected to National Academies

The RSE congratulates Fellows who have been elected tothe following National Academies:

The British Academy

Honorary FellowDame Carol Ann Duffy HonFRSE Poet Laureate

FellowsProfessor Andy ClarkLogic & Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh

Professor Stephen ReicherPsychology, University of St Andrews

View full list of new BA Fellows

The Royal Society

Professor All...

RSE signs joint communiqué calling for action on climate change

The RSE, along with 23 other academic and professional institutions in the UK, has signed a joint communiqué calling on national governments to take immediate action if they want to avert the serious risks posed by climate change. The institutions say that to tackle climate change, governments, including that of the UK, must seize the opportunity at the climate talks in Paris in Decembe...

Scottish Fiscal Commission proposals

The RSE has responded to the Scottish Government's legislative proposals for putting the Scottish Fiscal Commission on a statutory footing.

The RSE is of the view that Scotland needs an independent fiscal body which is capable of providing authoritative and independent assessment of the fiscal position and the general prospects for the Scottish economy.

The Commission should not be restric...

Entrepreneurial Education in Scotland

The RSE Business Innovation Forum has examined and reported on the delivery of entrepreneurial education in Scotland. In doing so, members of the Forum met with stakeholders from across Scotland's entrepreneurial and education sectors to discuss young people's exposure to enterprise and entrepreneurship skills.

The report finds that Scotland's universities can play a leading role in developing...

Options for Scotland's gas future

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has published a wide-ranging report into options for Scotland’s gas future, calling for the public to be given a genuine opportunity to influence the decision-making process and be provided with meaningful information.

The report follows a Scottish Government announcement in January of a temporary moratorium on unconventional gas development, incl...

Queen's Birthday Honours

The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Fellows have been honoured for services to music, higher education, science and economics.

Full details of those Fellows honoured is available here....

Education (Scotland) Bill

RSE Fellow and Chair of the Society’s Education Committee, Professor Sally Brown, will today give evidence to the Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee. Her contribution will focus on the RSE submission to the Committee’s current inquiry into the Education (Scotland) Bill. The Committee meeting begins at 9.30 am and can be viewed online via the Scottish Parliament...

President of Chinese Academy of Sciences visits RSE

During a brief visit to Scotland, Professor Bai signed the Fellows roll as part of an admission ceremony led by RSE President Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Professor Bai later travelled to Glasgow to meet with Scottish Government First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP. He was also given a presentation at the University of Strathclyde on Scotland's burgeoning network of Innovation Centres.

...

The Education (Scotland) Bill

The RSE Education Committee has responded to the call for evidence from the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill.

The RSE is of the view that the Scottish Government needs to clarify its strategic approach in relation to the purpose and aims of the Bill in addressing the attainment gap. The Bill does not propose how ...

Scotland's Fiscal Framework

RSE Fellows Professor John A. Beath, Professor David Bell and Professor Michael Keating will today give evidence to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee. Their contributions will focus on the RSE submission to the Committee’s current inquiry into proposals for a fiscal framework, as set out in the UK Government command paper, Scotland in the United Kingdom: an enduring settlement.
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Nominations for BP-funded prize now invited

RSE/BP Hutton Prize in Energy Innovation

This award, funded by the BP Trust, and carrying a prize of &pound;10,000, is made on a biennial basis by the Council of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, to an individual early-career researcher based in Scotland, who has shown &ldquo;a significant individual contribution to energy innovation through research and knowledge exchange&rdquo;.

Scotland's Fiscal Framework

The RSE has responded to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee&rsquo;s call for evidence on Scotland&rsquo;s Fiscal Framework.

The RSE is concerned about the speed at which implementation of the Smith Commission recommendations for the devolution of new powers to the Scottish Parliament is proceeding. There is a fundamental need to consider the underpinning principles of the consti...

Nurse Review of Research Councils

The RSE and the RSE Young Academy of Scotland have jointly responded to the Nurse Review of Research Councils, highlighting the pivotal role played by the Councils in the UK&rsquo;s world-class research system: protecting the Haldane principle, driving and supporting excellence and forming a key leg of the dual support system for research funding.

While it is Government that rightly identi...

Investment demonstrates value of RSE Enterprise Fellowship scheme

A company formed during an RSE Enterprise Fellowship funded by the BBSRC has today announced the receipt of &pound;2m from investment led by Epidarex Capital, an international early-stage life science venture capital fund.

Clyde Biosciences Ltd. was formed by company CEO Dr Margaret Anne Craig in 2012 and spun out of Glasgow University&rsquo;s College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sci...

RSE 2015 Prizewinners

Some of Scotland&rsquo;s most outstanding academic talent is being highlighted as the Royal Society of Edinburgh reveals its 2015 Prizewinners. The annual awards are made to pre-eminent individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their discipline, and those who are showing great potential in the early stages of their career.

For the full list of awardees read the press release....

EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas outlines research vision

EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carolos Moedas, outlined his vision for European research in his first public lecture in the UK since taking office in November 2014. The event took place at the Royal Society in London and was organised through a partnership involving the RSE, Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. At ...

RSE responds to the Dowling Review

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in its response to the Dowling Review on research collaboration between universities and business has made a number of key recommendations:



New and better arrangements need to be established about the sharing and exploitation of intellectual property (IP)

There needs to be a step change in the support for programmes that support the ...

BBSRC renews commitment to RSE Enterprise Fellowships

RSE Enterprise Fellowships funded by BBSRC encourage the development of new businesses building on previously funded BBSRC research.

The scheme has been renewed until 2018, with the option to extend it for a further two years.

Anne Fraser, RSE Awards Manager, said: "The BBSRC's commitment to the Enterprise Fellowship scheme has enabled many researchers to turn their ideas into s...

Applications invited for RSE Enterprise Fellowships

The RSE Enterprise Fellowship scheme provides support to researchers and innovators who have promising science or technology business ideas that they would like to commercialise.

With funding from Scottish Enterprise, the BBSRC and STFC, awardees concentrate solely on developing their proposals, whilst receiving one year&rsquo;s salary, expert training in entrepreneurship, and access to me...

RSE welcomes 56 new Fellows

The names of 56 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows the RSE have been announced. Spanning the arts, business, and science and technology sectors, they join the RSE in its work to place the advancement of learning and useful knowledge at the centre of public life in Scotland.

New Fellows are elected each year through a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the F...

NASA Chief Scientist Dr Ellen Stofan visits RSE for special schools event

NASA Chief Scientist, Dr Ellen Stofan, is visiting the RSE today (Friday 27 February 2015) to deliver a talk about space to over 100 school pupils from Edinburgh, Livingston, Dunfermline and Monifieth.

Dr Stofan was appointed to her current position in August 2013, serving as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's science programs and science-related strategic...

Converge Challenge 2015

Converge Challenge 2015 launches today at the RSE.

The RSE is a partner in the pan-Scotland company creation competition and entrepreneurship development scheme for staff, students and recent graduates of all Scottish universities and research institutes. The programme supports business ideas at all stages of development and across all sectors

The total Converge Challenge 2015 prize fund i...

Launch of International Year of Light

The United Nations has named 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

An event at the RSE today (Monday 23 February 2015) marked the Scottish launch of the International Year by exploring how light is fundamental to the existence of life on earth, and the ways in which it plays an increasingly important role in shaping our society through medicine, communications, ...

Scotland in the UK: An Enduring Settlement

The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the British Academy have jointly responded to the proposals of the United Kingdom Government on further devolution. The joint submission raises concerns about the &ldquo;enduring&rdquo; nature of the proposals given the limited time available for consultation with civic Scotland and independent experts.

The response also calls for the establishment of...

RSE announces Scottish Borders outreach programme

The RSE is delighted to announce details of its next major public outreach programme.

RSE @ Scottish Borders will deliver a year-long series of events for schools and the public, designed to enable everyone in the region to address issuesrelating toits future development and continuing prosperity.

The first event for schools takes place on 19 February and will be followed by a public lectu...

Higher Education Governance

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland&rsquo;s National Academy, has submitted its response to the Scottish Government&rsquo;s consultation on proposals for a Higher Education (HE) Governance Bill.

It is right for the Scottish Government to expect consistently high standards of governance of Scotland&rsquo;s higher education institutions (HEIs). But this will not be achieved by a...

Cormack Vacation Scholarships 2015

Under the auspices of the Robert Cormack Bequest Fund, The Royal Society of Edinburgh is pleased to invite applications for a limited number of undergraduate Vacation Research Scholarships in the field of Astronomy, for Summer 2015.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduates, normally up to and including the Summer before final year. All Scholarships have a duration of six weeks. Cormack...

RSE concerned about Europe's commitment to science

The General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Alan Alexander, has confirmed concerns raised by the Society about the European Commission's approach to science and research.

"The Commission has made two major errors in recent months. First, the position of the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Commission was not retained; and, second, it now proposes to reduce Horizon 20...

European funding concerns raised

European Commission proposals to reduce the Horizon 2020 budget for research and innovation by &euro;2.7bn have been questioned by the President of the RSE, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and the Chief Executive of SCDI, Ross Martin, in a joint letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

They write, "Research funding from Horizon 2020 supports cutting-edge inn...

Taiwan delegation explores potential for Scottish collaboration

A joint workshop between the RSE and the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology is taking place this week. The purpose of the visit is to explore opportunities for exchanging ideas on sensors and imaging and their applications, and to identifying areas for collaboration between scientists in both countries. The visit includes a two-day seminar at the RSE for academics and practitioners, as well...

New Year Honours

The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's New Year Honours. Fellows have been honoured for services including Culture, Education and Public Engagement.Full details of those Fellows honoured is available here....

UK Science and Innovation Strategy

HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation &amp; Skills have published (Wednesday 17 December) the UK Government&rsquo;s long-term strategy for science and innovation. It follows a round of consultation and evidence gathering, to which the RSE responded in August 2014.

Titled, Our plan for growth: science and innovation, the new strategy is largely related to non-devolved ...

RSE President writes to UK Prime Minister about European funding concerns

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has written to The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, urging him to resist proposals by the European Commission to divert &euro;2.7 billion from the Horizon 2020 budget to pay towards a European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI).In the letter, Dame Jocelyn writes:The UK performs extremely w...

Evaluation of Curriculum for Excellence

The absence of a systematic programme of independent evaluation of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) has been a long-standing and key concern of the RSE Education Committee. The RSE therefore welcomes the Scottish Government&rsquo;s decision to commission the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to undertake an independent review of CfE. The OECD review is expected to re...

RSE delegation in China

Leading figures from Scottish academia and business travel to China today (2 December 2014) as part of an RSE led delegation to promote Scotland&rsquo;s Innovation Centres. They will also explore opportunities for the two nations to collaborate on research projects that could support mutual economic growth and innovation.

Three of Scotland&rsquo;s new Innovation Centres &ndash; the...

Lego league inspiration for Scotland's future computing stars

Beginning this weekend (Saturday 29 November) at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, 28 teams of pupils from schools across Scotland will compete in the FIRST LEGO league championships. They will use robots they have built with Lego to take part in a series of educational challenges. Following events will happen on 2 December at the Glasgow Science Centre and 10 December at Aberdeen&rsquo;s Satros...

European Scientific Adviser role abolished

Following the announcement on Thursday 13 November 2014 that the position of Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to the European Commission is being abolished, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, said,

&lsquo;The scrapping of the role is deeply disappointing. Only yesterday people across Europe were proudly celebrating the remarkable achievements of...

School science report raises teaching concerns

The findings indicate that the amount of money spent per pupil on science education for the Curriculum for Excellence in primary and secondary schools in Scotland is less than in England for their more traditional courses. The average annual spend on science in 2013/14 in Scottish primary schools was &pound;1.62 per pupil. This compares with &pound;2.89 in England in 2011/12, according to ...

Special event with RSE President at Irvine Royal Academy

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will deliver her first public engagement as RSE President at Irvine Royal Academy on 25 November at 7pm, as part of the Talk Science @ Irvine Bay programme.

The event is being specially recorded by the BBC for the Radio Scotland series, Brainwaves, and will be broadcast in January 2015.

The event is open to all members of the public and will feature Dame...

RSE submission to the Smith Commission

In its submission to the Smith Commission the RSE chose to comment on only one issue, that being the future of research funding.

"In the circumstances that Scotland has voted to remain in the UK and that both Governments recognise the strength of the current framework, it is the view of the RSE that the Research Councils should continue to operate on a UK-wide basis".

"The R...

Europe 2020

The RSE has responded to the European Commission&rsquo;s consultation on its strategy for &lsquo;smart, sustainable, inclusive growth&rsquo; in Europe.

Launched in 2010, Europe 2020 sets a number of targets in the areas of employment, research and development, energy, education and poverty. At its mid-point, and following a financial crisis that was longer and deeper than envisaged...

Franco-Scottish focus on MS

A seminar took place at the RSE yesterday, on how partnerships between Scottish and French academics, clinicians and scientists, might lead to new drug discovery programs for treating MS .

Presentations by experts from both countries were made during the day-long event. These were followed by a public lecture entitled Multiple sclerosis; has research got us to the end of the beginning or the b...

Natural Science Foundation of China visit RSE to explore collaboration



International collaboration between researchers in Scotland and China was explored at workshops held at the RSE during 20-22 October. Participants working in marine science, with a focus on biodiversity, presented their work and toured the Sea Mammal Research Unit in St Andrews.

The workshops were used to share details about the recently-established RSE-NSFC Joint Project Scheme, which su...

Talk Science @ Irvine Bay

Talks by Professor Richard Morris and Professor Maggie Gill OBE are amongst the first in a series of special public events that will take placein Irvine Bay.

The Talk Science @ Irvine Bay programme also incudes a dedicated schools programme, aimed at stimulating the aspirations of young people in the area.It will involve an electic mix of free talks, lectures and workshops, organised by the RS...

Becoming a Good Food Nation

The RSE has responded to the Scottish Government&rsquo;s consultation on a new national food and drink policy for 2015. Welcoming the vision set out for Scotland as a &lsquo;Good Food Nation&rsquo;, the RSE has called for this to be tempered by a degree of realism on the timescales envisaged for achieving the desired outcomes.

The Scottish Government&rsquo;s discussion document...

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell begins term as RSE President

The outstanding astrophysicist and prominent science communicator Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE MRIA has started in her role as President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She succeeds the former President, Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA PPRSE, who gave his closing address last night.

Professor Dame Jocelyn is best known for discovering pulsars, one of the most significant scient...

Honorary Fellow wins Nobel Prize in Economics



Congratulations to Professor Jean Marcel Tirole HonFRSE, who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics 2014 for his work on market power and regulation.

Professor Tirole was elected an Honorary Fellow of the RSE in 2013 and was welcomed to the Fellowship by Sir John Arbuthnott at last year's ASM on Monday 7 October 2013.

Read the BBC announcement of Nobel award...

RSE Research Awards reach £4m

More than 100 distinguished academic researchers, the majority of whom are based in Scotland, are to receive &pound;4.1m in awards from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. This is the highest figure ever granted by the Society, under schemes funded by both public and private bodies.

The awards provide funding for individuals to pursue academic research or investigate the commercial potential o...

Curriculum for Excellence

The Scottish Parliament's Education Committee is reviewing progress on the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and the new National Qualifications.

In doing so, it is holding evidence gathering sessions with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and members of the Curriculum for Excellence Management Board.

The RSE's Education Committee has produced a briefing paper to help inf...

Applications invited for RSE Enterprise Fellowships

The RSE Enterprise Fellowship scheme provides support to researchers and innovators who have promising science or technology business ideas that they would like to commercialise.

With funding from Scottish Enterprise, the BBSRC and STFC, awardees concentrate solely on developing their proposals, whilst receiving one year&rsquo;s salary, expert training in entrepreneurship, and access to me...

Referendum Outcome

The President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA, and the President-Elect Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS MRIA, have responded to the referendum outcome. Sir John and Dame Jocelyn have written jointly to the First Minister, Alex Salmond, and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, following this morning's referendum outcome. Their letters are available to read here:

Lette...

Science Scotland - Special Issue

Scotland's Innovation Centres are the focus of the latest issue of Science Scotland, the magazine dedicated to showcasing the best scientific stories from across the nation. With over &pound;120m invested in eight facilities, each article demonstrates the breadth of work taking place in this growing sector, the results of which should help provide better healthcare and medicines; more sustaina...

RSE Research Awards reception

The annual RSE Research Awards reception is held to mark the allocation of funding by the Society towards important research work that is being carried out across academia and business in Scotland.

Over 100 distinguished individuals gathered at the RSE on Tuesday 1 September to celebrate the support that is being made to their various projects. Their achievements and discoveries enhance knowle...

Digital Skills for the future workforce

The RSE has responded to the recently established House of Lords Digital Skills Committee as it consults on the skills that will be needed by the future workforce if the UK is to be competitive on the global stage.

Considering the difficult question of how to prepare young people for careers that may not yet even exist, the RSE has emphasised the need to focus on literacy, numeracy and informa...

UK Science and Innovation Strategy

The RSE welcomes the opportunity to comment on what the scale and scope of the UK Science and Innovation system should look like by 2020.

The RSE response draws together key issues under the following headings:

Infrastructure

Business Investment

Talent

Reaping the Benefits

The response highlights the importance of inter-disciplinary working to innovation, and suggests that ...

Scotland's Young Academy appoints new members



The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 43 new members. This is the third intake to join the existing membership of 113.

The YAS was formed in 2011 to work towards addressing the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

Comprising 20 women and 23 men, with an average age of 37, the new cohort brings a diverse range of ski...

Community Empowerment and Capacity Building

The Scottish Government is currently legislating to extend its policy of community empowerment through the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced to Parliament on 11 June 2014. Full details of the Bill are available from here.

Recognising that legislation is only one aspect of this work, the Scottish Government invited the RSE to organise a seminar to examine, in greater d...

RSE Council Statement on Research and the Referendum

In June 2014, a discussion was held at the RSE, introduced by a speech from Scotland&rsquo;s Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong learning, Michael Russell MSP on research funding in the context of the independence debate.

Following that discussion the RSE issued a statement on Research Funding and the Referendum.

In July 2014, a further discussion was held at the University of...

Talk Science @ Irvine Bay

The RSE in partnership with the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company is planning a year-long programme of inspirational events in an area famed for its history in the life sciences. Read more on the Schools Events pages....

"An organisation in good heart", RSE Fellows' Triennial Dinner



The RSE Fellows' Triennial Dinner took place at the Glasgow City Chambers yesterday evening. The event is traditionally held to mark the outgoing President&rsquo;s three-year term of office and presents an opportunity for the Fellowship to reflect on recent achievements.

Last night, current President Sir John Arbuthnott welcomed over one hundred Fellows to the dinner, as well as visit...

Research and the Referendum

The discussion at the University of Glasgow on 24 July was an opportunity for RSE Fellows and members of the Young Academy to hear from and discuss with The Rt. Hon. Dr Greg Clark MP, the newly-appointed UK Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, research funding in the context of the independence debate. The Minister was joined by his predecessor, The Rt. Hon. Mr David Willetts MP, for the...

RSE Fellows Elected to the British Academy

The Royal Society of Edinburgh would like to congratulate the following RSE Fellows, who have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy:

Professor John Curtice, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde

Professor (Francis) Stephen Halliwell, Professor of Greek, University of St Andrews

The full list of new Fellows is available on the British Academy website here....

Proposals for Long-term Capital Investment in Science and Research

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is pleased to respond to the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on proposals for long-term capital investment in science and research. The RSE response focuses on what we believe are the key areas of consideration for capital investment in science and research.

It is the view of the RSE that universities have proven excelle...

RSE Council Statement on Research and the Referendum

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland&rsquo;s National Academy, today issued a statement on Research Funding and the Referendum.

The statement follows a discussion held at the RSE earlier this month, introduced by a speech from Scotland&rsquo;s Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell MSP. The RSE is grateful to Mr Russell for his informative comm...

Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Honours

The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Fellows have been honoured for services in areas including business, philanthropy, history and science.

Full details of those Fellows honoured is available here....

Joint report finds that Scotland starts businesses but fails to grow them

More ways of filling the investment gap between early-stage angel funding and large-scale funding are needed for emerging Scottish companies. This is one of the key findings in a new report by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). The three institutions examined the challenges facing emerging compani...

Fellows' financial expertise recognised in nominations to Scottish Fiscal Commission

Three Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh have been proposed as appointments to the independent Scottish Fiscal Commission. The nominations for Lady Susan Rice as Chair, and Professor Andrew Hughes Hallett and Professor Campbell Leith as Members of the new commission, were announced by the Scottish Finance Secretary yesterday.

Appointments to the commission have to be approved by the Sco...

RSE Fellows Elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences

The Royal Society of Edinburgh would like to congratulate the following RSE Fellows, who have been elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences:

Dr Andrew Peter Jackson FRSE FMedSci, Programme Leader MRC Human Genetics Unit, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist, University of Edinburgh

Professor Angus Iain Lamond FRS FRSE FMedSci, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Du...

Rural Affairs and Environment Research Strategy

The Scottish Government has been consulting on the Rural Affairs and Environment Research Strategy. The consultation focussed on the vision and underlying principles for the funding of rural affairs and environment research in Scotland for the period 2016-2021.

In its response the RSE is supportive of the Scottish Government&rsquo;s proposal that the Main Research Providers (MRPs) will con...

Enlightening the Constitutional Debate e-Book now available

Enlightening the Constitutional Debate presents highly-informed and non-party-political analyses of the key issues at stake in the independence referendum. Following exceptional demand the book recently entered its second print run and it is now available to download for free in e-Book format.Download the e-Book.Find out more about the Enlightening the Constitutional Debate series. ...

Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation

Deprivation in Scotland has a far more significant effect on broadband uptake than geography or connection speeds, and extremes of digital exclusion and inclusion are much wider than previously thought, with almost one in five Scottish households in areas where most of their neighbours are likely to be offline. These are the findings of Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation, the report o...

Second print run for Enlightening the Constitutional Debate

Due to an overwhelming demand which has surpassed all expectations, the RSE and British Academy&rsquo;s landmark book on the Scottish independence debate has entered its second print run, only one week after being launched. Enlightening the Constitutional Debate will also soon be available in eBook format from the RSE website and other online outlets. The book presents highly-informed and non-...

RSE Digital Participation Inquiry Report to launch 30 April

Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation: Launch of Report

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 9.30am to 11.00am

At the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

The RSE's Inquiry into digital participation has gathered evidence throughout Scotland and across the public, private and third sectors on Scotland&rsquo;s transformation to a digital s...

Young Academy of Scotland Applications now open

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is now recruiting for new members. Application forms can be found on the YAS website and will close on the 2nd May. Practitioners within business, the professions, the public sector, the creative arts and sport are particularly encouraged to apply.The YAS was established by the RSE in 2011 and currently has 117 emerging leaders drawn from academia, the profe...

National Academies launch landmark book on the future of Scotland and the UK

A vital sourcebook for anyone who takes an interest in Scottish and UK affairs, Enlightening the Constitutional Debate presents reports from a series of events held since January 2013, and addressed by the UK&rsquo;s foremost experts and thinkers, to examine the core concerns surrounding Scotland&rsquo;s future. Each report is unique in offering both highly-informed and non-party political...

RSE Newsletter (ReSourcE) published

The most recent RSE Newsletter No. 42 (ReSourcE) is now available online. If you would like to receive the newsletter in hard copy, please contact Jenny Liddell.

Highlights in the Spring 2014 (no. 42) edition include: announcement of 54 new Fellows; Professor Mary McAleese delivers the 2013 MacCormick European Lecture; latest on the Enlightening the Constitutional Debate series; visit to...

Academic excellence recognised as RSE announces Royal Medals and Prizes

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is highlighting some of the UKs most outstanding academic talent with the announcement of its Royal Medallists and Prizewinners for 2014. These annual awards are given to pre-eminent individuals working at the present time, and range from those who have reached the pinnacle of their disciplines and are regarded as such internationally, to those who are showing great ...

Scotland's Educational and Cultural Future

The Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee is holding an inquiry into Scotland's potential educational and cultural future in the context of the independence debate.

In its response, an RSE working group comments on:

How current immigration policies are impacting on Scottish universities' and colleges' ability to attract and retain international students;

The social, cul...

New RSE Fellows announced

The names of the 54 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) were announced at an RSE Ordinary Meeting on Monday 3 March 2014. These outstanding people come from a wide variety of disciplines, spanning the arts, business, science and technology sectors. They will join those Fellows, past and present, who have strived to attain the RSE&rsquo;s ...

RSE course on iTunesU

The course is all about web technologies and how to create a website, including HTML. It is aimed at providing pupils with an understanding of modern information systems concepts. As well as lessons, exercises and sample answers, this resource contains suggested additional activities and inter-disciplinary learning opportunities. Vist iTunes U for information on how to download the course....

Proposed Amendments to European Data Protection Regulation

Health and scientific research will be severely threatened if proposed amendments to the Data Protection Regulations are taken forward by the European Parliament. This warning was issued by a pan-European coalition of leading medical and scientific research organisations on 29 January 2014.

Read the joint statement on the Regulation to which the RSE has given its support....

Ten RSE Fellows in top UK Scientists Poll

A list of the UK's leading 100 practising scientists includes ten Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland's National Academy.

Published by the Science Council, the list intends to highlight a collective blind spot in the approach of government, media and the public to science, which either tends to reference dead people or to regard only academics and researchers as scientist...

New Computing Science School Resource Published

Under a joint project the RSE and the BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT, have been developing teaching materials to exemplify and support Computing Science-related aspects of Curriculum for Excellence and the new National Qualifications in Scotland.

The latest resource can be used to support aspects of the Information Systems Design &amp; Development Unit of the National 4 and 5 Computing...

Listen to Mary McAleese giving 2013 MacCormick European Lecture

On 16 December Mary McAleese HonFRSE gave the 2013 MacCormick European Lecture. The evening saw a full house at the RSE and Mrs McAleese received a standing ovation for her talk. Mrs McAleese's topic was the Good Friday Agreement fifteen years on, and her talk is now available to listen to, in full, on our Past Events pages....

New Year Honours

The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's New Year Honours. Fellows have been honoured for services including Economics, Chemistry and Science, Technology and Innovation.

Full details of those Fellows honoured is available here....

BBC Trust Service Review on News and Current Affairs

The RSE has called for the BBC Trust to consider the need to establish a guidance and review panel for Scotland to oversee output on the referendum, in its response to the Trust's Service Review on News and Current Affairs.

It also suggests that the BBC Trust should engage in scenario planning around the two possible outcomes of the referendum, as it is unlikely that, whatever the outcome, rev...

The Future of Scotland's Biodiversity

In September 2012 the RSE responded to the Scottish Government&rsquo;s consultation on the draft Scottish Biodiversity Strategy. Following this response and in collaboration with Scottish Environment LINK, the RSE hosted a discussion forum earlier this year on the future of Scotland&rsquo;s biodiversity.

The discussion summary can be read here.

This was an opportunity to discuss th...

Research & enterprise funding and prizes

The funding which the RSE provides supports Scotland's cultural, economic and social wellbeing. The programmes through which this funding is made available aim to:



Attract and retain those with outstanding potential to establish their Science, Technology, Engineering &amp; Mathematics (STEM) and Arts &amp; Humanities careers in Scotland, and to make long term contributions to...

RSE responds on the development of Scotland's National Marine Plan

The Scottish Government has been consulting on Planning Scotland&rsquo;s Seas, including the development of Scotland&rsquo;s first National Marine Plan (NMP). The intention is that the NMP will provide an overall framework for planning and decision making for all the activity which takes place in Scottish waters.

In its response the RSE recognises that the draft NMP represents an impre...

RSE-NSFC 2013 Workshop on Cognitive Neuroscience

National Natural Science foundation of China &amp; The Royal Society of Edinburgh

2013 Workshop on Cognitive Neuroscience

29-31 October 2013, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

The topic for this seminar was &lsquo;Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Psycholinguistics (particularly in relation to Chinese language processing), Interaction and Communication Visual Cogniti...

2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to RSE Fellow

Following the announcement today by the Nobel Prize Committee regarding Professor Peter Higgs, Sir John Arbuthnott, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland&rsquo;s National Academy, said:

&ldquo;Peter Higgs is one of the great modern scientific minds. I am delighted Peter has been awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics. This well-deserved honour is the ultimate recognition of ...

New RSE General Secretary and Council take Office

Following the appointment of Professor Alice Brown CBE FRSE as Chair of the Scottish Funding Council, it has been agreed that Professor Alan Alexander OBE FRSE will succeed Alice as General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

The President of the RSE, Sir John Arbuthnott, thanked Professor Brown for her time in office as General Secretary, saying, &ldquo;It has been a pleasu...

Prizes Nominations Now Open

The call for nominations for the 2014 RSE Prizes for Public Enagement, Senior and Early Career Prizes is now open and will remain open until 5pm Friday 29 November 2013.The nomination form and supporting information is available to download, and a hard copy can be supplied on request.

More information can be found on the following pages:

2014 RSE Prizes for Public Enagaement Sponsored by t...

Enlightening the Constitutional Debate: Borders, Immigration & Citizenship

The latest in the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and British Academy (BA) events on Enlightening the Constitutional Debate took place on the evening of Wednesday 25 September.

The event hosted a public discussion on the impacts of constitutional change upon borders, immigration and citizenship. This seminar examined how constitutional change might affect the citizenship rights and status of ...

To Let. Self Contained city-centre, office accommodation

The property comprises the third floor of an attractive 4-storey and lower ground, B Listed period building with return frontage onto George Street and Hanover Street. The suite is self contained and benefits from a dedicated entrance off Hanover Street with lift access to the third floor suite.

Internally, the layout provides for a mix of open-plan office areas and individual rooms w...

Culture and Broadcasting

The report on the sixth of the British Academy (BA) and Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) events on Enlightening the Constitutional Debate has now been published.

The public discussion on culture and broadcsting was held at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Saturday 24 August 2013, as part of the 2013 Festival of Politics.

Download report on Culture and Broadcasting....

Autumn 2013 Startup Science Masterclasses Dates Announced

Twice a year, the RSE and partner universities deliver a series of free science masterclasses across Scotland. At these masterclasses, S1 and S2 students get up to all sorts of scientific mischief and mayhem, dissections and designs: creating things &ndash; from bagpipes to perfume; breaking down plant DNA; exploring the bug world around us; learning how to design things &ndash; from plane...

Currency, Banking and Financial Services after the Scottish Referendum

The report on the fifth of the British Academy (BA) and Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) events on Enlightening the Constitutional Debate has now been published. On Wednesday 24th July 2013 the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh held a small forum, with invited experts, to discuss questions surrounding banking and financial services in the aftermath of the referendum on Scottish in...

RSE responds to proposals for an independent fiscal body

In the context of the new financial powers arising from the Scotland Act 2012, the Scottish Parliament&rsquo;s Finance Committee is undertaking an inquiry into proposals for an independent fiscal body.

In its response, the RSE states that it will be necessary to consider the constitutional arrangements within which the proposed independent fiscal body will be operating. The form of body re...

RSE Fellows Elected to the British Academy

The Royal Society of Edinburgh would like to congratulate the following RSE Fellows, who have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy:Professor Paul Boyle FBA FRSEChief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council; President, Science Europe and Professor of Geography, University of St AndrewsProfessor David Fergusson FBA FRSEProfessor of Divinity and Principal of New College, University ...

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presents RSE Royal Medals

On his first public appearance since June, Prince Philip visited the RSE on Monday 12 August and presented RSE Royal Medals and the IEEE/RSE/Wolfson, James Clerk Maxwell Award 2013

RSE President, Sir John Arbuthnott said "We deeply appreciate the interest Prince Philip has shown in the Society during over 60 years of Honorary Fellowship and are particularly delighted to see His Royal High...

RSE Fellows Elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Society of Edinburgh would like to congratulate the following RSE Fellows, who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering:Mr Donald Anderson OBE FREng FRSEFounder and Vice President of Global Advocacy, Optos plcProfessor Muffy Calder OBE FREng FRSEChief Scientific Adviser for ScotlandProfessor Christopher Hall FREng FRSEEmeritus Professor of Materials, Senior Profes...

Open for nominations. RSE/BP Hutton Prize in Energy Innovation

RSE/BP Hutton Prize in Energy Innovation

This award, funded by the BP Trust, and carrying a prize of &pound;10,000, is made on a biennial basis by the Council of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, to an individual early career researcher based in Scotland, who has shown a significant individual contribution to energy innovation through research and knowledge exchange.

Closing date 6 Septe...

Scottish Government response to RSE Women in STEM Report

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages has written to the RSE, setting out the Scottish Government's full response to the RSE's Report, Tapping All Our Talents.

The Scottish Government agrees with many of the conclusions and recommendations in the Report, and recognises that a coordinated, collaborative and cooperative approach is required to address the iss...

An Audience with Peter Higgs

On 20 June, Professor Peter Higgs presented the story behind the Higgs Boson to a packed McEwan Hall in Edinburgh. Professor Higgs was joined by four generations of Edinburgh physicists in setting out the importance of this discovery.

The panel talked about the inspiration behind the theory and the extraordinary technology and human endeavour that enabled the discovery to be made. The prese...

Queen's Birthday Honours

The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Fellows have been honoured for services to culture, microbiology and science.Full details of those Fellows honoured is available here....

Portrait of Professor Peter Higgs CH FRS FRSE unveiled at the RSE



In order to commemorate the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and to honour the man whose outstanding research was central to proposing its existence, the RSE commissioned Victoria Crowe OBE, FRSE to paint a portrait of Professor Peter Higgs. The painting was unveiled at the RSE on the occasion of the Fellows&rsquo; Summer Reception in June 2013.

The unveiling was followed by a discussion...

RSE and Saltire Foundation announce new Fellowship

The 2013&ndash;14 Saltire Fellowship is a better, faster, cheaper option to an MBA or equivalent executive education, with international prestige and networks.



Designed and delivered in partnership with Babson College, Boston &ndash; the #1 US Business School for Entrepreneurship;

Short, sharp &ndash; unlike an MBA, the core programme is intense and delivered in Scotland, ...

RSE Group visits European Parliament





On 30th May the RSE took a group of twenty five academics and university research funding administrators to visit the European Parliament in Brussels to learn more about the European Commission&rsquo;s Horizon 2020 funding programme. The group were welcomed by Alyn Smith MEP, whose office had organised the day of meetings for the group and subsidised the visit.

The group met with...

Proposals for changes to entry requirements for teacher education in Scotland

The RSE Education Committee and the Learned Societies Group on Scottish Science Education, of which the RSE is a member, have responded to the GTCS call for views on proposals for entry requirements to programmes of teacher education in Scotland.

Both the RSE Education Committee and the Learned Societies Group are concerned by the absence in the proposals of any requirement for those applying ...

RSE Fellows Elected to the Royal Society

The Royal Society of Edinburgh would like to congratulate the following RSE Fellows, who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society:

Professor Keith Ball, Scientific Director, International Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Professor William Earnshaw, Professor and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Sir John Savill, Vice-Principal, University of Edi...

Scotland Needs a Balanced Energy Policy

The RSE has prepared a briefing paper for MSPs as background for the debate on Scotland Needs a Balanced Energy Policy in the Scottish Parliament on 1st May 2013.

The RSE has been engaged in trying to inform energy policy for a number of years, including undertaking its own major inquiry, Energy Issues for Scotland, which reported in 2006.

The briefing paper highlights that in terms of sec...

Final report from the Commission on School Reform

The RSE Education Committee has issued a response to the final report from the Commission on School Reform, By Diverse Means: Improving Scottish Education (reported on 4th March 2013).

The Commission was established by the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Reform Scotland in November 2011 to consider whether the school system in Scotland is meeting the present and future needs of young peo...

Digital Participation : take part in a national inquiry

Members of the public across Scotland are invited to take part in a national inquiry into the changing role of digital technology. The inquiry will explore how digital technologies and the internet (including the world-wide-web, mobile gadgets, mobile apps, email, and social networking sites) are used by the public, businesses, government and charities on a day to day basis. It will examine w...

Royal Medallists and Prize Winners announced

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is pleased to announce its Royal Medallists and Prize Winners for 2013.The RSE President, Sir John Arbuthnott, in announcing the awards commented, &ldquo;One of the greatest privileges of the role of being President of the Society is the opportunity to meet many of the most talented people working in Scotland today.

Through these awards we are recognising out...

New Fellows Elected

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is pleased to announce its new intake of Fellows for 2013. This year, there are 47 new UK and International Fellows to add to our 1500-strong Fellowship. Fellows are elected following a rigorous five-stage election process, and will now play an important role in ensuring that the RSE can continue its work for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge.

Scotland and the European Union.

Enlightening the Constitutional Debate: Scotland and the European Union

The first of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) discussion events, in partnership with the British Academy (BA), on Enlightening the Constitutional Debate took place last week on the 13th March. Over 150 people attended the event.

The event was chaired by the journalist Peter Jones and introductory speeches were made...

Triennial Review of Research Councils

The RSE has responded to the Department for Business, Innovation &amp; Skills' Triennial Review of the Research Councils. The Society has grouped its comments around the following six headings:

- Is the current Research Council structure appropriate?

- Maintaining the Haldane Principle.

- Promoting innovation and economic development, and the relationships between Research Councils...

RSE Young Academy of Scotland Welcomes 50 New Members

RSE Young Academy of Scotland Welcomes 50 New Members

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 50 new members. They will join the 68 existing members from April 1st. Almost two hundred applications were received for membership. These were considered by RSE Fellows and the trustees of the Young Academy including its Co-Chairs. The new members,26 women an...

Spring 2013 Startup Science Masterclasses Dates Announced

Twice a year, the RSE and partner universities deliver a series of free Science Masterclasses across Scotland. At these Masterclasses, S1 and S2 students get up to all sorts of scientific mischief and mayhem, dissections and designs, creating things from bagpipes to perfume and breaking down plant DNA, exploring the bug world around us, learning how to design things, from planes to bridges, and ev...

Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has launched its latest independent major Inquiry into &ldquo;Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation&rdquo;.

The Inquiry is jointly chaired by Professors Michael Fourman and Alan Alexander and will involve a group of experts in the field. They will engage with people, communities and businesses across Scotland, as well as examining examples...

RSE response on public services reform

The RSE has responded to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Regeneration Committee&rsquo;s inquiry into public services reform. The RSE believes that any significant programme of reform should be driven by an &ldquo;outcomes based&rdquo; approach, i.e. one that focuses on what services are to be delivered and what the services are designed to achieve. Effectiveness should be ...

RSE response to the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill

In its response to the Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee&rsquo;s consideration of the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill, the RSE Education Committee comments on the absence of an overarching strategy for a reformed post-16 education system. The plans for the college sector are much more specific than those for the universities. Strategy for the university sector appears to be...

Life in the Universe

You are invited to a day of free talks and discussions on the subject of &lsquo;the possibilities and science of ET life and the search for it&rsquo;. Eminent expert speakers include Sir Roger Penrose, Dr Chris Lintott (of Sky at Night) and Professor John C Brown FRSE, Astronomer Royal for Scotland. The day is designed for the general public (ages 8 and up) and is unticketed, but space is ...

New Year Honours

The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's New Year Honours. Fellows have been honoured for services to physics, higher education, music and the media.

Full details of those Fellows honoured is available here....

RSE Prizes for Public Engagement 2013

The deadline for nominations for the RSE Prizes for Public Engagement 2013 has been extended to Thursday 31 January 2013.&lrm;The Royal Society of Edinburgh launched the RSE Prizes for Public Engagement along with Edinburgh Beltane &lrm;in 2011, with the aim of recognising and rewarding the advancement of high-quality public engagement with research. Through encouraging those who &lrm;...

Computing Science Packs launched

Under a joint project, the RSE and the BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT, have developed teaching materials that support Computing Science-related aspects of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). Implementation of CfE and the introduction of new National Qualifications in Scotland have presented a timely opportunity to revise the way Computing Science is taught in schools and to provide a more interes...

Report explores Scotland's future in the United Kingdom















The issue of Scottish independence is one of the biggest constitutional issues facing the UK, with far-reaching consequences for all UK citizens. The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and British Academy Policy Centre (BA) have released a report outlining Scotland&rsquo;s past, present and future relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom.

The ne...

Development of a Single 'Knowledge Exchange Office'

The RSE Business Innovation Forum has responded to the Scottish Funding Council&rsquo;s proposals for the development of a single &lsquo;knowledge exchange office&rsquo; in Scotland.

Whilst the RSE is not persuaded of the need for a single knowledge transfer office we would welcome the development of a common policy on IP protection and ownership, for tax payer funded research, tha...

An Introduction to Computing Science

Implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and the development of new National Qualifications in Scotland have presented a timely opportunity to revise the way Computing Science is taught in schools and provide a more interesting, up-to-date and engaging experience for both teachers and learners.

New teaching materials are now available.

This is the first in a series of three resource...

The Financing of Business Innovation in Scotland

This report presents the outcomes and conclusions of a consultation process undertaken by the Royal Society of Edinburgh&rsquo;s Business Innovation Forum. It covers the topics of the financing of innovation in Scottish companies and the aspects and characteristics of the current financial environment which support or constrain businesses seeking to grow and develop in Scotland....

RSE Office bearers elected for coming Session

Council for the 230th Session was elected at the Annual Statutory Meeting on 1 October 2012.

The RSE Council is responsible for the governance of the Society. Reporting to that is an Executive Board which is reponsible for operational matters, and various Standing Committees, which report to the Board and / or Council.

The RSE also has three connected charitable trusts - the RSE Scotland...

Helping Scotland tackle the global challenges of the 21st Century

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland has invited applications to join its membership.

Visit the Young Academy Website for more information on applying

The Young Academy was established in 2011 and is associated with the Royal Society ofEdinburgh, which has a history dating back to 1783 and was influenced by many of the leadingfigures in the Scottish Enlightenment.

The purpose of the Young...

Professor Peter Higgs receives commemorative medal at RSE











Peter Higgs, the retired Edinburgh professor whose work has changed physics, has received a unique honour from Scotland&rsquo;s national academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

At the annual statutory meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh yesterday evening, Professor Higgs FRS FRSE was awarded a specially-commissioned medal in recognition of his outstandin...

RSE @ Lochaber

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is bringing a programme of events and activities to Lochaber from September 2012 - June 2013. The launch event which took place on the 17th September 2012 at the Snowgoose Restaurant, Nevis Range, Fort William was well attended and and received by the local community. The Speaker was Scottish Historian, Professor Tom Devine FRSE, and it was chaired by local MP, Rt Ho...

The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity

In its response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the 2020 challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity, the RSE comments that while the strategy document contains many laudable aspirations, it is weak on strategic action. The strategy should address how implementation is to be approached. The development of an action plan will be essential to the achievement of the strategy's high level outco...

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to present 2012 RSE Royal Medals and Maxwell Award

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to present 2012 RSE Royal Medals and Maxwell Award

Dr David Milne and Professor Sir Edwin Southern will receive RSE Royal Medals on Wednesday 26 September, alongside Professor Gerhard Sessler who will receive the James Clerk Maxwell Award.

All will be presented with their Awards by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh&rsquo;s Royal Med...

The RSE at the Scottish Learning Festival 2012

If you are attending the Scottish Learning Festival on Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 September, come visit Stand E71 to meet with the RSE Education team.

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) takes place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September at the SECC, Glasgow. The RSE will be represented by Consultations Officer, William Hardie and Events Officer, Maggie Twomey, who can be found at stand E...

RSE recognises the best of talent in Scotland

RSE recognises the best of talent in Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is hosted a reception on Monday 3 September for many of the leading researchers and innovators active in Scotland today.

The RSE, Scotland&rsquo;s National Academy of Science and Letters, hosted the event to recognise the wide range of activities engaged in by successful recipients of its 2012 Research A...

Draft Scottish Budget 2013 - 14

In a response to the Finance Committee on its scrutiny of the forthcoming Draft Budget 2013 - 14, the RSE urges the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to reconsider the founding principles of the budget-setting process in Scotland, making it fit for purpose in a time of tightening public expenditure.

It is increasingly important that budget decisions are taken within a strategic long-...

RSE to host Environmental Placement Programme 2012 Awards

For the third year in a row the RSE is hosting this National Final which showcases the best student placements who participated in an Environmental Placement Programme facilitated by the Bright Business Partnership Ltd during summer 2012: The Programme provides work experience opportunities across Scotland which place students and new graduates into businesses to help develop environmental project...

Fiscal Sustainability: Demographic Change and Ageing Population

In its response to the Scottish Parliament&rsquo;s Finance Committee Inquiry, the RSE states that fiscal sustainability will be influenced by the extent to which &lsquo;healthy ageing&rsquo; and preventative interventions are embedded into current and future policy priorities. With marked real term declines in public spending, the emphasis must be on securing best value from the availa...

RSE Prize Winners 2011/12 announced

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has today announced the winners of its inaugural prizes, recognising some of the top talent in Scotland at both senior and early career levels.

Renowned historian, Professor Tom Devine (University of Edinburgh) receives the RSE/Sir Walter Scott Prize for his outstanding contribution to Scottish History. World pioneer in the growing field of geomicrobiology, Profe...

RSE Fellows elected to the British Academy

The British Academy has elected 38 leading academic experts as Fellows, in recognition of their outstanding research across a wide range of disciplines spanning the humanities and social sciences.



Among that number are the following RSE Fellows.



Professor Knud HaakonssenEmeritus Professor of Intellectual History, University of Sussex



Professor Michael KeatingProfessor o...

RSE Fellows recognised by the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Society of Edinburgh would like to congratulate the following RSE Fellows, who have been recognised by the Royal Society for their achievements in their field of research.

Royal Medals - Sir Kenneth Murray FRS FRSE for his crucial contributions to the development of genetic engineering, to biotechnology and to the study of hepatitis viruses.

Sylvester Medal - Professor John Tolan...

Congratulations to Professor Peter Higgs FRS FRSE

The RSE wishes to congratulate Professor Peter Higgs FRS FRSE and the team at CERN on the news that they have discovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.Professor Higgs, a Fellow of the RSE, was awarded one of the first ever Royal Society of Edinburgh Royal Medals by Her Majesty The Queen in July 2000. This top accolade was presented to Professor Higgs for the enormous impact he has...

Queen's Birthday Honours

Birthday Honours 2012



The RSE is pleased to offer congratulations to the following Fellows of the Society mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours:

Knights Bachelor





Professor James (Jim) McDonald

Order of the British Empire





Commander (CBE)





Professor Irene Leigh





Officer (OBE)





Professor Jeremy Peat

Professor ...

Schooling in Scotland

In its response to the Commission on School Reform the RSE is clear that there is a need to consider what it is that the Scottish education system is trying to achieve.Much more consideration will need to be given to the factors that influence the decisions which learners make so that future learners are in a position to consider and take-up more diverse educational pathways.

In order th...

A Computing Science Course in Mobile App Development

Although first to be published, this is intended as the third in a series of resources developed by the RSE and the BCS Academy of Computing that exemplify a subset of the Computing Science-related outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence at Levels 3 &amp; 4 and beyond (specifically, in this case, National 4 Computing Science).

In addition to providing a course in programming for mobile devic...

Tapping all our talents - the launch of a report on Women in STEM

The majority of women with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects do not work in STEM areas. This is in contrast to men. The consequence is a serious loss to the economy. Scotland must address this issue.

On 4 April the Royal Society of Edinburgh will launch a Report on: &lsquo;Tapping all our talents. Women in STEM: a Strategy for Scotla...

The Island Universe Tour

Professor Martin Hendry FRSE has now completed his tour of the Hebridean Islands, having delivered a series of public lectures, school talks and star gazing events to audiences throughout the Scottish Western Isles.During the tour, Martin visited schools on Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, Barra, Skye, Tiree, Mull and Islay, as well as Oban. He also delivered public talks and presentations on...

A Referendum on Scottish Independence

In its response to the UK and Scottish Governments' proposals for a referendum on Scottish independence, the RSE believes that the UK and Scottish Governments should make every effort to arrive at an agreement as to the terms of an Order made under section 30 of the Scotland Act. Such an Order would require the approval of both Parliamentsand should remove doubt as to the power of the Scottis...

New Fellows Elected

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced its new intake of Fellows for 2012.There are 46 new UK and International Fellows to add to its 1500-strong Fellowship. The Fellowship of the Society covers science, arts, humanities, the professions, industry and commerce. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievement in the relevant field.In pursuit of its aim of the a...

Renewable Energy Targets 2020

In a response to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, the RSE has welcomed the impetus being given to the development of renewable energy generation capacity, but doubts that targets set for 2020 will be achievable within the constraints of finance available and acceptable cost.

With Scotland poised to lose nearly one-half of its electricity generation capacity in t...

Review of Further Education Governance

Professor RusselGriggs' Report of the Review of Further Education Governance in Scotland, which was commissioned by Michael Russell MSP,Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, has recently been submitted to the Scottish Government. As part of the process of considering the recommendations made in the report, the Cabinet Secretary has sought the views of the sector and other rel...

Bridging the Valley of Death

In response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee's inquiry into the commercialisation of research, the RSE has commented that:



A broad, systemic review of commercialisation, aimed at creating a culture of creativity and enterpreneurship in the UK, is urgently needed.

There is no one silver bullet: a package of incentives and actions must be combined with a c...

Scotland's Digital Infrastructure

The RSE has welcomed the Scottish Government's 'Scotland's Digital Future - Infrastructure Action Plan' which sets ambitious goals to deliver world-class broadband infrastructure for Scotland by 2020.

The plan recognises the need for an open access core infrastructure in Scotland, as called for in the RSE's 2010 report Digital Scotland, that is crucial to delivering next generation broadband t...

Scotland-Taiwan Workshop on Electronic Materials and Nanomaterials

The RSE and the National Science Council of Taiwan are pleased to be jointly-funding the &lsquo;Scotland-Taiwan Bilateral Workshop on Electronic Materials and Nanomaterials&rsquo; to be held on 6th and 7th February at the University of Edinburgh. The RSE and NSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2001 to facilitate, encourage and support research collaboration in all areas between res...

RSE Beltane Prizes for Public Engagement Winners Announced

Professor Tom Devine OBE Hon MRIA FBA FRSE, one of Scotland&rsquo;s leading historians has &lrm;been awarded the RSE Beltane Senior Prize for Public Engagement 2012. Additionally, The &lrm;University of Dundee&rsquo;s Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall has been announced as the winner of the RSE &lrm;Beltane Innovator&rsquo;s Prize for Public Engagement 2012. &lrm;With these presti...

RSE Fellows in New Year Honours lists

Commander (CBE)

Dr Robert William Black

Professor Alan Richard Bundy

Officer (OBE)

Professor Stuart Robert Haszeldine...

Reform of Post-16 Education

In its paper, Putting Learners at the Centre: Delivering Our Ambitions for Post-16 Education,the Scottish Government has set out proposals for wide-ranging reform of the full range of Government-funded post-16 education in Scotland - higher education, further education and skills. Through its Education Committee, which comprises individuals with expertise and experience in and across the scho...

Alcohol Minimum Pricing

As part of its consideration of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill,the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee issued a call for evidence on the generalprinciples of the Bill. The Bill contains a provision to introduce a minimum price of alcohol with the aim ofreducing alcohol consumption in Scotland and reducing alcohol related harm. Given the clear correlation between th...

RSE Fellow, Anne Glover, appointed as EC Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Glover will provide high-level and independent scientific advice throughout all stages of policy development and delivery. The Chief Scientific Advisor will provide advice directly to the President, and will give regular updates on major scientific and technological developments.President Barroso said: "I am delighted to appoint Professor Anne Glover to the post of Chief Scientific ...

RSE Young Academy of Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland&rsquo;s National Academy, welcomed members of the new &ldquo;RSE Young Academy of Scotland&rdquo; to an event on Tuesday 29th November.The Young Academy brings together some of the most able and innovative young academics, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals in Scotland, with the aim of harnessing their creativity to develop a ...

Scotland's Broadband Infrastructure

Scotland&rsquo;s broadband infrastructure will not only support the delivery of services, information &lrm;and entertainment to consumers in Scotland&rsquo;s homes, but will also enable Scotland&rsquo;s citizens, &lrm;communities, and businesses to become producers of value in the digital economy. It will &lrm;increase the efficiency of commerce, government, public services...

First RSE/BP Hutton Prize in Energy Innovation Awarded









David Wright with Professor Anne Glover





The RSE is delighted to announce that Dr David Wright, who is based within the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, has been awarded the first RSE/BP Hutton Prize in Energy Innovation, for his research entitled &ldquo;The detection of oil and gas from surface-based electromagnetic measurements&rdquo;.
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Enderby Report on Arts & Humanities Programme

Sir John Enderby delivers report on RSE Arts &amp; Humanities ProgrammeThe eminent physicist, Professor Sir John Enderby CBE FRS, has today delivered an independent evaluation which demonstrated the success of the RSE&rsquo;s Arts &amp; Humanities Grant Programme. The report shows the programme to be highly effective and contributing to many of the Scottish Government National Outcomes...

RSE gives evidence to Finance Committee on Scottish Government Spending



Read full briefing paper

The RSE believes that the Scottish Government's draft budget and spending review should be more explicit about how they will contribute to the Government's stated aim of sustainable economic growth. The RSE is concerned that the current budget does not meet certain criteria, namely: a strategic approach; the setting of priorities; evidence-based policy; cost-b...

ReSourcE. Autumn 2011















The RSE newsletter, ReSourcE is published quarterly.

The latest edition, number 33, issued in October 2011, includes news of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, details of the new President and General Secretary and a full list of Research Awards presented this year.







...

New RSE President and General Secretary take Office









Sir John Arbuthnott has succeeded Lord Wilson of Tillyorn as the next President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). He formally took over the role at the Annual Statutory Meeting of the Society.















Professor Alice Brown has also followed Professor Geoffrey Boulton as the General Secretary of the Society. Alice is the first woman to b...

Higher Education Governance

The RSE has responded to the independent review which has been commissioned by Scottish Ministers to examine higher education governance arrangements in Scotland.The RSE has responded to a review commissioned by Scottish Ministers on the governance of higher education in Scotland, commenting that the value of autonomy in supporting the institutional vitality that is necessary if an HEI is to maxim...

Role of Chief Scientific Advisers

Role of Chief Scientific AdvisersThe RSE has responded to the House of Lords Select Committee&rsquo;s call for evidence on the role of Chief Scientific Advisers in government department, emphasising the need for independence.Modern governments require scientific advice in order to be able to respond to the fast moving pace of scientific knowledge &ndash; knowledge that cannot routinely be ...

Low-Carbon Economy

The RSE set out key findings of its recent inquiry into climate change in a briefing note for MSPs ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on the low-carbon economy.The Royal Society of Edinburgh highlighted the key findings of its recent major inquiry &ldquo;Facing up to Climate Change: breaking the barriers to a low-carbon Scotland&rdquo; in a short briefing note sent to all MSPs ahead of ...

Reshaping the medical workforce

The RSE supports the overarching ambition of the strategy embedded in the Scottish Government&rsquo;s paper "Reshaping the Medical Workforce" to ensure higher quality healthcare services for patients but is concerned by the failure to factor in the critical role of clinical academics.

The RSE supports the overarching ambition of the strategy embedded in the Scottish Government&am...

The Young Academy of Scotland - Parliamentary Motion

S4M-00798 Liz Smith: The Royal Society of Edinburgh Launches New Young Academy of Scotland&mdash;That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) on the launch of the new RSE Young Academy of Scotland; notes that the first members of the new young academy have been chosen not only from all parts of Scotland, but also people originally from elsewhere in the UK or othe...

Preventative Spending in the Scottish Budget

Scotland currently faces an exceptionally difficult period for public expenditure, with marked real term declines in spending for the foreseeable future. Setting budgets within these decreasing limits will require the Scottish Government and Parliament to make tough decisions of a kind which have, over the last decade of increasing expenditure, not been required. Combine this with an electoral cyc...

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland&rsquo;s National Academy, is delighted to announce that it has today chosen the first members of the new &ldquo;RSE Young Academy of Scotland&rdquo;.

The RSE has established this Young Academy as a unique opportunity to bring together some of the most able and innovative young academics, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals in Scot...

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has carried out a series of important studies in recent years on issues that are central to the concerns of the Committee, and that draw on the great depth and breadth of experience in its Fellowship, which includes representatives of all of Scotland&rsquo;s major, relevant research bodies. The RSE&rsquo;s strength is its ability to bring together experts fro...

Arts and Humanities Research Funding

Workshops

Awards designed to encourage collaborative investigation into a research proposition that is at an early stage of its development. A Workshop is regarded by the RSE as &ldquo;the coming together of scholars at the early stage of planning and developing a collaborative research initiative.&rdquo; Funding will encourage and support a range of seminars, colloquia, workshops and ...

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presents RSE Awards

Leading human rights lawyer, Baroness Helena Kennedy, and renowned physicist and founder of Edinburgh Instruments Ltd, Professor Desmond Smith, were honoured today when HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was in Scotland to present them with the prestigious Royal Medals.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh&rsquo;s Royal Medals were instituted by The Queen to mark the Millennium and recognise outstanding ...

Science as a Public Enterprise

A response to the Royal Society of London.

Whilst the principle of open data must be embraced, a clear policy and funding framework will need to be developed.

A priority should be to help all citizens understand, as much as possible, the meaning of scientific enterprise, so that they can engage with it. New media, such as the blogosphere, offer excellent opportunities for increased interac...

Women In STEM. Call for Evidence

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, with the involvement of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, is addressing the challenge of developing a cohesive and comprehensive strategy for Scotland to tackle the under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The principal aims are to identify factors that appear to limit the proportion of women in the STEM work...

Conference Centre Last Minute Bookings

Book and hold an event in our Conference Centre during August and receive 50% discount on normal room hire rates....

Science Scotland

If there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that the human population will continue to suffer from disease and that we will need new, smarter, more tailored drugs to treat them.

This issue of Science Scotland focuses on searching for new drugs to improve treatment of existing diseases, as well as to explore opportunities of addressing treatment of diseases which have suffered from lack...

Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy

The UK Government and Devolved Administrations are developing a UK-wide strategy for planning for and responding to an influenza pandemic, taking account of the experiences and lessons learned in the 2009 (H1N1) influenza pandemic.

In terms of maximising the utility and cost-effectiveness of the strategy, we recommend that it should have a broader focus and in addition to influenza pandemics i...

Digital Scotland

Following the publication of Digital Scotland, we've worked with the Scottish Documentary Institute and film-makers Pulkka to make a short film on some of the themes raised in the report, including why Scotland needs fibre backbone to connect all its communities.















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The RSE Young Academy of Scotland

Young Academy of Scotland.

The economic, social and cultural vitality of any country relies heavily upon stimulating and attracting engagement of the talented and creative members of the rising generation to refresh and reinvigorate its technical excellence and cultural and political energy. They are crucial to a country&rsquo;s capacity to take bold, imaginative and principled a...

ReSourcE

The RSE newsletter, ReSourcE is published quarterly. The summer 2011 edition (issue 32) is now online.

This edition, issued on June 24, includes reports from some of the RSE's Enterprise Fellows (past and present), information on the Young Academy of Scotland, case studies from the International Exchange programme and the latest news from RSE@Dumfries and Galloway.

Download the Summer 2011...

New RSE Prizes Available

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is pleased to announce and launch its new prizes in Life Sciences; Physical, Engineering and Informatics Science; Humanities and Creative Arts, and Social Sciences, Education, Business and Public Service. Available at Senior and Early Career Level.

Senior Prize-winners will receive a medal. They are required to deliver a lecture in Scotland and related travel a...

Scottish School Education Issues

A short briefing paper for the Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee on the development and implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence, and the arrangements for the new national qualifications in Scotland.

The RSE Education Committee, Convened by Lord Sutherland of Houndwood KT FBA PPRSE, was established in 2009 with a remit for identifying and promoting priorities for edu...

The draft National Marine Plan (NMP)

The draft National Marine Plan is a significant step forward for marine management in Scotland. However, there are three major issues that still need to be addressed as the Plan develops. The RSE calls for consideration of how the Plan will be implemented; more detail on how direct conflicts between objectives will be dealt with; and discussion of how the NMP will sit along side European and UK ma...

Fellows Honoured in Queen's Birthday List

Birthday Honours 2011

Knights BachelorProfessor Harry BurnsOrder of the British EmpireDame (DBE)Professor Sarah Jane (Sally) MacIntyreCommander (CBE)Professor John Robert BrownProfessor Paul JowittProfessor Yasir Suleiman



Officer (OBE)





Dr Barbara Elizabeth Crawford





Professor William Alexander Campbell (Bill) McKelvey





Professor Mona Siddiqui

Carloway Review

Carloway Review of the Law and Practice Relating to the Detention and Questioning of Suspects. Read full response

While the RSE is anxious to contribute to Lord Carloway&rsquo;s review, there is concern that the review may not providethe opportunity required for a study in depth of the core principles of criminal law and procedure referred to.In general, the collective resources of the Sco...

New President Announced

Sir John Arbuthnott will succeed Lord Wilson of Tillyorn as RSE President in October 2011.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced the election of Sir John Arbuthnottas the next President of the Society. He will succeed Lord Wilson of Tillyorn in October.Sir John Arbuthnott is a distinguished microbiologist and former Principal of the Universityof Strathclyde. He also chaired the Gr...

Election Of New Fellows

The Society has announced the election of 45 new UK and International Fellows to add to its 1500-strong Fellowship of experts in the sciences, arts, humanities, the professions, industry and commerce. View list

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