About the RSE

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is Scotland’s National Academy, established in 1783 for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge. The RSE’s mission remains the same today as in 1783 and is woven in to all that we do – knowledge made useful. As Scotland’s National Academy, we play a leading role in challenging and developing current thinking and ideas. We do this through harnessing the diverse knowledge and expertise of our Fellowship from across a wide range of disciplines and who represent some of the best and most brilliant minds living and working in Scotland today.

Here at the RSE, we believe that knowledge is only useful when it’s shared. With more than 1600 elected Fellows from a wide range of backgrounds and sectors, the RSE’s expertise can vary from physics to philosophy, the arts to astronomy. Thanks to their willingness to share their knowledge in a variety of forms, we are proud to present our brand new RSE Summer Events Programme Curious at our building on George Street throughout August.

Find out more about the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


The RSE has the following facilities available for visitors with disabilities:

  • Wheelchair Access with or without assistance
    • A ramped access for wheelchair users is located at 26 George Street. Please ring the bell to alert Reception to your presence or, alternatively, ring 0131 240 5000 for access.
    • If you have mobility impairment difficulties but are able to go up some steps, the building’s main entrance is via 22 George Street. Rails are available on both sides of the staircase (5 steps).
    • Lift: The main passenger lift accommodates a powered wheelchair which will enable access to most Society Rooms. Visitors using smaller wheelchairs can also gain access to the Kelvin and Wellcome West rooms via the smaller lift.
    • If your wheelchair is wider than 76cm please contact the Venue Manager for further guidance on access and dimensions in the building.
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