RSE events include public lectures, conferences and discussion forums that are aimed both at the general public and the specialist.

The RSE’s independence and the breadth of its Fellowship combine to enable leading specialists, researchers and the general public to engage in well-informed debates on topical issues concerning the well-being of Scotland.

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Fascinating Futures

Drop in to one of our talks to discover fascinating future developments in medicine, forensic science, tourism, gaming, astrobiology and much more.

Charles Piazzi Smyth Symposium

Charles Piazzi Smyth FRSE fascinates a wide range of people – Astronomers, Historians, Photography experts, Egyptologists, Art lovers, and the public in general – and his legacy is being celebrated to mark the 200 years since his birth.
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Power to the People

Join this year's RSE's Lord Kelvin Medal recipient, Professor John Irvine as he highlights the potential of distributed technologies to make early and significant reductions in carbon dioxide impacts on the atmosphere.
Dr Fred Freeman

Hamish Henderson – A New Voice

Freeman’s illustrated lecture draws enchanting musical examples from the singing of John Morran, a pre-eminent singer of the Scottish folk movement, and the lecturer’s own moving recitations.