In light of the Scottish and UK Governments’ advice around COVID-19, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone all the events we had planned up to the end of June. Some events will be rescheduled  later this year and we are also contacting our speakers to explore ways of potentially running some events online. See below.

We will update this page as and when we have more information. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

In the meantime, please visit our YouTube channel for all recordings of our previous events and lectures.


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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Throwback Thursday. An online discussion on sustainability in civil engineering with Professor Becky Lunn

Public Scrutiny: The importance of Scientific Outreach

The second discussion in our Throwback Thursday series is led by Dr Senga Robertson-Albertyn, Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee, who will reflect on being awarded the prestigious RSE Innovators Prize for Public Engagement in recognition of her contribution to communicating science in a fun and interactive way – at the RSE’s Winter Lecture at Wallace High School for an audience of S3 pupils where Dr Roberton-Albertyn discussed what motivated her to become a scientist and the importance of scientific outreach work.
RSE Investigates ... AI. A new series of Online Discussions on Artificial Intelligence with Dr Shannon Vallor

Technology’s Moral Debt in the COVID-19 Era: How Borrowing Against Public Trust Cost Us Public Health

In 2020 a global crisis, embodied in a tiny snippet of RNA, arrived on humanity’s doorstep. It required urgent, evidence-driven, well-coordinated, and cooperative social action on an unprecedented scale. It also required the decisive application of our best science and technology for pandemic control. Many of the most scientifically and technically advanced countries were not up to the task. Why?
Throwback Thursday. An online discussion on sustainability in civil engineering with Professor Niamh Nic Daeid

Stepping into a Virtual Reality Crime Scene

The third discussion in our Throwback Thursday series is led by Professor Niamh Nic Daéid, Professor of Forensic Science, University of Dundee and Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, who will reflect on her inspirational talk from the RSE’s Women in Science series - an exhibition highlighting some of the most talented leaders, thinkers and practitioners working in Scotland. Part of Niamh’s research is in the application of virtual reality in crime scene, allowing expertise to be brought into the crime scene remotely.