The RSE organises around 55 events each year including 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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What Keeps You Sharp?

Join Dr Alan Gow, at Castle Douglas Town Hall, to explore the questions “How do our thinking skills change as we age?” and “Do our lifestyles affect those changes?”. Come and hear what people think about their thinking skills, see how your beliefs match those of the general public, and see how all that matches current evidence.
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‘A rank reiver’: Kinmont Willie’s sword comes home

As the exhibition in Dumfries and Annan, ‘Swords in the Stories’, draws to a close, Dr Valentina Bold reflects on the significance of its key object, ‘Kinmont Willie’s’ sword. Recently discovered in the Annan Museum collection, this is a material culture object with strong links to intangible culture.

Putting the ‘f’ in Chemistry: Molecular exploration through the footnotes of the periodic table and our nuclear waste legacy

The subtleties of structure and bonding in compounds of uranium, the heaviest naturally occurring element, and its neighbours in the f-block are still poorly-understood. Drawing on our research to make exotic new molecules from these metals, this lecture will explore what chemistry can teach us about these complicated but important metals.

Battling Killer Fungi

Fungi cause more than a billion skin infections, more than 100 million mucosal infections, 10 million serious allergies and more than a million deaths each year. This lecture will look at research to address the threat on how fungi causes diseases to design novel fungal diagnostics, and new antifungal treatments.