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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‘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.
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The Future of EU Research and Innovation

With the discussions on the design of the next framework programme underway, we find ourselves at a critical stage for research and innovation in Europe. In this lecture, European Commissioner for Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas, will offer his perspective on the future of research and innovation in Europe.

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.