Big or small, whether you are planning an international conference, educational seminar, prestigious dinner, business meeting or celebratory event, our venue can be tailored to meet your needs. With audio-visual facilities, technical and event support, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, and catering services, we can provide you with a comprehensive and flexible service, enhancing the success of your event.

Auerbach Room

Auerbach RoomThis bright and comfortable space is suitable for seminars, workshops or meetings, or is ideal as ‎a syndicate room if you are holding a larger event in the building. It can accommodate up to 20 ‎people (15 boardroom style) and its name recognises Charlotte Auerbach, an outstanding ‎geneticist, and amongst the first female Fellows elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in ‎‎1949‎.

James Clerk Maxwell Room

James Clerk Maxwell RoomDirectly off the main entrance hall, this traditional space is suitable for meetings, seminars and small receptions. Dedicated to James Clerk Maxwell, a past Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scotland’s greatest physical scientist, this peaceful room with cornicing and period marble fireplace contains original papers by Maxwell. A new addition to the room is a hologram of the James Clerk Maxwell Statue (by Alexander Stoddart) that was erected at the east end of George Street in November 2008.

Kelvin Room

Kelvin RoomA stunning dinner venue – elegant and warm, and a graceful space for smaller meetings of any type. Lord Kelvin was three-times President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh. A french-polished eighteen-seat table provides the room’s centrepiece. This impressive room has a beautiful marble frieze fireplace and walls lined with antique Utrecht Velvet. With AV and blackout facilities.



Lower Gallery

A flexible space, ideal for breakout, training or workshops, the design of this space focuses participants’ attention on your event. Connected by spiral staircase to the Upper Gallery above, and with access to the Swann Room. Projections can be made onto the whitewashed walls. Washrooms are located in the Lower Gallery.



A contemporary space with sprung wooden floorboards, whitewashed walls and a glass apex ceiling, this is a very versatile space which can be also set up for lectures. Leading directly into the Lecture Theatre and flowing by spiral staircase to the Lower Gallery below, it works perfectly on its own or when used in combination with adjoining spaces for arrival coffees, break-out sessions, workshops or catering. AV provision equips it as an overspill area to the lecture theatre. The Upper Gallery offers striking contrast to the historic grandeur of the main reception area form which it can also be accessed.

MacRobert Room

MacRobert RoomA quiet and elegant library room which is perfect for intimate dinners. It is also perfect for ‎Boardroom style meetings where deep and thoughtful discussions are the order of the day. It is ‎named in recognition of the MacRoberts Trust, which provided the Royal Society of Edinburgh ‎with the funding to support its refurbishment. It can accommodate up to 12 people (boardroom ‎style) for a dinner or meeting.‎

Scott Room

Scott RoomWith ornate cornicing, priceless paintings, period fireplace and furniture, this is a refined room that enhances the style and importance of all its events.

A Past President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir Walter Scott’s portrait casts a discerning eye over your debate, training, big decision-making or delicious meals and atmospheric gatherings. Can be used theatre style and in conjunction with the adjoining Meeting Room & / or the Hutton Room.

Registering your arrivals under a lovely cupola directly outside the Scott Room makes an impressive first impression. Lift access available.

Swann Room

Swann Room

A task-focused space with blackout and AV, ideal for presentations and breakout. It is highly suitable for training courses, seminars or for syndicate or breakout groups. Convenient access to Lower Gallery, washrooms and cloakroom. Video-conferencing capabilities for smaller groups.

Wellcome East Room

Wellcome East RoomHigh-ceilinged, with chandeliers and artwork-lined walls, this popular, cultured space is evocative of the timeless elegance you might expect of the home of Scotland’s National Academy. Perfect for presentations; workshops; training; refreshments. Dedicated servery adjoining. Lift and wheelchair access. AV and wireless networking.

Wellcome West Room

Wellcome West RoomIn keeping with much of our accommodation, this classical room with views to Edinburgh Castle is truly multifunctional. Bright and spacious, a dozen chandeliers illuminate National Gallery paintings. With AV and blackout facilities, dedicated servery, and direct access to washroom facilities, Wellcome West is equally suitable for dining, presentations or gatherings of any sort.

Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Wolfson Lecture TheatreA dedicated, state-of-the-art lecture theatre accommodating 145 people in comfort. All lighting and presentation technology can be controlled form the lectern, or from the AV cubicle behind the theatre. Equipment includes a Data Projector for laptop, video or DVD display and excellent amplifier; lectern with branding space, platform table-top and radio microphones, and full induction loop system for those with hearing difficulties. With decorative cornicing, the neutral tones of this bright, air-conditioned theatre enable you to brand this space. Flexible staging and top table. Additional audience space seating 60 available in the adjoining Upper Gallery. Provision for people with sight impairment. Wheelchair access and spaces. Access to disabled toilet.