Royal Society of Edinburgh

Royal Society of Edinburgh The RSE is an educational charity registered in Scotland, operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland.

We were established in 1783 and since then have drawn upon the considerable strengths and varied expertise of our Fellows, of which there are currently around 1600, who are based in Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond. Unlike similar organisations in the rest of the UK, our Fellowship includes people from a wide range of disciplines - science & technology, arts, humanities, social science, bus

We were established in 1783 and since then have drawn upon the considerable strengths and varied expertise of our Fellows, of which there are currently around 1600, who are based in Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond. Unlike similar organisations in the rest of the UK, our Fellowship includes people from a wide range of disciplines - science & technology, arts, humanities, social science, bus

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The climate emergency presents urgent and unprecedented challenges, but we must also act on opportunities."Despite the e...
12/10/2021
With the challenge comes opportunity | Professor Andy Sloan - The Royal Society of Edinburgh

The climate emergency presents urgent and unprecedented challenges, but we must also act on opportunities.

"Despite the enormity of the task, we must capitalise on the opportunities this brings. To understand where we could be, we can look to our near neighbours in Scandinavia."

Professor Andy Sloan writes for our Fellows' blog:

https://www.rse.org.uk/publication/challenge-comes-opportunity-professor-andy-sloan/

The targets set for carbon reduction in Paris have now been enshrined in law, with Scotland bound to reach net...

Earlier this year, members of the RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission held a roundtable with young people to discuss ...
08/10/2021
Data rights and ethics for young people - RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission

Earlier this year, members of the RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission held a roundtable with young people to discuss data rights and ethics in the time of Covid-19.

'The Covid era has brought new engagement with data. We have all become aware of hospital admissions, rates of spread and the deaths brought about by Covid-19. This data represents the impact of the virus, but we also know that some of the biggest companies in the world are data companies. That points to the opportunity for data to move from describing what is happening, to helping us to shape our response to Covid-19, but also to the other major challenges that face us.'

Read more in the blog written by Peter McColl YAS, here: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/data-rights-and-ethics-for-young-people/

One of the key points coming out of the discussion was the issue of data literacy, transparency, and awareness. Questions of privacy, and the nuance of how we can curate our own data for ‘good’ depend on people being able to understand how data is collected and what their data is used for.

Register now for our event with Ivan McKee MSP as he delivers a keynote address ahead of the in-person launch of our joi...
06/10/2021
Scotland’s Climate Tech Opportunity: Cop 26, Innovation & Net Zero - The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Register now for our event with Ivan McKee MSP as he delivers a keynote address ahead of the in-person launch of our joint report ‘Innovation Critical – Scotland’s Net Zero Mission and Climate Tech Opportunity’ with SCDI, BT and ScotlandIS.

The report and event outline Scotland’s potential to be a leading innovator and exporter of technological solutions to climate change.

Ivan McKee, MSP will present a keynote address ahead of the live launch of ‘Innovation Critical – Scotland’s Net Zero Mission and Climate Tech Opportunity’.

05/10/2021
Young people are overwhelmed | Data rights and ethics

Earlier in the year the RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission held a roundtable with young people across Scotland to discuss data rights and ethics in the time of Covid-19.

Here is a short excerpt of Wiktoria Orlicka MSYP (Official Scottish Youth Parliament) using the illustrations produced at the event to provide an illustrated introduction to the conversation's key themes.

See the full video and article from Peter McColl YAS here: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/data-rights-and-ethics-for-young-people/

Despite its use in contemporary treatment, why thalidomide caused wide-ranging damage during pregnancy is still not clea...
28/09/2021
Thalidomide 60 years on: a tragic story yet to reach a conclusion | Professor Neil Vargesson - The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Despite its use in contemporary treatment, why thalidomide caused wide-ranging damage during pregnancy is still not clear.
Professor Neil Vargesson (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition - University of Aberdeen) describes the tragic history of Thalidomide and whether it has a future in medicine:

https://www.rse.org.uk/publication/thalidomide-tragic-story-yet-to-reach-a-conclusion-neil-vargesson-fellows-blog/

Professor Neil Vargesson describes the tragic history of Thalidomide, its present uses, and whether it has a future in medicine for the RSE Fellows' Blog.

"Shortages in medicines have always been an issue...In April 2020, the UK had over 200 medicines on its shortage list."P...
16/09/2021
Future-proofing medicine supplies | Professor Clive Badman - The Royal Society of Edinburgh

"Shortages in medicines have always been an issue...In April 2020, the UK had over 200 medicines on its shortage list."

Professor Clive Badman OBE (University of Strathclyde) details new proposals in the manufacturing process of medicines in our Fellows' blog:

Professor Clive Badman OBE details new proposals in the manufacturing process of medicines that could help solve future supply shortages.

Earlier this year the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission held a roundtable with young people across Scotland to discuss th...
15/09/2021
What does 'resilience' mean to young people? - RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission

Earlier this year the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission held a roundtable with young people across Scotland to discuss the meaning of resilience, and the wider implications of the pandemic on youth mental health, education, and daily life.

In this new blog post Professor Chris Johnson FRSE FRAES FBCS (Queen's University Belfast), Dr Ruchika Gajwani (University of Glasgow) and roundtable attendee Lucy Fordyce (a student at University of St Andrews) reflect on why this conversation is important, and what was learned.

'I got a sense of their resilience and optimism that we will get through this – but also the feeling that we need to learn lessons moving forward from Covid.'

14/09/2021
Gaming and Covid-19

Earlier this year, the RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission invited a group of young people to chat with RSE Fellows about the authenticity of online information and the implications of increased screen time due to Covid-19.

Inspired by #VideoGamesDay, here is an excerpt from this discussion about an increase in gaming during Covid-19 and the regulation of game content. The full conversation, hosted by Dr Chris van der Kuyl CBE FRSE (4JStudios, Minecraft) will be released as a podcast shortly.

👾 More on the Commission: www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/

07/09/2021
Rapid review of international evidence on Covid-19 communication and public engagement

🌍 Are you intrigued to learn more about how different geographic case studies approached Covid-19 communication, and public engagement?

Democratic Society were commissioned to prepare a report drawing on valuable exchanges during the Covid Commission's international roundtables earlier in the year. Through a rapid literature review, semi structured interviews, and using transcripts of the events, the full report offers eight case studies: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Ghana, New Zealand, Taiwan, and South Africa.

Read the full review and rapporteur report here: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/rapid-review-of-international-evidence-on-covid-19-communication-and-public-engagement/

📢 CALLING ALL RESEARCHERSToday the RSE launches the next call for applications to the RSE Research Awards programme - pr...
06/09/2021

📢 CALLING ALL RESEARCHERS

Today the RSE launches the next call for applications to the RSE Research Awards programme - providing different funding opportunities for all academic disciplines and across all career stages.

Read more:
https://www.rse.org.uk/latest-rse-research-funding-opportunities/

📢 CALLING ALL RESEARCHERS

Today the RSE launches the next call for applications to the RSE Research Awards programme - providing different funding opportunities for all academic disciplines and across all career stages.

Read more:
https://www.rse.org.uk/latest-rse-research-funding-opportunities/

In our latest Fellows' Blog, Professor Fiona Gilbert FRSE, Professor of Radiology and Head of the Department of Radiolog...
01/09/2021
A new direction for data in healthcare | Professor Fiona Gilbert - The Royal Society of Edinburgh

In our latest Fellows' Blog, Professor Fiona Gilbert FRSE, Professor of Radiology and Head of the Department of Radiology at University of Cambridge argues that despite recent controversy over healthcare data and who has access to it, this data powers significant breakthroughs in medical research.

"Perhaps... it was too soon to allow health data to be utilised by commercial companies, but academics and the NHS cannot develop these tools alone."

Professor Fiona Gilbert FRSE argues why the public should allow the use of their data within healthcare for the greater good.

Dr Ruth Lightbody (Glasgow Caledonian University) writes for the RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission, reflecting on t...
01/09/2021
Reflecting on international approaches to Covid-19 | RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission

Dr Ruth Lightbody (Glasgow Caledonian University) writes for the RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission, reflecting on two International Roundtables on Covid-19 and subsequent rapid review produced by Democratic Society.

'Interpreting participation as compliance is problematic. A vibrant democracy is not based on the aptitude of its people to comply or obey but to question, critically engage and hold government to account. This is crucial in relation to a government’s presentation of ‘scientific’ information.'

Read the full blog and associated reports here: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/reflecting-on-international-approaches-to-covid-19/

This important and accessible report draws attention to patterns of behaviour as well as good and bad practice in the wide-ranging responses, and enables us to draw comparisons and reflect on what we can learn moving forward.

ReSourcE Summer 2021 is out now! 📰In this edition we turn to the global climate crisis as the primary focus, with expert...
30/08/2021
ReSourcE Summer 2021 - The Royal Society of Edinburgh

ReSourcE Summer 2021 is out now! 📰

In this edition we turn to the global climate crisis as the primary focus, with expert opinions from RSE Fellows and other leading voices and thinkers in Scotland and beyond on facing up to one of the greatest challenges for humanity.

On the cover: Professor James Curran of Climate Ready Clyde illustrates the need for tough and urgent decisions at COP26, seeking a transformative cultural event that delivers a radical social and economic shift.

You can also read about the latest RSE activity across Research Awards; the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission, and our summer events programme, Curious.

https://www.rse.org.uk/publication/resource-summer-2021/

The Summer 2021 edition of ReSourcE turns to the global climate crisis. You can read expert opinions from RSE Fellows...

It might be over, but we aren't done being Curious 👁️We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved in th...
27/08/2021

It might be over, but we aren't done being Curious 👁️

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved in this year's summer events programme, Curious. A special mention to everyone who attended, your questions have sparked thousands of insightful conversations! 💬

Curious might have officially come to an end but you can still stay curious and catch up on what you missed – head over to the RSE's Youtube channel for a hand-picked selection of events.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDDx0l6rOAyuKOuSGMHXwijIj-gsjU2RE

It might be over, but we aren't done being Curious 👁️

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved in this year's summer events programme, Curious. A special mention to everyone who attended, your questions have sparked thousands of insightful conversations! 💬

Curious might have officially come to an end but you can still stay curious and catch up on what you missed – head over to the RSE's Youtube channel for a hand-picked selection of events.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDDx0l6rOAyuKOuSGMHXwijIj-gsjU2RE

🎓 Only 2 hours to go!In March 2020 our education system was severely disrupted by the pandemic.  Educators and their ins...
26/08/2021
Curious | Education in the post-covid era

🎓 Only 2 hours to go!

In March 2020 our education system was severely disrupted by the pandemic. Educators and their institutions moved swiftly to implement home-schooling and online arrangements to support learners at all levels, however this revealed many frailties and inequalities in the provision of education.

Looking forward, possibilities have emerged for the distribution of more flexible and accessible learning across physical and digital locations. Join us to explore how we now need to reimagine the nature and purpose of education post-pandemic.

📅 TODAY 26 August
⏰ 13:00 BST
🎫 https://www.rse-curious.com/education-in-the-post-covid-era/?utm_campaign=curious2021-&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=post&utm_term=

Presented by The Royal Society of Edinburgh and featurng some of Scotland’s leading thinkers and practitioners, Curious is designed to make us question and learn about the world around us!

WHAT'S ON THURSDAY 26 AUGUSTQuench your curiosity on:👾 nostalgia games and applied games🎓 the future of post-pandemic ed...
26/08/2021

WHAT'S ON THURSDAY 26 AUGUST

Quench your curiosity on:
👾 nostalgia games and applied games
🎓 the future of post-pandemic education
🤝 and the UK's asylum system

Book your space at rse-curious.com

We're looking for a Finance Assistant 💰 Are you someone who:☑️ has experience in financial procedures within a small org...
25/08/2021

We're looking for a Finance Assistant 💰

Are you someone who:
☑️ has experience in financial procedures within a small organisation;
☑️ has experience using SAGE200 or similar packages;
☑️ has good numerical skill;
☑️ excellent attention to detail.

Closing date: Friday 03 September 2021 at 17:00

https://www.rse.org.uk/about-us/jobs/

We're looking for a Finance Assistant 💰

Are you someone who:
☑️ has experience in financial procedures within a small organisation;
☑️ has experience using SAGE200 or similar packages;
☑️ has good numerical skill;
☑️ excellent attention to detail.

Closing date: Friday 03 September 2021 at 17:00

https://www.rse.org.uk/about-us/jobs/

25/08/2021
International approaches to communication and public participation during Covid-19

🌏 As part of the RSE’s Post Covid-19 Futures Commission, Democratic Society (DemSoc) were commissioned to prepare a review exploring international approaches to communication and public engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic.

▶️ This video highlights its key themes and findings, exploring some of the common denominators across the international perspectives considered.

📒 Read the full report 'A rapid review of international evidence on Covid-19 communication and public engagement' and learn from international reflections on Covid communication and engagement here: https://lnkd.in/eSMuxh9m

#RSECovidCommission

WHAT'S ON WEDNESDAY 25 AUGUSTQuench your curiosity on:🖌️ Creative activities people encountered while they were walking🌐...
25/08/2021

WHAT'S ON WEDNESDAY 25 AUGUST

Quench your curiosity on:
🖌️ Creative activities people encountered while they were walking
🌐 International reflections on communicating Covid-19
🐟 The importance of marine science development in local coastal communities
✈️ and the first real-world evaluation of zero-carbon flying

Book your space at rse-curious.com

🗯️ Join the discussion on young people and blame culture during the Covid-19 pandemic. This event will focus on what the...
24/08/2021
Curious | Ending blame culture

🗯️ Join the discussion on young people and blame culture during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This event will focus on what the blame was, where it stemmed from and what impact this has had on young people. It will also showcase positive examples of how young people have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic through youth work.

This event is held in association with YouthLink Scotland, Citadel Youth Centre and SIC Youth & Employability Services.

💻 FREE to attend and audiences of all ages encouraged.

📆 TODAY 24 August
🕢 17:30 BST
🎫 Register online: https://www.rse-curious.com/ending-blame-culture/?utm_campaign=curious2021-&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=post&utm_term=

Presented by The Royal Society of Edinburgh and featurng some of Scotland’s leading thinkers and practitioners, Curious is designed to make us question and learn about the world around us!

WHAT'S ON TUESDAY 17 AUGUSTQuench your curiosity on:⏳ how to think about time on a changing planet🐦 conservation efforts...
24/08/2021

WHAT'S ON TUESDAY 17 AUGUST

Quench your curiosity on:
⏳ how to think about time on a changing planet
🐦 conservation efforts to save the albatross
👉 and blame culture directed at young people during the pandemic

Book your space at rse-curious.com

23/08/2021
A global conversation: international reflections on communicating Covid-19

🌍 A global conversation: international reflections on communicating Covid-19

As part of the RSE’s Post Covid-19 Futures Commission, Democratic Society were commissioned to prepare a review exploring international approaches to communication and public engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic. This event will mark the launch of the review by bringing together experts from across the globe to speak on the public narrative on coronavirus in their country/state.

📅 Wednesday 25 August | 11:00 BST
🎫 Register to attend: https://www.rse-curious.com/a-global-conversation/?utm_campaign=curious2021-&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=post&utm_term=

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