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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 prison system offers many educational opportunities as part of its rehabilitation process. Jim King, former Head of ...
26/11/2021
How artistic and critical education can lead to transformational change in Scotland's prisons

The prison system offers many educational opportunities as part of its rehabilitation process.

Jim King, former Head of Education at the Scottish Prison Service writes about the challenges that can arise and what we should prioritise to maximise its efficiency.

Published as part of our Tertiary Education Futures project:

Jim King writes about the challenges of offering meaningful education opportunities within the prison system.

25/11/2021
Travelling & commuting in net-zero Scotland | Tea & Talk with the RSE

How will we travel and commute in a net-zero Scotland? 🚉

In the new #TeaAndTalk Podcast we talk to RSE Fellows, Professors Gordon Masterton and Iain Docherty about the future of cars, public transport, infrastructure and more 🎧

Gordon is Chair of Future Infrastructure at The University of Edinburgh and has a wealth of experience advising on transport and infrastructure projects including Crossrail and HS2.

Iain is Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Stirling, a leading researcher of transport and mobility and a former non-Executive Director of ScotRail.

Available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts:

https://rse.org.uk/resources/resource/podcast/how-we-will-travel-and-commute-in-a-net-zero-scotland/

19/11/2021
What tourism looks like in a net-zero world | Tea & Talk with the RSE

What does the future of tourism hold as we try to lower our emissions and Covid has forced us to stay local? ⛺

We chat to Dr Sandro Carnicelli, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland, and Dr Leslie Mabon, Lecturer in Environmental Systems at The Open University, both members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland about just that in the new episode of our #TeaandTalk Podcast 🎧

Tune in on our website or wherever you get your podcasts from.

https://rse.org.uk/resources/resource/podcast/what-tourism-looks-like-in-a-net-zero-world/

19/11/2021
Reimagining Scotland | Key recommendations

The learnings and recommendations of the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission have been brought together into a report. Key recommendations from the report include:

💬 Public participation in decision making
🧭 Better preparedness and foresighting
⚗️ Improving science communication
🚨 A transformation in how we deliver public services

Read the report in full: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/coming-out-of-covid-19-reimagining-scotland/
Watch the launch event: https://youtu.be/bMOLokyX7IM

'Learning from the experiences of the pandemic, there is an opportunity for business in Scotland to enhance resilience, ...
17/11/2021
Building Business Forward Post-Covid in Scotland: Reflections & Insights - RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission

'Learning from the experiences of the pandemic, there is an opportunity for business in Scotland to enhance resilience, become more engaged stakeholders in our communities and meaningfully contribute to wider societal issues.'

This article authored by Mr Jim Fairbairn FRSE and Dr Poonam Malik FRSE presents a summary of key points discussed during a series of online roundtable discussions with businesses, hosted by the #RSECovidCommission earlier this year.

Read the article: http://ow.ly/XKKO50GPA5Y
See the Commission report: http://ow.ly/yCVm50GPA5Z

The Building National Resilience Working Group engaged with a wide-range of businesses through a series of online roundtable discussions during April and May 2021 involving around 30 businesses from across Scotland representing a diversity of sectors and scales.

15/11/2021
Reimagining Scotland | Resilience needs to be ingrained

Did you miss the launch of the Covid Commission's report?

"Resilience needs to be built into the physical and administrative infrastructures of a nation. We are used to resilience with respect to safety critical things like bridges and things like that, but also needs to be built into a lot of the other things that we take for granted - the food supply for example, but also obviously the NHS is, is really important." - Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRSE (University of St Andrews), Commissioner and Chair for the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission

📃 Read the report: http://ow.ly/fjGU50GJt1G
▶️ Watch the full event: http://ow.ly/q0Ub50GJsNR

Open to everyone, this interactive panel event will examine how climate action is understood and delivered on an individ...
14/11/2021

Open to everyone, this interactive panel event will examine how climate action is understood and delivered on an individual level, explaining how our lifestyles translate into carbon footprints that can either be increased or minimised based on the choices we make across many different facets of our lives. Importantly, panellists will present concrete and expert advice to get people thinking about how they can make more environmentally sound decisions.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-carrier-bags-to-coffee-cups-individual-action-on-climate-change-tickets-199240432497?aff=FB

Open to everyone, this interactive panel event will examine how climate action is understood and delivered on an individual level, explaining how our lifestyles translate into carbon footprints that can either be increased or minimised based on the choices we make across many different facets of our lives. Importantly, panellists will present concrete and expert advice to get people thinking about how they can make more environmentally sound decisions.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-carrier-bags-to-coffee-cups-individual-action-on-climate-change-tickets-199240432497?aff=FB

12/11/2021
Reimagining Scotland | Trust and public participation

Did you miss the launch of the Covid Commission's final report?

"... Without that buy-in from the public, without that co-production and ownership, there's less adherence to public health messaging. So the trust of those who are giving us the messages, the trust of the message itself, the trust of science - all that leads back to public participation." - Talat Yaqoob FRSE, Commissioner and Co-Chair for the Public Debate and Participation Working Group

▶️ Watch the full event: http://ow.ly/q0Ub50GJsNR
📃 Read the report: http://ow.ly/fjGU50GJt1G

11/11/2021
How climate change impacts Scottish cities | Tea & Talk with the RSE

How does climate change affect cities? What policy and lifestyle changes are needed in order to make cities more eco-friendly?

In S4 of the Tea & Talk Podcast, we chat to Professor James Curran MBE FRSE (Climate Ready Clyde) and Professor Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE (Policy Scotland | University of Glasgow) about this and more 🎧

Listen now on our website, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts:

https://rse.org.uk/resources/how-climate-change-impacts-scottish-cities/

A new scheme to facilitate international collaboration between Scotland and Germany with the aim to develop hydrogen-rel...
11/11/2021

A new scheme to facilitate international collaboration between Scotland and Germany with the aim to develop hydrogen-related research which can inform Scottish Government policy objectives.

Funded by: The Scottish Government

https://rse.org.uk/funding-collaboration/award/rse-scotland-germany-hydrogen-research-scheme

A new scheme to facilitate international collaboration between Scotland and Germany with the aim to develop hydrogen-related research which can inform Scottish Government policy objectives.

Funded by: The Scottish Government

https://rse.org.uk/funding-collaboration/award/rse-scotland-germany-hydrogen-research-scheme

10/11/2021
Reimagining Scotland | Need for transparency

Did you miss the launch of the Covid Commission's new report?

"... There was a great need for transparency, for an understanding if a person is going to provide their data, what that data is going to be used for, what the security relating to that data is and what the data is not going to be used for." - Professor Niamh Nic Daéid FRSE, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (Commissioner and Chair for the Data, Evidence and Science Working Group)

▶️ Watch the full event: http://ow.ly/v7Gv50GJsNO
📃 Read the report: http://ow.ly/CHMU50GJsZU

09/11/2021
Face The Facts | Dr Rachel Helliwell | COP26

What is the effect of climate change on Scotland's waters and water species, and what unique advantages do we have as a hydro nation?

Meet Dr Rachel Helliwell, Manager at CREW | Scotland's centre of expertise for waters at The James Hutton Institute in the latest #FacetheFacts

COP26

#COP26

05/11/2021
Reimagining Scotland | Demonstrating by doing

Did you miss the launch of the Covid Commission's new report?

"Often we talk about science and data and evidence and rightly so in the RSE, hugely important. But we should never forget the power of demonstrating by doing, by allowing communities to find their own demonstrations, test sites, pilots, and to actually move forward." - Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland (Member of the Inclusive Public Service Working Group)

▶️ The full event is available here: https://youtu.be/bMOLokyX7IM
📃 Read the report: www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/coming-out-of-covid-19-reimagining-scotland/

29/10/2021

🌐 Bonus podcast episode to mark International Internet Day!

Earlier in the year Professor Chris van der Kuyl FRSE (Chairman and Co-founder of 4JStudios) hosted an insightful dialogue between industry experts and young people from a variety of organisations across Scotland to discuss topics like mental health during lockdown, the positives and pitfalls of digital connectivity, and identifying ‘fake news’ in social media spaces.

Recorded as part of the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission, and featuring questions submitted by young people from Official Scottish Youth Parliament, Young Scot, Girlguiding Scotland and Hyndland Secondary School.

🎧 Listen here (full transcript also available): https://www.rse.org.uk/publication/digital-communications-pandemic-social-media-fake-news-mental-health/

29/10/2021
Professor Niamh Nic Daéid FRSE | Coming out of Covid-19: Working Group summaries

📉 What does Covid-19 teach us about how data, evidence and science is accessed, used and communicated? How can we use this learning to enhance Scotland’s ability to effectively use data, evidence and science?

Hear from Professor Niamh Nic Daéid FRSE, Commissioner and Chair for the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission's Data, Evidence and Science Working Group, in this short video about the group's key findings.

📃 Read the full report: http://ow.ly/e2K450GzZzB
📊 Read Working Group summaries: http://ow.ly/RVGN50GzZzE

#ReimaginingScotland #RSECovidCommission

28/10/2021
Face The Facts | Professor Paul Thompson FRSE | COP26

While renewable energy sources are becoming essential, it is also important that the infrastructure to provide these doesn't negatively affect biodiversity.

Meet Paul Thompson, Professor of Zoology at the University of Aberdeen and Director of University’s Lighthouse Field Station in the latest episode of #FacetheFacts 🌍

COP26

https://youtu.be/j5e5PL80g8o

28/10/2021
Talat Yaqoob FRSE | Coming Out of Covid-19 | Working Group summaries

How have the public been informed and engaged in Scotland’s Covid-19 experience? 📢 How do we build on this experience to improve the quality of public debate and increase the impact of public participation in decision making?

Hear from Talat Yaqoob FRSE, Commissioner and Chair for the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission's Public Debate and Participation Working Group, in this short video about the group's key findings.

📃 Read the full report: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/coming-out-of-covid-19-reimagining-scotland/
📎 Read the Working Group summary: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/working-group-summary-reports/

#ReimaginingScotland #RSECovidCommission

We are delighted to announce that Professor Sir John Ball has been elected as the new President of the Royal Society of ...
28/10/2021
Professor Sir John Ball elected new President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh - The Royal Society of Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that Professor Sir John Ball has been elected as the new President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Boasting an esteemed career, Professor Ball was knighted in 2006 "for services to Science". He is currently Professor of Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is delighted to announce that Professor Sir John Ball FRS, FRSE has been elected as the next President of the Society.

27/10/2021
Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRSE | Coming out of Covid-19 | Working Group summaries

⛓️ What does a resilient Scotland look like and how do we prepare for this? There is a need to increase understanding of resilience at all scales and across all sectors of society.

Hear from Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRSE, Commissioner and Chair for the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission's Building National Resilience Working Group, in this short video about the group's key findings.

The Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission was established to identify and address some of the immediate policy implications and challenges arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

📃 Read the full report: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/coming-out-of-covid-19-reimagining-scotland/ #ReimaginingScotland

26/10/2021
Caroline Gardner FRSE | Coming out of Covid-19 - Working Group findings

What can we learn in terms of practices, approaches and outcomes of those delivering person-centred public service across Scotland? What change is possible in the near future?

Hear from Caroline Gardner FRSE, Commissioner and Chair for the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission's Inclusive Public Service Working Group, in this short video about the group's key findings.

📄 Read the full report: www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/coming-out-of-covid-19-reimagining-scotland/
📎 Read the Working Group summary: www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/working-group-summary-reports/

#ReimaginingScotland #RSECovidCommission

The RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission was established to identify and address some of the immediate policy implicat...
25/10/2021
Key findings and recommendations from the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission - RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission

The RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission was established to identify and address some of the immediate policy implications and challenges arising from the coronavirus outbreak. The learnings and recommendations of the Commission have now been brought together into a report, which suggests:

- Transforming how we deliver public services
- Forming a national participation centre and strategy
- Creating a national foresighting centre
- Establishing a fully independent fact-checking service

📃 Read the report: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/coming-out-of-covid-19-reimagining-scotland/
🗣️ Hear from each of the Working Group Chairs: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/working-group-summary-reports/

The Commission has spent the past 18 months exploring four key themes: how to build national resilience; what makes good public debate and participation; the use of data, evidence and science in understanding and responding to Covid-19; and how inclusive public service was witnessed throughout the p...

21/10/2021

The RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission was established to support Scotland in emerging as positively as it can from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through taking advice and listening to the expertise of RSE Fellows and other contributors, including those with lived experience over the last 18 months, the RSE is now ready to announce its findings. We would be delighted if you could join us. #RSECovidCommission #ReimaginingScotland

💻 More on the Commission: www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/
📅 Register to attend: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coming-out-of-covid-19-reimagining-scotland-tickets-185728648387?aff=FB

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The prison system offers many educational opportunities as part of its rehabilitation process. Jim King, former Head of Education at the Scottish Prison Service writes about the challenges that can arise and what we should prioritise to maximise its efficiency. Published as part of our Tertiary Education Futures project:
How will we travel and commute in a net-zero Scotland? 🚉 In the new #TeaAndTalk Podcast we talk to RSE Fellows, Professors Gordon Masterton and Iain Docherty about the future of cars, public transport, infrastructure and more 🎧 Gordon is Chair of Future Infrastructure at The University of Edinburgh and has a wealth of experience advising on transport and infrastructure projects including Crossrail and HS2. Iain is Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Stirling, a leading researcher of transport and mobility and a former non-Executive Director of ScotRail. Available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts: https://rse.org.uk/resources/resource/podcast/how-we-will-travel-and-commute-in-a-net-zero-scotland/
What does the future of tourism hold as we try to lower our emissions and Covid has forced us to stay local? ⛺ We chat to Dr Sandro Carnicelli, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland, and Dr Leslie Mabon, Lecturer in Environmental Systems at The Open University, both members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland about just that in the new episode of our #TeaandTalk Podcast 🎧 Tune in on our website or wherever you get your podcasts from. https://rse.org.uk/resources/resource/podcast/what-tourism-looks-like-in-a-net-zero-world/
The learnings and recommendations of the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission have been brought together into a report. Key recommendations from the report include: 💬 Public participation in decision making 🧭 Better preparedness and foresighting ⚗️ Improving science communication 🚨 A transformation in how we deliver public services Read the report in full: https://www.rsecovidcommission.org.uk/coming-out-of-covid-19-reimagining-scotland/ Watch the launch event: https://youtu.be/bMOLokyX7IM
'Learning from the experiences of the pandemic, there is an opportunity for business in Scotland to enhance resilience, become more engaged stakeholders in our communities and meaningfully contribute to wider societal issues.' This article authored by Mr Jim Fairbairn FRSE and Dr Poonam Malik FRSE presents a summary of key points discussed during a series of online roundtable discussions with businesses, hosted by the #RSECovidCommission earlier this year. Read the article: http://ow.ly/XKKO50GPA5Y See the Commission report: http://ow.ly/yCVm50GPA5Z
Did you miss the launch of the Covid Commission's report? "Resilience needs to be built into the physical and administrative infrastructures of a nation. We are used to resilience with respect to safety critical things like bridges and things like that, but also needs to be built into a lot of the other things that we take for granted - the food supply for example, but also obviously the NHS is, is really important." - Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRSE (University of St Andrews), Commissioner and Chair for the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission 📃 Read the report: http://ow.ly/fjGU50GJt1G ▶️ Watch the full event: http://ow.ly/q0Ub50GJsNR
"Speakers up there throwing information at us. Full of their own self-importance. Giving us this alien language and expecting us to understand it" Amy Murray in response to her visit to COP26. Watch a clip of Amy Murray at COP26. Artists from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have produced a film exploring the language around climate change and how key messages - constructed in English and delivered from podiums - are failing to engage the deaf community. This event will share insights of ways to communicate and connect around climate change. Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-we-mean-when-we-talk-about-change-tickets-204401268697?aff=FB
Open to everyone, this interactive panel event will examine how climate action is understood and delivered on an individual level, explaining how our lifestyles translate into carbon footprints that can either be increased or minimised based on the choices we make across many different facets of our lives. Importantly, panellists will present concrete and expert advice to get people thinking about how they can make more environmentally sound decisions. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-carrier-bags-to-coffee-cups-individual-action-on-climate-change-tickets-199240432497?aff=FB
Did you miss the launch of the Covid Commission's final report? "... Without that buy-in from the public, without that co-production and ownership, there's less adherence to public health messaging. So the trust of those who are giving us the messages, the trust of the message itself, the trust of science - all that leads back to public participation." - Talat Yaqoob FRSE, Commissioner and Co-Chair for the Public Debate and Participation Working Group ▶️ Watch the full event: http://ow.ly/q0Ub50GJsNR 📃 Read the report: http://ow.ly/fjGU50GJt1G
What actions need to come from COP26 and why? Meet Professor Jim Skea CBE, Chair of Just Transition Commission Scotland and Co-Chair of an IPCC working group, and find out what he wants to emerge from #COP26 in the latest #FacetheFacts https://rse.org.uk/resources/resource/what-actions-need-to-come-from-cop26-and-why/
How does climate change affect cities? What policy and lifestyle changes are needed in order to make cities more eco-friendly? In S4 of the Tea & Talk Podcast, we chat to Professor James Curran MBE FRSE (Climate Ready Clyde) and Professor Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE (Policy Scotland | University of Glasgow) about this and more 🎧 Listen now on our website, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts: https://rse.org.uk/resources/how-climate-change-impacts-scottish-cities/
A new scheme to facilitate international collaboration between Scotland and Germany with the aim to develop hydrogen-related research which can inform Scottish Government policy objectives. Funded by: The Scottish Government https://rse.org.uk/funding-collaboration/award/rse-scotland-germany-hydrogen-research-scheme