The RSE Public Engagement Committee advises on developing and delivering all RSE public engagement activity. Meetings are chaired by the Vice President for Public Engagement and Young People’s Programme Convenor. The membership comprises Fellows and Young Academy of Scotland members with expertise in public engagement across a wide range of disciplines.

committee purpose

To advise on the development and delivery of all RSE public engagement activity. Within that overall purpose, the committee’s tasks are to:

Consider and advise on all RSE public engagement activities to ensure they complement each other and align with the RSE’s strategic plan and public engagement strategy

Consider and advise on identifying and targeting the diverse audiences to be served by the RSE’s public engagement activities

Consider and advise on the relationship between public engagement activities and other RSE activities, such as policy engagement

Support the development and effective delivery of a rolling programme of public engagement activities through advising on approaches and suggesting potential contributors and partners

Monitor and advise as required on any changes to ensure the successful delivery of the programme

Consider and decide the recipient(s) of RSE public engagement prizes.

The committee will be guided by the Programme Committee on resources, priorities, strategic fit and links with other work.

Operational Process

  • Meeting frequency: Normally meets on a quarterly basis.
  • Committee quorum: Four members, including the Convener or a Member of Council.
  • Reports to: RSE Council. Convener is responsible for signing off submissions and external engagement by the Committee.  RSE General Secretary is responsible for signing off Committee responses on behalf of the Society.
  • Budgetary responsibility: To remain within the budget as set by Council. If projects or initiatives arise which would go beyond this, a case must be presented to the Council or appropriate Office Bearer with delegated powers for approval.

Group activities

The Public Engagement Committee play a key role in the RSE programme of events and the Young People’s programme.

15 December 2023
Join us as we bring together two luminaries of the literary world for an insightful and thought-provoking conversation.
07 December 2023
Join us to discuss the nature of human rights practice globally, with a focus on the legal and lived experiences in different contexts.
13 December 2023
In the realm of economic strategies and business support programs, there exists a quiet and often overlooked hero – the third sector.
02 November 2023
The EU faces multiple challenges, both internally and externally, so what does its future hold and is it still the right answer after the watershed?
17 November 2023
Join us as we bring together two luminaries of the literary world for an insightful and thought-provoking conversation.
29 November 2023
How to think like Adam Smith? In Smith’s tercentenary year, Professor Adam Dixon takes on this question.
01 December 2023
Over the course of this century, cancer will become the leading cause of premature death worldwide. So how is the International Agency for Research on Cancer working towards “a world where fewer people develop cancer?”
14 December 2023
Professor Carrie Jenkins explore the age-old question: what is love really? What if your happy ever after… isn’t?
03 October 2023
How did the EU respond to Brexit and how has Brexit shaped today’s EU? This event brings together renowned observers to discuss these issues.
21 September 2023
This two day conference with the Botanical Society of Scotland of Scotland will present research on the topic of urban floras and biodiversity.


Young Academy of Scotland member
Young Academy of Scotland member
RSE Vice President; Public Engagement
Young Academy of Scotland member
RSE Vice President; International
RSE Young People’s Programme Convener
RSE Chief Executive
RSE Public Engagement Manager (Secretariat)

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