Our work

As Scotland’s National Academy, we use the combined knowledge of our 1,800-strong Fellowship to tackle the most pressing issues facing society, provide independent expert advice to policymakers and inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers.

The RSE Fellowship comprises around 1,800 leading experts in the sciences, arts, business, professions and the third and public sectors, with links to Scotland.
Book your spot for our latest events and find out more about our activities across the country.
Read some of our responses to Scottish and UK government policy, and meet our expert committees.
We provide business support and research funding awards across all disciplines for people at all stages of their career.
Browse our archive of resources, featuring lecture videos, podcasts, publications and more.

Our strategy

Our 2023–2028 strategic plan sets out the framework for delivering the RSE’s purpose. It focuses on key societal challenges to be addressed through the contributions of Fellows and Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) members. The RSE’s diverse expertise and membership enables us to bring multidisciplinary perspectives to the critical issues of significance for Scotland, the UK, and internationally.


The advancement of learning and useful knowledge for public good.

Attributes and strengths of the RSE

The RSE’s natural advantages include:

The broad Fellowship

Convening power

Research and practice

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Increasing diversity

Societal challenges

The RSE identifies three broad challenges facing Scotland and the world. The challenges are addressed through an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the natural sciences; the economic and social sciences; the humanities; the creative arts, and the world of practice.

Climate change and environmental sustainability

Economic prosperity


Social cohesion

Thematic programmes

There are five main programme areas. They are not distinct from each other, but are interconnected


Economy and enterprise





Policy advice

Read our full strategic plan 2023–2028