RSE awards over £680K to support exceptional research projects

We are pleased to announce that 48 exceptional research projects have been selected at the spring 2024 Research Awards open call.

Armando Iannucci signs the RSE Fellows book

Armando Iannucci CBE was in Edinburgh last week signing the Fellows roll book of the RSE. Iannucci was elected as an Honorary Fellow earlier this year for his work as a world-renowned writer and satirist.

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Eminent cultural and scientific figures named as RSE fellows

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced the 2024 cohort of new Fellows, and among the names are BAFTA and Emmy-winning satirist Armando Iannucci and award-winning journalist and charity founder Sally Magnusson. Nominated for their individual excellence in a wide range of fields such as physics, chemistry, informatics, literature, law, social sciences, and business, they…

Brexit and the Brussels Effect

David Gow on navigating the post-Brexit landscape as Scotland’s pursuit of EU regulatory alignment faces hurdles. While Brussels forges ahead with new standards, can Scotland keep pace? Gow shares insights from a workshop which sheds light on the challenges and the elusive quest for harmonization.

2024 RSE Medals honour exceptional achievement

The RSE announces eight recipients of its esteemed medals, which recognise outstanding contribution and achievement across all academic disciplines.

EU-Scotland relations after Brexit: where next?

Dr Kirsty Hughes discusses Brexit’s legacy in EU-Scotland relations, arguing that while polls suggest UK’s reconsideration of EU ties, discussions remain elusive. In Scotland, EU relations are vital, so what’s next for this crucial partnership?

Attitudes and narratives on immigration: is Scotland really different?

Dr Saskia Smellie explores Scotland’s unique stance on immigration; looking at the latest research and Scottish attitudes towards migrants and its distinctive narrative landscape and how it differs from the rest of the UK.

RSE strengthens ties with NSTC through refreshed MoU signing

Signifying a joint aspiration to promote and strengthen scientific co-operation between Scotland and Taiwan, the RSE has signed a refreshed MoU with the NSTC.

What might Scotland learn from the EU on food system transformation?

Professor Alan Matthews discusses how the EU’s revamped Common Agricultural Policy emphasizes sustainability and climate action, with eco-schemes and carbon farming initiatives paving the way for greener agriculture. He argues that as Scotland debates its Agriculture Bill, lessons from EU reforms offer valuable insights.

Agriculture and food: from production subsidies to balancing support for farmers’ livelihoods with promoting the green transition and food security

Professor Maggie Gill shares insights from the Scotland-Europe Initiative workshop on Food and Agriculture, which touched on Europe’s implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy, the delivery of the Just Transition in Scotland, and the definition of ‘high-quality’ food.

Regaining lost ground in the Scottish research landscape

Frank Moeschler on regaining lost ground in Scottish research. As Horizon Europe and Copernicus gain momentum, he argues to leverage these platforms for collaboration, investment, and growth.

RSE releases report calling for a radical rethink of tree planting in Scotland 

The RSE has published a report on the environmental and social impacts of public subsidies for the forestry sector in Scotland. 

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As Europe sets the pace on the environment, the UK’s four nations struggle to keep up

Brexit’s impact on the environment: the EU’s steady green policies vs. the UK’s fragmented approach. Post-Brexit, Baroness Young of Old Scone looks at the divergence among the four nations, and highlights the importance of cross-learning.

RSE Fellows recognised in the New Year Honours list 2024

Eight RSE Fellows are on the New Year Honours list 2024 to mark their extraordinary achievements and services.