The RSE is committed to using our resources and the expertise of its Fellowship to help combat climate change and make the world a greener, fairer place for all.

View our climate-related work and opportunities below:

Funding opportunities

Designed to encourage collaborations between disciplines and/or institutions to advance exploration of an important topic.
Facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland with researchers overseas.
Designed to support personally conducted high-quality research by covering eligible costs arising from a defined research project.
SAPHIRE is a grant with the aim of enhancing the existing international research partnerships between Scottish universities and partners in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
Awards designed to support new and existing community-led ​research projects that promote the health of individuals through fostering healthy environments and communities, and enabling access to healthy foods.
RSE International Bilateral Visits facilitate the collaboration between researchers from Scotland and those based in international institutions within countries with academies with which the RSE has a formal Memorandum of Understanding.
Recognises exceptional achievement in the earth and environmental sciences by a senior career researcher.
Recognises exceptional achievement in the earth and environmental sciences by an early career researcher.
To address climate change impacts ahead of Scotland’s hosting of COP26 while fostering international collaboration in a post-Brexit world.

Policy work


The RSE has responded to the Scottish Government’s proposals for a Heat in Buildings Bill covering heating and energy efficiency in buildings
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on
The RSE emphasises the crucial role of agriculture in delivering public goods and services, such as biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.
The report calls for policy on the transition to be promoted as an investment opportunity, including job creation and global competitiveness,
The working group recognised that this energy transition is very complex – economically, politically, and socially
The RSE applauds the Scottish Government’s ambition to have an energy system that provides maximum community and economic benefits, leaving no one behind.
The RSE supports the introduction and enforcement of robust measures to ensure grouse shooting is managed in a way that is compatible with wider environmental protection aims.
The RSE’s response to the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.
The RSE welcomes the opportunity to respond to the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into aligning the UK’s economic
RSE responds to Scottish Government’s draft Hydrogen Action Plan.
RSE response to the Scottish Government’s consultation ‘Agricultural transition in Scotland – first steps towards our national policy’.
Ninety per cent of Scotland’s territorial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stem from energy production and consumption; ending the unabated use
This paper compares the key findings from the RSE’s 2011 Report section on Land Use and Climate Change with those
The challenges posed by climate change require unprecedented changes in our society and economy. This will necessarily require higher levels
RSE advice paper, facing up to climate change: 10 years on, climate change and environment (261KB, PDF) Climate change poses
In the 10 years since the RSE inquiry, “Facing up to Climate Change: breaking the barriers to a low-carbon Scotland”,
RSE response to the UK Government’s plans to develop a National Resilience Strategy for the UK, prepared by the RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.
The Royal Society of Scotland has responded to the UK Parliament Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland.
What does a resilient nation look like? How can government, industry, and society learn from the pandemic, the future risks and challenges, and what are the priority actions to build resilience?
In order to tackle climate change, we need more meaningful engagement founded on the policies that can contribute to behaviour and culture change.
The RSE has submitted a response to the Scottish Government on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Research Strategy
The RSE has submitted a response to the Scottish Government regarding the proposed ‘grand challenges’ (missions), in which the Scottish National Investment Bank (the Bank) will invest.
Building on its recent advice paper on the Just Transition Commission interim report, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has prepared a submission to the Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change, and Land Reform Committee’s call for evidence on a green recovery from COVID-19.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has prepared a submission to the Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change, and Land Reform Committee’s call for evidence on the environmental aspects of the UK Withdrawal from the EU (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill.
The RSE has prepared an advice paper in support of the Just Transition Commission’s call for evidence.
The RSE has responded to a consultation by Scottish Government on the Draft Offshore Wind Policy Statement.
With Scotland committed to increasingly ambitious action against climate change and with the transport sector in the midst of another technological revolution, the time is right to re-evaluate Scotland’s transport system to ensure it is ?t to meet these challenges and deliver high quality, modern services.
The RSE has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Scotland post-Brexit.
The RSE has responded to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Future of Scottish Agriculture post-Brexit.


Industry ‘think-and-do tank’ calls for national innovation mission behind Climate Tech.

events and activities



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.
21 September 2023
The story of the University of Dundee’s Botanic Garden is one of transformation across time and function. Take a look at its 50 year history.
04 September 2023
Get under the surface with Scotland’s leading experts! The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s flagship series, Curious, is back from 04-17 September.
23 May 2023
In 2023, the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research turns 75. We’ve asked thinkers of different generations to think about rural futures.
01 June 2023
The RSE investigates… conservation series will explore the vast and varied work being done in the area, including through several innovative and exciting conservation projects in Scotland.
12 June 2023
As part of the RSE investigates… conservation series, Dr Alex Ball will give a lecture on developing the first conservation genetics laboratory in Cambodia.
06 July 2023
As part of the RSE investigates… conservation series, Professor Christian Rutz FRSE will explain how he helped launch a global research consortium to investigate changes in animal movement patterns during pandemic lockdowns.
11 July 2023
As part of the RSE investigates… conservation series, Dr Helen Senn will speak on ‘Returning the wildcat to Scotland – why it will take a community to save a species’ and will outline the steps taken over the last decade to place the wildcat back on a path to recovery.
18 July 2023
As part of the RSE investigates… conservation series, Professor David Breeze will talk about conservation efforts and the Antonine Wall.
29 April 2023
In this first instalment of our ‘Islands – past, present and future’ series, we are looking backwards to explore the exciting and complex past of the Scottish Islands.
28 April 2023
The first fossil dinosaur reported from Scotland was a single footprint found on the Isle of Skye in the 1980s. Join Professor Brusatte to explore fossils from the Hebrides.
02 February 2023
This hands-on workshop will have you walk a mile in a climate policy-maker’s shoes for a day facilitated by Peter McColl.


Face The Facts series

Meet some of Scotland’s leading climate researchers talking about their work in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26.

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By 2050, the world must feed two billion more people. At this annual joint lecture with SCRR, experts explore the key challenges.
The spring 2024 edition of ReSourcE explores the future of education in Scotland and the pivotal role that learning plays in shaping our collective future.
Jude Barber advocates for an intersectional feminist approach when it comes to designing and building healthy, sustainable communities.
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.
Professor Roger Crofts argues that the environment is our shared responsibility and highlights challenges post-Brexit: declining standards, political influences, and the need for unified action. We must talk early, talk often, and collaborate globally to protect our planet.
Dr Moriba Jah, a space environmentalist, highlights Scotland’s potential to lead in space environmentalism and sustainability, emphasising the importance of addressing space debris and promoting sustainable practices.
We embark on an exploration of the multifaceted relationship between the tertiary education system and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Answers to popular questions on climate change, rewilding and what you can do to help. Classroom resource We’ve consulted experts
Is the seabed a realm of mystery or a part of our world? Surface the legal, ecological and heritage issues relating to the seabed.
There are no easy solutions to removing carbon from aviation. Explore the challenges and opportunities involved with Professor Andrew Rae.
Answers to popular questions on global warming and climate change, sustainability and what you can do to help. Classroom resource
Our panel explore how science is working towards creating better barley to meet the challenges of food security and environmental change.