The RSE’s Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission aims to support a better future for Scotland and to build a fairer and more resilient society, through addressing both immediate challenges and longer-term policy and practice questions.

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Building National Resilience

What does a resilient Scotland look like and what threats and challenges does Scotland face in the future? How do we prepare for this?

Data, Evidence and Science

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

Inclusive Public Service

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?

Public Debate and Participation

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?

Key findings and recommendations from the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission

The Commission launched a report, making several recommendations for decision-makers to support Scotland’s Covid recovery.

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An illuminating and entertaining conversation between award-winning actor and comedian Janey Godley and Kirsty Wark FRSE, discussing the ways in which communication has become important during the pandemic.
Professor Niamh Nic Daéid talks about using the learning from the Covid-19 pandemic to enhance Scotland’s ability to effectively utilise data, evidence, and science in preparing for and responding to future challenges.
Caroline Gardner discusses the learning from the pandemic to support inclusive public services and innovative thinking.
Hear from Professor Sir Ian Boyd about using the learning from Covid-19 to enhance Scotland’s resilience to deal with large-scale disruptions and challenges of the future.
Meet Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak who successfully led the launch of the Lighthouse Labs, the UK’s capacity for testing at such scale and the need for collaboration between science and industry.
Dame Seona Reid on the impact of Covid-19 on culture and the creative arts.


This event discusses the recommendations and key learning with Humza Yousaf MSP and Commission members at the SNP Party Conference 2021.
Experts from across the globe talk about how public narrative and communication on Covid-19 has taken place in their country/state.
An online discussion examining how effectively data and evidence has been used and communicated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic


Professor Niamh Nic Daéid illustrates the need to increase public confidence and and trust in data and science-based decisions.
Talat Yaqoob FRSE outlines the importance of public participation in government decision-making to avoid the next crisis
Caroline Gardner CBE, Chair of the Inclusive Public Service working group writes about the benefits of social prescribing.
Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRSE describes how Covid-19 has shown how businesses must increase their resilience to survive potential crises.
Jim Fairbairn OBE FRSE explains the government policies needed to support businesses and help them prosper post-Covid-19.
Professor Dame Anne Glover details the findings of the RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission and how Scotland can emerge stronger from the pandemic.


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