How Fellows can get involved

Help make knowledge useful for everyone.

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As Scotland’s National Academy, we use the combined knowledge of our 1,800-strong Fellowship and wider network to contribute to the social and economic well-being of Scotland, its people, and the global community.

The three broad 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.

As a genuinely multidisciplinary academy, the RSE relies on Fellows to draw on the expertise, understanding and knowledge to contribute substantially to these societal challenges.

However you choose to participate, whether you are pioneering a new idea, promoting scientific research in Scotland, providing advice to governments and parliaments, facilitating a forum for discussion to disseminate knowledge, or want to amplify our mission, knowledge made useful, we welcome you to the RSE.

The RSE identifies three broad challenges facing Scotland and the world – all of which require truly multidisciplinary knowledge to address:

  • Climate change and environmental sustainability

  • Economic prosperity

  • Social cohesion and inclusion

Have an idea?

How to submit an activity proposal:

The RSE invites Fellows to contribute by submitting an activity proposal, whether for establishing a community of interest on a particular issue, one-off events or conferences, or other initiatives.

All proposals for new activities are submitted to the Programme Committee for review using the activity proposal form. The committee reviews proposals for new activities, whether from Fellows, Office-Bearers, Council, Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) members, or external organisations or individuals.

The RSE is particularly interested in activities that align with the RSE’s strategic plan in addressing the key societal challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, and social cohesion and inclusion; however, this does not exclude other critical issues. The RSE’s diverse expertise and membership enables us to bring multidisciplinary perspectives to a wide range of issues of significance for Scotland, the UK, and internationally.

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Complete an activity proposal

Ways to get involved

The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s communications are crucial in supporting the organisation’s mission and engaging with people across Scotland. The communications team supports the Fellowship, committees, working groups, programme areas and the resulting output from each. Output include press, publications, blog posts, photography, case studies, and social media. By collaborating with cross-departmental teams and employing diverse channels and tactics, we strive to make the work of the RSE visible and appeal to a broader audience.

The RSE’s communications objectives are:

  • Secure greater visibility of the RSE in the public eye and generate a broader understanding of its work and value for the whole of Scotland and across the world.
  • Showcase the wide range of RSE activities and outputs through digital, social, and traditional media.
  • Grow the RSE’s audience across all channels and create a greater diversity of those who have an opportunity to see the work of the RSE and understand its relevance to them.
  • Mobilise a greater proportion of the Fellowship for communications purposes by identifying opportunities across all channels to showcase the RSE’s multi-disciplinary knowledge and expertise.
  • Deliver effective Fellows communications to ensure informative and engaging content that drives interaction and delivers on calls to action.

Opportunities for Fellows:

  • Get in touch about how you can help above objectives.
  • Write for the RSE’s blog, which publishes opinion pieces and analysis on various topics from some of Scotland’s leading thinkers.
  • Contribute to securing national, regional, and local online, print, and broadcast coverage for the RSE by working with our communications officers on stories that the RSE can provide expert commentary on.
  • Share your knowledge in short videos. Answer a series of questions on your area of expertise, which will be turned into engaging short-form content for social media.
  • Follow the RSE on social media and help amplify our activity, mission, and content across your network.
  • Subscribe to the RSE’s mailing lists to receive updates on areas of interest.

To get involved, contact our team

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