The Royal Society of Edinburgh has released its New Fellows Booklet for 2021.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh New Fellows Booklet 2021

The RSE is very pleased to welcome our newly elected 2021 Fellows to the Society. These new Fellows comprise leading thinkers and experts from Scotland and around the world whose work has a significant impact on our nation.

Due to current restrictions, we cannot hold our usual new Fellows welcome event. This year we held an online ceremony to celebrate your many and diverse achievements and to provide you with the introductions and information required to begin your engagement with our community.

The RSE has announced its 87newly elected 2021 Fellows, comprising leading thinkers and experts from Scotland and around the world whose work has a significant impact on our nation.

2021 welcomes an intake of 87 fellows, joining the current roll of around 1,600, and hail from fields as diverse as mental health law, particle physics, theatre direction and gender relations.  The list includes many leading academics, such as public health expert, Professor Devi Sridhar and Distinguished academic philosopher and politician, Baroness Onora O’Neill of Bengarve.

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Professor Michael Keating, RSE General Secretary

Unusually for a national academy, we span the whole range of academic endeavour – natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. This makes us truly interdisciplinary and allows us to engage in matters at the interface of disciplines, which is where some of the most interesting and stimulating questions are to be found. Pressing issues such as climate change, the Covid pandemic and social inequality raise new questions which cannot be addressed only from a single perspective.

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Professor Zoe Shipton, RSE Fellowship Secretary

On behalf of the Council, Fellows and Staff of the RSE, I would like to congratulate you on your election as new Fellows. Scotland’s talent exceeds expectations across academia, culture and business. Celebrating and harnessing this breadth of expertise has been core to the RSE since its inception in 1783.

Download the RSE 2021 New Fellows Booklet

This publication outlines the RSE’s areas of work as well as the opportunities available for Fellows and the support available to them. In addition, the booklet celebrates this year’s Fellowship intake, offering brief individual outlines of their work and interests.