• The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)’s “Curious” summer events programme is back for a fourth year this August.
  • Tartan noir writer Ian Rankin is involved in discussing the important moments in his life and the inspirations behind his work.
  • The series features over 30 talks, discussions and outdoor activities following four themes: our planet, health and wellbeing, innovation and invention, and the year of stories.
Professor Antonella Sorace FRSE

Scotland’s National Academy is inviting the public to share in the knowledge of world-renowned thinkers, experts and creatives as part of its popular annual “Curious” series.

After attracting over 2,000 attendees in 2021, The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)’s summer events programme will return for its fourth year between the 1st and 14th of August. Following two years of producing Curious for an online audience, this year’s programme will be hybrid, with a mix of in-person and online experiences.

From mind travelling to mental health, microsatellites to multilingualism, this year’s Curious events will see attendees get to grips with fascinating, diverse, and pertinent aspects of science and the arts.

Famed tartan noir writer Ian Rankin will also feature in this year’s programme with an in-person event, giving attendees a glimpse into his ‘curious mind’. Rankin, best known as the author of the Inspector Rebus series, will discuss his inspirations, writing processes and life at an event in the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Curious is all about challenging our minds with big ideas. Our main themes this year reflect on areas of real impact for people’s lives: our planet, health and wellbeing, innovation and invention, all while tying into the 2022 ‘Year of Stories’.

Curious exemplifies the RSE mission to make knowledge useful, taking advantage of the expertise of our Fellows.  I encourage you to take part in our 2022 programme. There’s something for everyone, with online and in-person events, group discussions, talks, and outdoor activities.

Professor Sir John Ball, President of the RSE

The programme includes biology expert Professor Maggie Gill FRSE leading a panel discussion on achieving net-zero, Professor Gerard Carruthers FRSE guides a tour around the hidden stories in Greyfriars Kirkyard, while Dr Miranda Anderson will discuss the concept of ‘mind-travelling’, what happens to our minds when we listen to a story or read a book?

Details of events and tickets can be found on the RSE’s dedicated Curious website at www.rse-curious.com

Go to rse-curious.com to browse the programme