What’s on

The RSE inspires innovative thinking through a yearly programme of public engagement activity.

Bringing together the expertise of our Fellowship, we deliver creative, thought-provoking and high-quality public engagement activities to audiences throughout Scotland and beyond.

Upcoming events

  • A blow up football with a globe print which has been deflated.
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    Catastrophe!

    Explore what the world might look like if we experience a series of catastrophes – will you survive? Join our panel of experts, creatives, and activists as we explore what the world might look like if we experience a series of catastrophes. From robots reproducing themselves to the destruction of land and habitat from floods…

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  • In-person

    Never too late: language learning at any age

    Is it impossible to learn a language well at any age? And how can you start? Many people believe that successfully learning another language as an adult is difficult, if not impossible. But is this really the case? Do you need a special talent to become multilingual later in life? How many languages can one…

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  • Image of woman with a picture of a beach over her face and surrounded by clouds.
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    We Can Still Hear You: an exploration of OCD

    Join this screening of We Can Still Hear You, a creative short documentary project exploring Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a continuously misunderstood, misrepresented and underrepresented illness, impacting 1.2% of the UK population, which is around three-quarters of a million people, according to OCD-UK. Join this screening of We Can Still Hear…

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  • Cartoon of a maze where people are sat alone looking at their computer screens
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    Youth, boredom and (dis)connection

    Dive into the experiences of young people in Scotland, exploring themes of boredom, connection, and disconnection at this exhibition. Connection to others – family, friends, mentors, colleagues, and community – is a cornerstone of our well-being. However, since 2020, higher levels of chronic loneliness have been reported across all sectors of society. Recent Office of…

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  • In-person

    How we build our brains

    Discover how our environments, experiences, genetics, and health contribute to the unique differences in each of our brains. Imagine a structure weighing just a couple of kilos but containing approximately 100 billion cells. These cells are interconnected through trillions of connections, surpassing the number of known stars in the galaxy. This incredible biological machine, capable…

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  • Cartoon image of eart as the end of a match stick that is burning
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    Climate change: simple, serious, solvable?

    How does climate change work? And can our actions truly make a difference? Climate change remains one of the biggest challenges we face as a global population, but most people still have important questions about this key issue. How does climate change work?  How big of a deal is it?  And can anything we do…

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    Shaping the feminist city

    Join this lively and positive conversation to discuss methods and strategies that can shape feminist cities in Scotland and beyond. What does a feminist city look like, and how far away is Scotland and the UK from adopting feminist approaches to urban planning? In October 2022, Glasgow’s City Council unanimously supported a motion to prioritise…

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  • In-person

    The evidence chamber

    What is it like to sit on the jury of a murder trial? Whether a fan of true crime or not, take a seat in the Evidence Chamber to find out. There’s been a murder. The police have a suspect but the evidence doesn’t paint a clear picture. In a jury deliberation room, you watch…

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  • Cartoon image of someone knitting a brain
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    Blood flow and brain health: tackling dementia through vascular research

    How can we influence policymakers, research funders, and the public to prioritise brain health? By 2039, over one million people in the UK will be living with dementia. Dementia arises from various brain diseases, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. However, vascular dementia is also a significant concern. Our expert panel will explore the…

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  • A fingerprint lit up by UV light
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    A Scottish murder: unravelling the Ardlamont case

    The famous 1893 Scottish murder at the Ardlamont Estate remains a mystery. Come and hear the curious evidence for yourself live with the hosts of the Inside Forensic Science podcast.  Accident or murder?  The Ardlamont case is a tale of mystery and intrigue. This famous Scottish murder at the Ardlamont Estate in 1893 has fascinated…

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  • In-person

    Beyond the horizon

    Be inspired by new perspectives on the infinite beyond the horizon at this new installation where astronomy and art intersect. Glimpse the vastness of our Universe at Beyond the horizon, the striking new astronomy/art installation at St Andrews’ Twin Dome Observatory. Gain unprecedented access to the University of St Andrews’ enormous collection of observatory photographic…

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  • Map of Edinburgh
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    Edinburgh’s own gorge: the story of the Hermitage of Braid

    Join us for this walking tour of the beautiful Hermitage of Braid to discover its history and biodiversity. The Hermitage of Braid lies between the Blackford and Braid Hills just south of Edinburgh. Geologically, it is at the northernmost tip of the Pentland Hills. Its history prompts numerous questions: Why is there a gorge here…

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Past events

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    Islands – future

    Join us for Islands – future, a conference dedicated to exploring the future of Scotland’s islands. This unique gathering will delve into critical and diverse themes from sustainable economies, archaeological pursuits and youth outmigration, to marine biology and environmental stewardship. By bringing together leading experts and community voices, we aim to inspire innovative solutions and…

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  • Online

    Care in remote and island communities

    Discover the unique experiences and innovative approaches in remote, rural, and island health and social care at our upcoming expert panel discussion.

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  • Hybrid

    Criminal justice in crisis

    A conference addressing critical issues of criminal justice in Scotland and the UK from understanding and preventing anti-social behaviour to addressing racism and misogyny in policing.

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  • In-person

    How not to miss the productivity revival again

    Making pro-productivity policies fit for purpose. The session will commence with a provocation by Professor Bart Van Ark, Director of the Productivity Institute. It will be followed by a panel discussion led by Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli with MSPs, including Maggie Chapman MSP, Michael Marra MSP, and Brian Whittle MSP, with more to be confirmed….

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  • In-person

    A dialogue on dying: examining assisted death in Scotland

    A public panel discussion on assisted dying, incorporating views from speakers on both sides of the issue. There have been several attempts to legalise assisted dying across the UK. Prior to the current Members’ Bill proposed by Liam McArthur MSP, there have been three separate efforts in Scotland alone over the last few decades. The…

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  • Louise Welsh in conversation with Jenny Niven

    Witness the meeting of two Scottish literary minds in this evening of discussion and reflection between Louise Welsh and Jenny Niven.

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