Curious 2021

The RSE invites you to Curious, its summer events programme running from 09-27 August. All eyes are on Scotland’s leading thinkers in this thought-provoking series of free online talks and intimate conversations designed to question and inspire the world around us to reach new insights.

Take part in thought-provoking talks and quiz some of Scotland’s leading thinkers and practitioners.

Quench your curiosity on a range of topics, including the future of energy demands, coastal communities, dealing with death, and endometriosis.

Explore nanotechnology in healthcare, green aviation, video games, forensic science, and so much more.

Curious is an opportunity to learn something new, query the way things work, and ask questions to some of the world’s leading experts. Each event is free to attend, and the programme runs throughout August.

Available to watch

Here you will find a hand-picked selection of recorded events from Curious 2021, available to watch at your leisure.

This video, with geologists, artists, and historians, explores the history and the people who studied them during the Scottish Enlightenment.
Created by Hannah Lavery, Thirteen Fragments is an artistic response to how Scotland can emerge from the pandemic as a more equitable society.
Our expert panel discussed how “Big Science” research is powering innovations and technology that shape and improves every aspect of our lives.
This panel reflects on the crucial role of sports and cultural participation in broadening our understanding of health and wellbeing
An illustrated conversation between artist Victoria Crowe FRSE and poet Christine De Luca reflecting on our changed circumstance.
This discussion shares the latest thinking on this difficult condition that affects one in ten women in the UK, and at treatments therapies.
Jason Leitch in a panel discussion examines the response of the Scottish Government, what it got right – and wrong – over the last 18 months.
Can we really teach computers to read the handwriting of the past? This session will explore where new technologies meet old books.
Health has been on all our minds in the past year and longer. Watch this discussion about various scientific findings on “Brain Health”.
This discussion is an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing citizen-led public service in Scotland
This event discusses the UK Government’s plans for reforming the asylum system and what this means for Scotland’s approach.
Offering a critical perspective, our speakers explore how we now need to reimagine the nature and purpose of education post-pandemic.
Experts from across the globe talk about how public narrative and communication on Covid-19 has taken place in their country/state.
Future energy demand is likely to increase due to climate change, but the magnitude depends on many interacting sources of uncertainty.
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Monday August 9th - Friday August 27th, 2021





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