Curious 2023

Get under the surface with Scotland’s leading experts! The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s summer event series, Curious, is back from 04-17 September.

Scotland’s national academy invites you to participate in this two-week celebration of extraordinary people discussing big ideas. Engage with Scotland’s leading thinkers as we delve into contemporary issues through a range of extraordinary free talks, workshops, tours, and exhibitions.

Challenge your perspectives, look again, ask probing questions, and gain fresh insights into the pressing challenges and exciting opportunities we face today.

Engage in a huge variety of topics presented by Scotland’s leading thinkers – from the arts and heritage to health and climate – there’s something for anyone Curious!

The series features over 30 talks, discussions and outdoor activities both online and in-person, uniting experts from diverse disciplines.


Around 1 in every 375 adults live with Parkinson’s disease in Scotland. We discuss the latest research taking place in Dundee.
Is the seabed a realm of mystery or a part of our world? Surface the legal, ecological and heritage issues relating to the seabed.
There are no easy solutions to removing carbon from aviation. Explore the challenges and opportunities involved with Professor Andrew Rae.
Join us for a triumphant showcase of the women who broke down barriers and changed the face of STEM in Scotland.
The Norse are woven right through the tapestry (or tartan!) of Scottish history and culture. But why do we not know more about them?
This panel brings together innovators and experts from across the country to dive under the surface of Scotland’s space industry.
Our panel explore how science is working towards creating better barley to meet the challenges of food security and environmental change.
Brining together curators and museum researchers to discuss what it means for academic institutions to be accountable to colonial legacies.
Does comparing monolinguals and bilinguals really matter? Professor Antonella Sorace explores this and more in this thought-provoking talk.
Between 1563 and 1736 up to 5,000 people are estimated to have been accused of witchcraft. But who are the witches of Scotland and why do their stories matter?
A small observatory in St Andrews has stood unused for many years, but the building is now being brought to life through an art installation.
Join our international panel to explore the rich experiences of diaspora communities and the profound impact of migration on our collective journey.
In Scotland, it has been said that we are at the start of a hydro-pumped storage renaissance. Could we take this opportunity to become a green energy storage superpower?
Data is all around us. How our data is used, by whom and for whose benefit is a major topic of discussion. So, what is really being done with it? Who can use it and why? And how can it help people?
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Monday September 4th - Sunday September 17th, 2023