RSE/SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture – The time for rural is now

“Resilience” and “sustainability” are described as essential goals that we must reach. We must also address connected crises of climate, biodiversity and livelihoods. Research and practice in rural Scotland are already, and will continue, to support the opportunities and address the challenges that we’re facing, in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Come and hear inspirational speakers challenge and provoke us about how “the time for rural is NOW”. Listen to established and earlier career researchers debate and give their views. And have YOUR say as to how rural can shine a light on the possibilities and opportunities for addressing the “grand challenges” and “wicked problems” of our and future generations.

We are excited to confirm that our speakers for the RSE/SCRR event are as follows:

  • Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE, Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland, Scientific Director of Moredun Research Institute and CEO of The Moredun Foundation. She also holds a Chair in Food Security at the University of Glasgow’s College of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences.
  • Claire Taylor, Agricultural Communicator with Jane Craigie Marketing and Herald Columnist.
  • Dr Leslie Mabon, Lecturer in Environmental Systems in the School of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University.

The event will be co-hosted by the RSE Interim Chief Executive Dr Eve Poole and the SCRR Executive Committee Chair, Professor Geoff Simm.

Rural town scotland


Monday May 23rd, 2022 15:30-17:00


The Royal Society of Edinburgh




Professor Geoff Simm


Claire Taylor
Dr Leslie Mabon