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Past events

04 May 2020
This event will discuss the broad range of ways in which space technology is used and how Scotland is helping lead the way in developing the space technologies of the future.
18 December 2019
The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) in association with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) are hosting the launch of the special issue of Anti-Trafficking Review dedicated to Public Perceptions and Responses to Human Trafficking.
23 November 2019
Join us for a day of hands-on chemistry activities, engaging public talks and musical performances in celebration of the 150th birthday of the periodic table in this ‘Year of the Periodic Table’.
10 September 2019
In 2016 the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) launched its At Risk Academic Refugees (ARAR) initiative to recognise young
01 November 2019
Freeman’s illustrated lecture draws enchanting musical examples from the singing of John Morran, a pre-eminent singer of the Scottish folk movement, and the lecturer’s own moving recitations.
28 September 2019
Discover more about the building and the history of the RSE, including the Fellows past and present and the work the RSE does as Scotland’s National Academy.
24 September 2019
Join this year’s RSE Lord Kelvin Medal recipient Professor John Irvine at the University of Aberdeen as he highlights the potential of distributed technologies to make early and significant reductions in carbon dioxide impacts on the atmosphere.
02 September 2019
Charles Piazzi Smyth FRSE fascinates a wide range of people – Astronomers, Historians, Photography experts, Egyptologists, Art lovers, and the public in general – and his legacy is being celebrated to mark the 200 years since his birth.
31 August 2019
Drop in to one of our talks to discover fascinating future developments in medicine, forensic science, tourism, gaming, astrobiology and much more.
18 July 2019
Professor Geoffrey Hinton FRS, the ‘godfather of deep learning’ will present this year’s RSE President’s Lecture. Professor Hinton was awarded the IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Award in 2016 for his pioneering and sustained contributions to machine learning.
17 June 2019
Prostate cancer continues to pose considerable controversies, and to attract interest and attention from the public, the media, scientists and urologists alike. This presentation will take you through a journey of evidence-based knowledge, examining in turn the old, the new, the good, the bad and the future, in managing this common and ubiquitous disease.
05 June 2019
Professor Dame Ann Dowling explores the role of grand challenges in inspiring and driving progress in engineering.