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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts (R.S.S.A.) was founded in 1821 as 'The Society for the Encouragement of the Useful Arts in Scotland' and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1841. It was concerned with the fields that we would now describe as science, technology, engineering and manufacture, but which were then known as the useful arts, as opposed to the fine arts.

Today the Society aims to showcase Scotland's Science, technology and Innovation, mainly through a monthly lecture programme, excursions, promotion of Honorary Fellows, and the award of medals.

The lecture programme is given by excellent public speakers, who are distinguished in their fields of study, and the topics cover a wide range of scientific and technical issues, all pertinent to the Scotland in which we live today. Members of the public are welcome to attend these lectures.

British Astronomical Association

The British Astronomical Association will be holding their biennial exhibition in Edinburgh this Saturday (24th) at the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers St. from 1000-1700. As well as displays and short talks, our previous president, Professor Ian Robson, will be giving a public lecture on 'The Changing Scene in Astronomy' at 1400. Entrance to the Exhibition and lecture are free and no tickets are required. Further information can be found at: http://www.britastro.org/exhibition/

197th Session (2017-2018)

Speakers have now been arranged for the Society's next session. Further details will be added as they become available. [More...]