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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.

198th Session (2018—2019)

Preliminary information about the lecture meetings of the Society's 198th Session which starts in the autumn are now available. Further details will be added as they become available. [More...]

Forthcoming Lectures

"Between a rock and a hard place: the critical role that Early Cenozoic events had in shaping the UK geology, shale gas reserves and carbon storage sites"
Professor John Underhill BSc PhD FGS FRSE, Chief Scientist & Shell Chair of Exploration Geoscience, Academic Director of the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, at 7pm on Monday 17th September 2018 [More...]