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.
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.
The Society's 200th session is going ahead but COVID-19 has required us to switch to holding our lecture meetings online. Details of topics and speakers will be added to our 'Meetings' page as they become available. [More...]
Prof Keith Bell will speak on “Powering past fossil fuels: electricity and net-zero” at 7pm on Monday 29th March 2021. This will be held online using Zoom. [More...]