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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.

200th Session of the Society

The Society's 200th session will open with meetings being held online using Zoom. Details of the first three lectures are available now. More information will follow about the others. [More...]

Next Online Lecture

Prof Catherine Heymans will speak on “The dark side of the Universe” at 7pm on Monday 23rd November 2020 Due to COVID-19 this will be held online using Zoom. [More...]

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