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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.

Our President, Dr Alison Morrison-Low, will chair a discussion with Dr John C Taylor OBE and Dr Louise Horsfall, Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh at the National Museums Scotland 14:30–15:30 on 23 Nov 2019. Tickets (free) should be booked through the NMS. See more on the NMS website.

Forthcoming Lectures

"Gestural Origins: Exploring the evolutionary origins of human language through great ape gesture"
Dr Cat Hobaiter , Lecturer in Origins of Mind, University of St Andrews at 7pm on Monday 29th November 2019 [More...]

Printable Lecture Programme

A complete Programme for the Society's 199th Session is available to download and print.