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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 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...]

Annual General Meeting

The Society's Annual General Meeting will take place on Zoom at 7pm on 7th June 2021. Fellows will be send details in due course. [More...]

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