Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is an educational charity, registered in Scotland.

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Independent and non-party-political, we are working to provide public benefit throughout Scotland and by means of a growing international programme. The RSE has a peer-elected, multidisciplinary Fellowship of 1400 men and women who are experts within their fields.

The RSE was created in 1783 by Royal Charter for “the advancement of learning and useful knowledge”. We seek to provide public benefit in today’s Scotland by:

  • Organising lectures, debates and conferences on topical issues of lasting importance, many of which are free and open to all.
  • Conducting independent inquiries on matters of national and international importance.
  • Providing educational activities for primary and secondary school students throughout Scotland.
  • Distributing over £1.7 million to top researchers and entrepreneurs working in Scotland.
  • Showcasing the best of Scotland’s research and development capabilities to the rest of the World.
  • Facilitating two-way international exchange to enhance Scotland’s international collaboration in research and enterprise.
  • Emphasising the value of educational effort and achievement by encouraging, recognising and rewarding it with scholarships, financial and other support, prizes and medals.
  • Providing expert information on Scientific issues to MSPs & Researchers through the Scottish Parliament Science Information Service.


Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street

+44 (0)131 240 5000