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Annual Review 2014 - Inspiration, Engagement, Expertise

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In recent years, the work of the Royal Society of Edinburgh has expanded and diversified, and over the last 12 months that work has gathered pace. We group our activities under three main headings: Inspiration, Engagement and Expertise and within the pages that follow, a number of the main accomplishments from the past year are highlighted.

At the time of writing, the historic Referendum on Scottish independence is soon to take place and the RSE has tried to play its part by seeking to enlighten the debate. From the start it was clear to me that the Society’s contribution must be built upon the authority and impartiality that comes from its position as Scotland’s National Academy. It was not, and is not, our place to express a view on the outcome of the Referendum. Rather, drawing from our origins in the Scottish Enlightenment, we have a responsibility to improve the content of the discussion, and to elevate the quality of the discourse. In partnership with the British Academy, we organised a series of events that covered every aspect of the constitutional debate. At the end of the series, we published a book to bring everything together. Free copies were offered to all who asked for them. Within two weeks of publication, we had to order a second print run which was also quickly exhausted.

The Trustees Report & Accounts are also available to view online.

 

Science Scotland 16 - Special Issue Autumn 2014 - Innovation Centres

Investment coupled with initiative makes innovation possible

The eight new Innovation Centres being established in Scotland are intrinsically innovative in several ways. Not only are they ambitious in terms of the plans to develop new business solutions and stimulate industry progress, but they are also being set up to deliver social benefits as well as economic impact.

The other innovation is that all the new Centres are “industry-led,” bringing university researchers together with business to deliver what industry needs, rather than doing original research then searching for someone to buy it. If there is no existing demand, the Innovation Centres simply will not fund the research.

But the eight new Innovation Centres profiled in this special issue of Science Scotland are a welcome initiative, backed by a significant investment, which will hopefully breathe new life into traditional industries and create new ones – as well as new technologies and business solutions not dreamed of before.

 

RSE Newsletter - ReSourcE - Summer 2014 Issue 43

Highlights in the Summer 2014 (no. 43) edition include: latest on the Enlightening the Constitutional Debate series; final report from Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation Inquiry; article on interdisciplinary learning in Scottish schools; plus up-to-date information about events, work with young people, research awards, Fellows and the Young Academy.


Towards a New Enlightenment. Our Strategic Framework

Strategic Framework

As Scotland’s National Academy of the Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Commerce, the RSE has an important role to play in supporting Scotland’s cultural, economic and social well-being in the 21st century.

Building on our successful contribution in recent years, this Strateg yprovides a broad framework and clear direction within which RSE Fellows and staff will deliver activities which contribute to the well-being of people in Scotland.



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