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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.

Forthcoming Events

"Quantum Computing and its Application in Engineering Simulations"
Dr Rene Steijl, Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, at 7pm on Monday 18th December 2023

The meeting will be opened with a short presentation from Ann-Kathrin Hofmann, winner of the 2023 RSSA Travel Scholarship, who will talk about the special project she undertook during the summer: “The synthesis of a novel nitroxide, and analysis by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy”.

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