(Information taken from The Royal Society website, September 2018)
What is The Royal Society?
The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.
• Promoting excellence in science
• Supporting international collaboration
• Demonstrating the importance of science to everyone
What does the Royal Society offer?
- Public Events, Science Meetings and venue Hire
- Summer Science Exhibition – see the “more about the summer exhibition” section for finding out about the application process
- Grants - including the Public Engagement Grant
- Training, mentoring and partnerships
- Topics and Policy – inc. policy networks
- Committees and working parties inc. public engagement
Royal Society Fellows
The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.
There are approximately 1,600 Fellows and Foreign Members, including around 80 Nobel Laureates. Each year up to 52 Fellows and up to 10 Foreign Members are elected from a group of around 700 candidates who are proposed by the existing Fellowship.
Who are our Fellows? Search the Royal Society Fellows Directory to find out.
The University of Warwick have 7 elected Fellows who influence, champion and support the work of the Royal Society, and we also have over 40 Research Fellows who have received grants for their research.
Each individual Research Fellow is eligible to apply to the Royal Society for additional funding to support their public engagement events and activities related to this research.
If you are a RS Research Fellow and need ideas or support to submit an application for this additional funding, then please feel free to get in touch with the Warwick public engagement team where we can arrange a time to discuss it further.
Based at the Royal Society building in the centre of London, Each year over 14,000 members of the public, including 2,500 school students, visit the Summer Science Exhibition. Many more are reached through coverage on TV, in the media and online.
Among other great reasons to exhibit, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of your research and institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public. We welcome proposals from researchers in academia, industry and in between, as long as the project lead is UK-based.
The application process for exhibiting at the Summer Exhibition usually opens straight after the current show has closed, and more information about the application process can be found on the Royal Society’s website.
The exhibition team at the Royal Society are there to help. For all enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call on (+44) (0)20 7451 2582.
Warwick’s previous representation at the Summer Exhibition:
- Antimatter Matters
- EPSRC Centre for Doctural Training in Diamond and Technology Science
- Professor Sinead Farrington – involved with a Girls in STEM event
The Royal Society Public Engagement and Events teams can work more closely with researchers to run public engagement events and activities in partnership with the Royal Society.
If you are thinking about working more closely with the Royal Society, then please contact us so we can support where possible, or just be aware of the work you are doing for our monitoring and reporting purposes.