LIVING WITH IT WORKING WITH IT TREATING IT
As the UK national academy of science founded in 1660, the Royal Society plays a crucial role as the champion of top quality science and technology. It does this by:
funding 380 of the brightest professorial and postdoctoral science researchers who perform cutting edge research across the science, engineering, technology spectrum
stimulating international interaction through the provision of a range of grants to support 3000 visits and joint projects each year
producing a series of authoritative statements and reports which provide incisive advice to government and the public on key issues in science and technology
publishing top class scientific journals and maintaining a richly resourced history of science library and archive
devising a highly proactive science communications programme comprising meetings, lectures, exhibitions aimed at specialists and non-specialists
promoting science education and awareness
rewarding scientific excellence by electing to its Fellowship the most distinguished scientists in the UK and the Commonwealth and by awarding medals and prizes to scientists throughout the world for work of distinction.
By virtue of its independent status and its body of some 1300 Fellows and Foreign Members covering all scientific disciplines, the Society is uniquely placed to represent the interests of top quality science and technology in its interactions with government, the public and the media. It adopts a high profile on issues which are vital to scientific progress and is taking an increasingly prominent position in furthering the role of science, engineering and technology in society by facilitating constructive dialogue between scientists and non-scientists.