The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is Scotland’s National Academy. Founded in 1783, its Fellowship includes some of the best intellectual talent in academia, the professions and business. Independent, and free from external influence, it is unique in the UK and distinctive internationally in its breadth of academic disciplines. The RSE facilitates public debate, fosters international cooperation and manages research programmes and educational projects.The international programme is managed by a committee that consists of Fellows, and others, with established research links overseas and experience of working with international institutions. The work is delivered under the auspices of an international strategy that has at its heart a vision for the RSE to be recognised for developing productive international research links and partnerships that benefit the people of Scotland and enhance the country’s reputation globally. The strategy focuses activity on key countries and regions and the RSE partners with leading organisations nationally and internationally to maximise the impact of the work.
That work includes facilitating and supporting the international exchange of researchers, organising events that relate to key Scottish sectors and entering into agreements with sister academies around the world to promote collaboration and strengthen research ties. Currently the RSE has agreements, or Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), with 21 academies worldwide. These include the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Indian National Science Academy and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
China is a priority country for the RSE. Apart from CAS, it also has MoU with the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Through these agreements a number of joint workshops have taken place and more are planned. The workshops are designed to create robust joint projects that are funded by the international programmes of the RSE and its partners.
The RSE is delighted to be part of the Connected Scotland group as it fully supports the belief that a connected approach will benefit the activities of each individual partner as well as creating new opportunities to work in concert. The RSE hopes to create and develop specific initiatives arising from its established links with leading overseas National Academies and related bodies. Also, and as appropriate, members of the RSE International Committee will support Connected Scotland activities where their knowledge and experience can bring added benefit.
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