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The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow


Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)
Charity Number SC015557

Informed, Intelligent talk and Discussion

If you enjoy listening, discussing, debating, intellectual challenge, and gaining insight into old and new disciplines, the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow is for you.

Our speakers are national and international experts in their various fields, who enjoy sharing their knowledge with an audience eager to learn more about the many things that influence our lives. A friendly atmosphere pervades all our meetings, and a complimentary drink after each lecture ensures further animated discussion.

The  Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow was founded in 1802 “to aid the study, diffusion, and advancement of the arts and sciences with their applications, and the better understanding of public affairs”.   Over two centuries later, it still meets regularly and the topics addressed are diverse. The Society contributes to and enriches public life in the West of Scotland.  Over the years we have looked at many aspects of culture and society in the context of our national historical background.


Wednesday 21th October, 19.30hrs in the John Anderson Building, University of Strathclyde. The speaker is Prof Colin McInnes,  James Watt Professor of Engineering Science, University of Glasgow. The title of the lecture is:

James Watt’s heat engine: energy transitions past, present, and future


The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow announce its Research and Study Grant Programme

Grants will be available to support a broad range of research and study activities in the arts, humanities, sciences and other disciplines. All aspects of the costs of research and study will be considered including travel, research networking, publication or dissemination of results, course or conference fees, pump priming for more major research projects, education, training, teaching, outreach to raise awareness in young people and the public in general or otherwise promote public engagement.

 Research Grant Guidelines, terms and Conditions 2015

Download  Application form Research Grant

The maximum annual sum available for grants is £5,000 and the Society hopes to make several awards each year. Applicants are therefore advised that bids for sums smaller than the total available may be more likely to succeed. Applications for grants which extend over two or three years will also be considered. The maximum grant available to any one applicant will be £5,000.