Our 218th Lecture Series starts on 2nd October – Before that we have a talk at the Glasgow Science Festival on 12th June when Prof Douglas Paul will be speaking on Nanotechnology in the Kelvin Hall lecture theatre. Further details will be given closer to the event.

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other news March 2019

Philippe Sands – Private Passions

You can listen to Radio 3’s Private Passions where Michael Berkeley’s guest is human rights lawyer Philippe Sands. His musical choices include Bach, Mahler, Keith Jarrett, Rachmaninov, kora music from Senegal and Leonard Cohen.

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Other news November/December

The Astronomical Society of Glasgow would like to invite members of the society to their next public lecture which takes place on Thursday 20th December, when Prof John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, University of Glasgow, will be presenting Black Holes, Black Magic and Interstellar Travel: How General Relativity Could Help Santa Span the Galaxy.
The lecture will take place in room RC667 of the Royal College, University of Strathclyde at 7.30 pm (please note this is change from our usual room). The room can be found by entering via the James Weir Building on Montrose Street.


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other news July 2018

Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow support for the Trades House of Glasgow  – Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards 2018.

The Society funded two awards, both of £500. These were for ‘Overcoming Difficulties’ and ‘Community Engagement’. The photographs below show the President, Dr Geraint Bevan, presenting the awards.

Below is a video presentation of the finalists in this years awards.

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other news May 2018

UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Festival of Medical Research by researchers from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

Health in the news: Fact or fiction?

Thursday, 14th June 2018 at 6:30pm – Doors open at 6:00pm

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Join in a lively debate on the role of the media in understanding health issues, with a panel of invited guests from the worlds of journalism, academia and public health advocacy.

You will have the opportunity to put your questions to the panel and explore a range of opinions on the impact of health issues and related research as reported by the media.

Confirmed panel members so far include: Clint Witchalls (Health Editor of The Conversation) Helen Puttick (Health Editor of The Times), Dr Shona Hilton (Deputy Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit) and Professor Linda Bauld (Professor of Health Policy). The discussion will be moderated by Pennie Taylor, a freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health matters.


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other news March

We are sorry that we had to cancel the lecture on the 28th February due to the weather and the closure of Strathclyde University.

We are pleased to say that the lecture has been rescheduled for Wednesday 4th April

Professor Kate Jeffery
Illuminating memory: optogenetics and the new science of the mind

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Other news January 2018


Due to adverse weather conditions and the closure of Strathclyde University today, the lecture this evening – 28th February – has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.




“Council member Tony Burton’s talk to the Greenock Philosophical Society on 26th January 2018. The picture shows him with Greenock’s President Campbell McCall, standing on Tony’s right.”

For those who attended the talk by Sir Paul Nurse you can find out about his musical tastes, as expressed on  Desert Island Disks. Listen to it here

You can also listen to Paul Nurse’s appearance on Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity at


Please note that there is an additional lecture in January 2018.

The programme is now:

January 24th has the rescheduled talk by Dr Jane Morris on ‘What does psychotherapy mean for Scotland today?’

January 31st Professor Carolyn Roberts will  be speaking on ‘Managing our water environment: is it a hopeless cause?’

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Other news December 2017

We are please to have been able to reschedule the talk by Dr Jane Morris to Wednesday 24th January. This was due to be given on 29th November. Please see

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Other news November

Following on from our last lecture on ‘the future of the professions’ by Prof Richard Susskind  the following link may be of interest as if deals with growing the artificial intelligence industry.


Many of our speakers have interesting information on the web and below is one such that have come to our notice recently.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell  – 50 years on from the discovery of pulsars



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other news September 2017

CHRISTMAS LECTURES 2017: The language of life

Professor Sophie Scott spoke to the Society in February 2016 and this Christmas she will be talking about one of the fundamentals of human and animal life: the unstoppable urge to communicate, in the 2017 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on communication.

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other news April 2017

Monica Grady spoke to the Society in February – you can listen to an interview with her here –

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