A self-governing fellowship of many of the world's most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.
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.
The Royal Society is the national Academy of science in the UK, and its core is its Fellowship and Foreign Membership, supported by a dedicated staff in London and elsewhere. The Fellowship comprises the most eminent scientists of the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth.
A major activity of the Society is identifying and supporting the work of outstanding scientists. The Society supports researchers through its early and senior career schemes, innovation and industry schemes, and other schemes.
The Society facilitates interaction and communication among scientists via its discussion meetings, and disseminates scientific advances through its journals. The Society also engages beyond the research community, through independent policy work, the promotion of high quality science education, and communication with the public.
Education: Our education work aims to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to appreciate the value of science and to engage with it. We focus on helping schools to work with the best scientists and on recognising excellence in education.
We want ‘science for all’ – to stimulate the interest of young people in science and mathematics, so that people’s lives are enriched and the needs of the economy are met.
Research & policy: We support research into science and mathematics education and produce policy reports. We respond to consultations and provide advice to government and others.
Partnership Grants: A scheme which provides funding for schools to run exciting and innovative projects in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer.
Associate Schools and Colleges: A UK network of enthusiastic teachers who share their experience and work with us in order to help promote excellence in science and mathematics teaching.
Invigorate: This sister website contains curriculum-linked science teaching resources for KS2-5.
Please note that they are unable to provide work experience placements or funding for Masters or PhD students. You can read our advice for students here.
We encourage scientists and engineers to become involved in science and mathematics education.
The Education Committee advises Council on education matters and sets the direction for the Society’s education work.