Our speakers are national and international experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge with an inquisitive audience eager to hear what lies behind the headlines. A friendly atmosphere pervades all our meetings, and a complimentary drink after each lecture assists further discussion.
The Society was founded in 1802 “to aid the study, diffusion, and advancement of the arts and sciences with their applications”. Over two centuries later, we added “the better understanding of public affairs”. Our regular meetings consider many topics and contribute to public life in the West of Scotland and beyond.
Our meetings attract an audience of between 300 and 400 people who come not only to listen to presentations from distinguished speakers but also to engage them in lively discussion. The speakers seem to enjoy the evening as much as the audience and many comment on the high standard of debate.
The lectures are open to members and non-members alike and attract expert and inexpert individuals of all ages from every background. Why not come and try it out?
October 2nd: The Idea of a Moral Constitution
Prof A C Grayling
Master of the New College of the Humanities
October 16th: Realising individual’s potential, despite the circumstances – makes sense socially & economically.
Founder & Chair of MCR Pathways, MCR Foundation & MCR Holdings
October 30th: Why do we look up?
Dr Guy Consolmagno
Director of the Vatican Observatory
November 13th: Land, Democracy & Society. Why land reform matters and can solve many problems.
Andy Wightman MSP
Writer and researcher on land governance
November 27th: A Symphony in Stone
A 60 minute documentary which celebrates and explains Glasgow’s stunning cityscape and architecture.
December 11th: Blame, forgiveness and apology
Prof. Elinor Mason (Philosophy, University of Edinburgh), Prof. Miranda Fricker (Philosophy, CUNY), Prof. Glen Pettigrove (Philosophy, University of Glasgow)
January 8th: The next influenza pandemic
Prof Wendy Barclay
Action Medical Research Chair in Virology, Imperial College London
January 22nd: The poverty of Robert Burns
Co-founder and Chief Executive of Kissing with Confidence
February 5th: Remanufacturing: remaking UK manufacturing
Dr Winifred Ijomah
Technical Director: Scottish Institute for Remanufacture
February 19th: A new theory of illusion and hallucination and its application to virtual reality experience
Professor Fiona Macpherson
Director, Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience
March 4th: Feeling the real and virtual worlds through sense of touch
Professor Ravinder Dahiya
Professor of Electronics and Nanoengineering, University of Glasgow
March 18th: Volcanoes from fuming vents to extinction events
Prof Tamsin Mather
Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
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