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Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life by their peers on the basis of excellence in science.
356 years old
The Society was founded on 28 November 1660.
Places of science
c.50 public events each year
Popular science talks, prize lectures, exhibitions and festivals bring cutting-edge science to the public.
c.40 scientific meetings each year
Bringing together scientists from around the world to present and discuss new research in all areas of science.
Medals and Awards
We provide independent, timely and evidence-based scientific advice to UK, European and international decision makers.
Topics and policy
£53.49m awarded in 2015/16
Funding sources include government grants, donations and legacies.
1731 Copley Medal first awarded
Along with the oldest scientific prize in the world, we administer 30 more prestigious awards.
We publish journals across the entire range of science. Find out more about how to read and submit articles.
We support open access and all our journals are fully compliant with funder mandates.
Explore the history of science through our rare and intriguing collection of books, archives, paintings, images and artefacts.
The Library and Archives at the Royal Society’s offices in London are now closed until early 2022.