Anniversary Day 2010

Tuesday 30 November 2010 marks the end of the Royal Society’s 350th year.

Martin Rees and Bryan Organ A portrait of the outgoing President, Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow. Bryan Organ was commissioned for this work to mark the end of Lord Rees' term.

At the Anniversary Meeting on 30 November the outgoing President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow, made the annual Anniversary Address, a keynote speech which addresses important issues in the world of science.

  • Watch the Anniversary Address here.
  • To celebrate the end of the 350th anniversary, the Royal Society has published a new report, Science sees further, which describes how science will address some of the biggest issues the world currently faces, each one explored by an eminent scientist or scientists in the relevant field.

    Outgoing President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, said: “In 1660, when the Royal Society was founded, science was in its infancy.  Our lives today differ from those of our ancestors largely because of the scientific advances made in the subsequent 350 years. There may well be 9 billion people on Earth by mid-century, each having rising expectations, and the consequent pressures on the environment will be hard to manage. However, the answer will lie in new science, and in better application of what we already know. Science is an unending quest for understanding: as old questions are settled, new ones come into sharper focus. There can be no better way to celebrate the Royal Society's 350th anniversary than to look to the future of science, built on the foundations of today's cutting-edge research."

    The President’s five year term began in December 2005 and ends on Anniversary Day. On Wednesday 01 December 2010, Sir Paul Nurse will take up the post of President.

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