Frontiers of Science

Frontiers of Science is a series of prestigious international meetings for outstanding early career scientists, organised by the Royal Society in conjunction with national academies and scientific organisations around the world.


To date, meetings have been held with:

  • United States (2004) in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
  • Germany (2006, 2008 and 2011) in partnership with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Visegraad group of Academies (2007)
  • India  (2008) in  partnership with the Indian National Science Academy
  • Japan (2008) in partnership with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Hong Kong (2008 and 2011) in partnership with the Croucher Foundation
  • China and the Netherlands (2009) in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Brazil (2010) in partnership with FAPESP, the State of São Paulo Research Council
  • Australia (2010) in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science
  • Russia (2013) in partnership with the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tartarstan and Russian Academy of Sciences

Frontiers of Science meetings bring together future leaders in science in all disciplines to forge new and innovative links with their counterparts from different countries, and to explore opportunities for international and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Participants are encouraged to present and discuss the most pressing or stimulating research questions at the frontiers of their field, and to identify new and emerging scientific challenges on the horizon of current knowledge. The meetings usually involve around eight sessions, spread over three or four days, and their content is devised by a mixed team of scientists from the participating countries.

We are currently organising a Frontiers of Science meeting in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in May 2013.

The Frontiers of Science programme was originally conceived by American geophysicist Frank Press, who was President of the US National Academies of Science from 1981 to 1993. Since then, 8 of the US Frontiers alumni have won Nobel prizes and the format has been adopted around the world.

Notable alumni from the Royal Society’s Frontiers programme include 2010 Nobel Laureate Dr Konstantin Novoselov, and Professor Angela McLean FRS, Co-director of the Institute for Emerging Infections at Oxford University.