Russia is uniquely important in the history of science. Many of the world’s most important scientific discoveries and inventions originated in Russia, including the Periodic Table and human spaceflight. It remains a centre of excellence in mathematics, physics and space science. The Society has four Foreign Members in Russia, many Fellows have close links, and UK academia includes a large Russian diaspora.
The Society’s links go back to Peter the Great’s visit in 1698, and his subsequent founding of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Since then, the Society and its Fellows have frequently maintained productive relations with Russian scientists.
Recent activities include scientific meetings on palaeontology (October 2016, see write-up) and black holes (April 2017) with RAS, and a high level discussion on science diplomacy with the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR, May 2017), hosted by MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations). The latter two events took place under the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education. The Society also runs a successful exchange programme with RFBR.