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Mission and priorities

The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.

Our priorities

  • Promoting excellence in science
  • Supporting international collaboration
  • Demonstrating the importance of science to everyone

Read more about our priorities in our Strategic Plan for 2017-2022, or read the summary.