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Privacy policy

The Royal Society (we) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand how we will use your personal data. Personal data is any information that relates to you from which you can be identified by us.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is The Royal Society of 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG.

This privacy policy applies to the following websites (our sites):

  • (all subdomains)

The privacy policy for other websites associated with the Royal Society are available here:

Information we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following personal data about you:

  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on our sites and information provided by you at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to any services, purchasing any products or services through our sites, registering for an event or if you request further information about us or anything we do. We may also ask you for information for other purposes, for example when you report a problem with our site.
  • If you support the Royal Society financially, the Society may collect the following information about you: your name, your contact details, your bank or credit card details and a record of your interactions with the Royal Society, such as correspondence about your gift.
  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
  • We or a third party engaged by us for the purpose may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
  • Details of purchases or other transactions you carry out through our site and of the fulfilment of your orders.
  • Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.
  • Any other personal data you choose to provide to us from time to time or that you post on our sites.
  • Personal data provided to us by third parties in accordance with the law.
  • Personal data in the form of nomination forms relating to nominees and nominators. This data will be used for the purpose of selection for awards, by the relevant award committee, and will be retained for the duration of consideration, as specified for the award.
  • As part of our fundraising activities, we may contact individuals who have expressed an interest in supporting the Society’s activities.

Attending our events

Photography may be taken at our events. By attending you consent to your image being used for future communications both on and off line by the Royal Society to promote our work.

Filming may take place at some of our events. By attending you consent to be included in the filming which may be used digitally by the Royal Society to promote our work.

IP addresses

We may sometimes collect information about the computer or device you use to access our sites, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration.

On and its subdomains, access to subscription content is provided based on IP address. We will collect and use your computer's IP address to ensure you have the access rights to which you are entitled as part of an institutional subscription and to monitor or control access in accordance with your or your organisation's relevant subscription. Individual users are personally not identified in this process, only their computer or device.

In some instances we may report aggregate information to third parties we engage for particular purposes. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify you or any individual personally.


We use cookies on this site. Information about the cookies we use is available in our Cookie Policy.

Where we store your personal data

The personal data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA") including the United States.

Some countries outside the EEA (including the United States) do not have laws that protect your personal data to the same standards as in the United Kingdom. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff or suppliers may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services (such as IT or webhosting). By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing outside the EEA. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.


All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using SSL technology and any credit, debit card or payment details you submit online will be processed and held by our third party payment processors, RBS WorldPay and RSM. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using SSL technology and any credit, debit card or payment details you submit online will be processed and held by our third party payment processor, RBS WorldPay. We do not hold credit or debit card data ourselves.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do what we reasonably can to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site and any such transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use appropriate procedures and security features to try to protect your personal data against unauthorised or unlawful access or accidental loss, destruction or damage.

Uses made of the information

We use personal data held about you in the following ways:

  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us (for example, our newsletters) or which we feel may interest you. This may be by post, email or other electronic means where you have expressly consented to be contacted for such purposes, or if you have purchased goods or services from us previously, we may contact you with information about similar goods or services that may be of interest.
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
  • To notify you about changes to any service we have contracted to provide you with.
  • To detect and reduce fraud and credit risk, as well as to protect the reputation of the Royal Society.
  • For any statutory reporting requirements for example for the purposes of claiming gift aid on your donation if you have completed a gift aid form.
  • If you support the Royal Society financially, from time to time we may analyse your information to assess whether the Society could interact with you in a more suitable way. We may use publicly available information including social media (where your settings allow it) to understand you further and to ensure that our requests for support are relevant and appropriate to you. The information from these sources may be combined with information that you provide to us directly.

We will not pass your information on to third parties other than our contractors, suppliers or agents who we use to provide services that you have requested or who help us provide those services. We do not sell or rent your personal data to third parties and shall only permit selected third parties to use your data, if you have consented to this either through this Privacy Policy or by other means.

If you do not want us to pass your personal data on in this way, please let us know.

Disclosure of your information

We may disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • In the event that our organisation merges, transfers its assets or is acquired in which case your personal data may be one of the merged, transferred or acquired assets.
  • If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to establish, defend or enforce our legal rights or to protect the rights, property, or safety of The Royal Society, our customers or others with whom we interact. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction or the police or regulatory authorities.

Your rights

Under the Data Protection Act, you have certain rights such as the right to ask us to stop using your personal data to send you marketing or fundraising materials. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us by mail or e-mail to the contact addresses below.

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to other, third party websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies or how your data is used by these third parties. Please check the relevant policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Access to information

The Data Protection Act gives you certain rights to be told about the personal data we hold about you. If you wish to make such a request, please contact us (at the address below). Please note that before we can respond to your request, we may ask for a fee of £10 to meet our administration costs and may also ask you for further information to verify your identity.

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our Privacy Policy in the future will be posted on this page and you should check this page regularly to make sure that you have seen the latest version.


Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to Corporate Communications Manager

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

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