Scientific meetings

Bringing together scientists from around the world to present and discuss new research in all areas of science.

Scientific Meetings

The Royal Society hosts a programme of scientific meetings each year.

Each meeting is organised by leaders in the field, using their expertise to ensure the key topics are covered. The focus on discussion throughout the meeting allows everyone, at any stage of their scientific career, to get involved in the conversation.

The Royal Society scientific programme offers a unique opportunity for you to present an international, two-day conference in your field, with the chance for publication in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society following the event. Responding to the needs of the scientific community through an open call, proposing a Royal Society scientific meeting will allow you to influence the agenda in your area.

Reasons to hold your meeting as part of the Royal Society scientific programme

  • Proposing a Royal Society scientific meeting will allow you to influence the agenda in your area
  • Attracting researchers from across the world, and at all levels of their career, these meetings allow you to assemble all those working at the cutting-edge of your field
  • Choose from a Discussion Meeting at a large, central London location ideal for interdisciplinary meetings addressing the big questions in your field, or a Theo Murphy international scientific meeting at a smaller, residential setting in North Buckinghamshire, designed for more intimate discussions.

Proposals are invited from any UK-based researcher and, if successful, you will be the scientific organiser for the meeting. Details of past meetings are available here, please bear in the mind that a meeting area recently covered would only be likely to be selected if significant progress has been made in the area since the original meeting.

The call for proposals is now closed.

The next call for proposals will launch on Monday 6 July and will invite proposals for meetings to be held from November 2016 - March 2017

What do you do?

  • Provide the scientific theme and develop the content of the meeting
  • Act as editor (if required) for the volume of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society published following the meeting
  • Advise on suitable routes for publicising the meeting and dealing with interest from the media

What does the Royal Society do?

  • Promotes the meeting to the relevant communities as well as to the media 
  • Provides logistical support, materials for the meeting and full on-site support throughout – allowing the organisers to concentrate on the content
  • Publishes a volume of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society dedicated to each Discussion Meeting
  • Considers the publication of a volume of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society dedicated to each Theo Murphy international scientific meeting
  • Contributes to travel and expenses for organisers, speakers and chairs
  • Provides the venue, facilities and catering

Making a proposal

The call for proposals is currently closed.

A new call will open on Monday 6 July 2015, inviting proposals for meetings to be held from November 2016 - March 2017.

If you wish, you may download the proposal form for a Discussion Meeting or for a Theo Murphy international scientific meeting for consideration in advance of this call.

For further information on making a proposal download the FAQ and guidelines (PDF).

If you have any queries please email:

Recent testimonials from organisers

It was a very pleasant environment permitting a relaxed meeting. Having plenty of time for discussion was much appreciated by the participants.
Professor Paul O'Brien, University of Leicester, Organiser of New windows on transients across the Universe discussion meeting, 2012

[the meeting was] a real landmark in progress forward. One we will all remember.
Professor Bill Martin, Heinrich Heine University, Organiser of Energy transduction and genome function - an evolutionary synthesis discussion meeting, 2012

The application process was uncomplicated and straightforward, and after acceptance we were given complete creative freedom in how to organise our meeting to make it an intense, interesting and interactive experience.
Dr Rafael Edgardo Carazo Salas, University of Cambridge, Organiser of Cell polarity in the Systems Medicine era: the next 10 years satellite meeting, 2013