Our projects are led by working groups of Fellows and other experts, including economists and social scientists. The Council of the Royal Society reviews our major reports.

You can find our policy projects related to education here.

Current projects

Cybersecurity research: a vision for the UK

A project which aims to inform policymaking about cybersecurity research in the UK.

Doctoral students’ career expectations: principles and responsibilities

A set of principles and responsibilities for students, supervisory teams, careers and training services and HEIs, to help ensure that PhD students’ career expectations are clearly understood and managed.

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)

Assessing the implications of advances in science and technology for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

The Royal Society, in partnership with the US National Research Council and Polish Academy of Sciences, is leading work for the IAP Biosecurity Working Group to assist the State Parties in preparing for the 8th BTWC Review Conference in December 2016.

Resilience to extreme weather

Resilience to extreme weather

The project is examining human resilience to weather- and climate-related extreme events and considering measures that can be taken to protect lives and livelihoods.

Leading the Way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce

A project to investigate ways to remove barriers to entry and progression to the scientific workforce, which focuses on gender, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic status.

Observing the Earth - Expert views on environmental observation for the UK

Observing the Earth - Expert views on environmental observation for the UK

This report contains the considered thoughts of a select group of experts informed by consultation with key stakeholders to give an overview of environmental observation in the UK.

Vision for science and mathematics education

An ambitious project to set out a vision for how the UK can develop an inspiring and high performing science and mathematics education system over the next 15-20 years.

Past projects

The following projects are recently completed.

The Atlas of Islamic-World Science and Innovation

This landmark study explores the changing landscape of science and innovation across a diverse selection of countries with large Muslim populations in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Brain Waves

This project investigated developments in neuroscience and their implications for society and public policy.

Human enhancement

This joint project between the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society is looking at the implications of human enhancement technologies for the future of work.

Knowledge, networks and nations

This study provided an overview of the global scientific landscape in 2011. The aims were to map and analyse where, why and by whom science is being carried out around the world and to understand how this is changing and what the implications of these developments are for global decision makers in science, business, NGOs and government.

Nuclear non-proliferation

This project focuses on best practices for the management of spent fuel, including interim storage, geological disposal, and reuse.

People and the planet

This project is a major study investigating the relationship between changes in population size, distribution and age structure, consumption and the implications for human wellbeing.

Science as an open enterprise

This project is a major study on the use of scientific information as it affects scientists and society. It aims to identify the principles, opportunities and problems of sharing and disclosing scientific information and asks how scientific information should be managed to support innovative and productive research that reflects public values.

Shale gas extraction

This short review is examining the major risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking'.

Solar radiation management governance

The Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) aims to ensure that any geoengineering research that goes ahead – inside or outside the laboratory - is conducted in a manner that is responsible, transparent and environmentally sound.

Synthetic biology

This project is exploring research that involves the design and construction of novel artificial biological pathways, organisms and devices or the redesign of existing natural biological systems.

Policy initiatives

Pairing Scheme
A scheme that builds bridges between parliamentarians, civil servants and some of the best research scientists in the UK.

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

Royal Society Pfizer African Academies Programme
A programme of training, mentoring and project support to develop and strengthen national science academies in Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

The Sackler Forum
Every year, UK and US scientists work together on topics of worldwide scientific concern, jointly organised by the Royal Society and the National Academy of Sciences.