International Women in Science Conference
Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. Its mission is to expand knowledge and further the role of science and engineering in making the world a better place.
The Society aspires to play a major role in ensuring that the UK retains its position as one of the world's leading scientific nations, that scientific knowledge is used for the maximum benefit of the planet and its people, and that the wider scientific community embraces the opportunity to engage actively in public life.
The Society's backbone is its Fellowship which comprises 1400 outstanding individuals from all areas of science, engineering and medicine who form a global scientific network of the highest calibre. Also vital to the Society's work is its research fellowship which includes more than 350 of the brightest young scientists working in the UK today.
In preparation for its 350th anniversary in 2010, the Society has set out five strategic priorities around which it is focusing its work in helping science to flourish:
- Invest in scientific excellence to create tomorrow's leaders
- Influence policymaking with the best scientific advice
- Invigorate science and mathematics education
- Increase access to the best science internationally
- Inspire an interest in the joy, wonder and fulfillment of scientific discovery
Three key elements underpin the Society's investment in scientific excellence:
- Long term support for individual careers via flexible fellowship schemes
- Elite but not exclusive - ensuring accessibility of schemes
- Nurture and professional development