This week, our Director, Talat Yaqoob was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has existed since 1783 and was established “for the advancement of knowledge and learning made useful”.

The RSE’s aim is to play a leading role in the development of a modern enlightenment that will enable Scotland to contribute significantly to addressing the global challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century.

The RSE, and by association its fellows, delivers its mission by:

  • Inspiring and supporting young talent through a wide-ranging programme of research grants and awards
  • engaging the public across Scotland on key contemporary issues through its outreach programme and a wide-ranging programme of public events
  • providing impartial advice and expertise to inform policy and practice through in-depth examination of major issues and providing expert comment on topical matters
  • promoting Scotland’s interests overseas through building relationships

The new intake of 64 fellows joins the current roll of around 1,600, representing the full range of physical and life sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, education, professions, industry, business and public life. Those who are nominated, and then invited to join, have undergone rigorous assessment of their achievements, professional standing and societal contribution. Fellows, who give of their time freely, play a fundamental role in enabling the RSE to deliver its mission ‘Knowledge Made Useful’, contributing to the cultural, economic and social well-being of Scotland and the wider world.

The list includes many leading academics, such as Professor Francisca Mutapi, a world-expert on global health and tropical diseases, and Professor Rosalind Allen, whose work contributions to our understanding of antibiotic resistance, but also includes a wide array of leaders from the arts, third sector, business and public life. This year 20 of 64 elected fellows are women. Over the last five years 36% of those elected have been women.

On receiving this fellowship Talat commented:

“It is an honour to be elected as a fellow and have the opportunity to be part of such an esteemed network. I admire the work of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and look forward to playing my role in its aims to engage a diverse range of people, to create a fairer society and to make Scotland a global leader in tackling social and economic challenges.”

At Equate Scotland, we have worked with the RSE on both the 2012 and 2019 “Tapping All Our Talents” report which focused on women’s representation in STEM and how we can create necessary change across education, civic society and employment.

You can read more about being a fellow in this piece by Professor Francisca Mutapi