The 222nd Lecture Series in 2023-24

The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow was founded in 1802, when the term ‘philosophy’ meant knowledge in the broadest sense. The Society provides stimulating lectures and discussion for members on a great diversity of topics.

As the 222nd season approaches its end, and we are now planning the lectures, member trips and events for next season, beginning in September 2024.

See below for details of the exciting line-up of speakers for the rest of our current season.

If you are someone who enjoys learning about what is happening in the world around you, being introduced to new discoveries and exposed to new ideas, and are not already a member, then join us and expand your horizons! 

Membership is FREE for full-time students and the under 25’s >

Remaining Lectures for This Season

head and shoulder portrait of speaker on the 6th March 2024 Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley
6th March
Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Towards a public bioethics

head and shoulder portrait image of Professor Sian Harding speaker on the 20th March 2024
20th March
Professor Sian Harding

The exquisite machine: the new science of the heart


Recent Lectures

David Edgar >

All the world’s a play…  David is a playwright and became Britain’s first professor of playwriting, at the University of Birmingham.



Professor Hester Parr >

Why we should think about the relationship between climate change and mental health in Scotland Hester Parr is Professor of Human Geography at University of Glasgow and is an award-winning Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Academy of Social Science.



Cropped head portrait of Mr Stephen Venables a recent speaker. There is a blue sky behind him and he is wearing mountaineering sunglasses and an orange mountaineering sun glasses


Stephen Venables >

Everest East Side Story: Stephen Venables is a writer and mountaineer who was the first Briton to climb Mt Everest without the aid of supplementary oxygen.  He is a former president of the 



 Head and shoulder portrait of speaker Dr David  Rosario. A man with a trimmed beard and moustache and black spectacles

Dr David Rosario >

Back to the Beginning of Time: exploring the mysteries of star and galaxy formation with the James Webb Space Telescope Dr David Rosario is a senior lecturer in Astrophysics at Newcastle University. His research focuses on growing supermassive black holes and the galaxies that sustain them.

From Our YouTube Channel

We have many videos of previous lectures and some about the society on our YouTube channel >

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