The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.
- Partnership and convening
- Equality, diversity and Inclusion
- International and global focus
Our strategic priorities
- The Fellowship, Foreign Membership and beyond
- Research system and culture
- Science and society Corporate and governance
Read more about our priorities in our Strategic Plan for 2022-2027 (PDF).