This is the first in a series of posts about natural allies of Garage Science, organizations who care about the same things as us and may help us grow.
Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in existence. Its main body is its fellowship, comprising 1,450 leading scientists and engineers from the UK and the Commonwealth. Every year the Society elects 44 new fellows from about 700 candidates who have substantially contributed to scientific knowledge. New candidates are proposed by current fellows, maintaining the exceptional character of the Society.
The Royal Society is supported by endowments, by charitable contributions and by a Parliamentary Grant. The Society uses these funds to
expand the frontiers of knowledge by championing the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet.
The Royal Society’s activities focus on five priorities:
- Invest in future scientific leaders and in innovation
- Influence policy making 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 excitement of scientific discovery
Invigorating science education, increasing access to the best science, and, most importantly, inspiring an interest in scientific discovery, are exactly the things Garage Science is all about! This should not come as much of a surprise. After all, the Royal Society started as a little Science Garage, with Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins and others tinkering away at Gresham College, London in the mid-1640s. I wonder what Garage Science might look like, 350 years from now…