SCRR / RSE Peter Wilson Lecture 2024 

‘Food for thought: food security in changing times’


This prestigious annual event jointly arranged by SCRR and the Royal Society of Edinburgh took place at the RSE on 7th May 2024 and addressed global food security. Expert speakers Professor Rachel Norman FRSE of the University of Stirling,  Dr Peter Alexander of the University of Edinburgh and Dr Wu Huang of Imperial College set the scene and challenged the audience to think about the issues involved, sparking wide ranging and fascinating questions and comments from attendees.

For the first time in the event’s 19 year history, it was held both in-person and online. We were also delighted that Peter Wilson’s grandson was able to join us at the RSE for the event created in memory of the distinguished agriculturalist and former RSE general secretary, Professor

Publications Newsletter

SCRR News 102, Spring 2024

In our latest newsletter… Katie Dubarry of Roslin discusses the establishment within SCRR of a new network aimed at supporting Early Career Researchers in coping with the many challenges they face

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Publications Newsletter

SCRR News 101, Summer 2023

Dr Leslie Mabon, lecturer in environmental systems at The Open University, reports on our key annual event, the SCRR / RSE Peter Wilson Lecture, with its important theme, ‘The road ahead: rural Scotland 2098’

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Events Past events

SCRR / RSE event 2023: Back to the future – what could or should rural be in 2098

As SCRR celebrated its 75th birthday, we try to imagine the scale of change in another 75 years. What is inevitable? What is desirable? And what needs to be in place to meet the societal goals of upcoming generations in 2098?

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Early career researchers mini-conference  2023

A round table meeting focusing on early career researchers (ECRs) from several of our member institutions took place at the Royal Society of Edinburgh in May and was combined with our annual showpiece Peter Wilson event.

The aim of the session was to gather feedback from an ECR perspective on what SCRR can do to involve them further as it continues to evolve in future.

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SCRR’s 24 member organisations do research in Scotland on Scottish and globally important rural priorities – including food, farming, land use, health, climate, biodiversity, rural livelihoods and sustainable development.

Our members are active in research relating to land, freshwater, coastal and marine resources, and their uses – including farming, forestry, aquaculture and recreation.

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Future meetings

The 62nd Annual General Meeting of SCRR takes place online on November 23, 2023 at 10.30am.