The latest news from the Learned Society of Wales

Fellow’s Profile 3: Professor Ann Parry Owen

Professor Ann Parry Owen specialises in the Welsh language, grammar, and poetry of the Middle Ages, especially the period 1100–1500. She was inspired to enter into this field, she says, by “a rather obsessive interest in medieval Welsh language and literature – which started when I won a £9 book on a Welsh TV... Read More

Fellow’s Profile 2: Mrs Sally Roberts Jones

Sally Roberts Jones is a poet, biographer, critic, historian and bibliographer. For as long as she can remember she has “always written stories, poems, and playlets”. Born in London, but with a Welsh father, she has spent most of her life in Wales, initially in the north, where she studied at the University College... Read More

Medals 2019

The medals of the Learned Society of Wales were awarded last night at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff in a ceremony celebrating achievement in academia. The medals recognise outstanding contributions in research and scholarship. They are a celebration of the achievements of both the individuals... Read More

Fellow’s Profile 1: Dr Helen Ougham

For some people, ‘retirement’ is just a chance to do more work. Whilst nominally retired, Dr Helen Ougham hasn’t slowed down. In fact, Dr Ougham is still an active researcher and educator and continues to write, edit and review scientific publications. An expert in plant growth and development, with a particul... Read More

Social Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present – Event Report

WISERD hosted an evening lecture and one-day symposium at Cardiff University this week. The event was organised jointly with the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Learned Society of Wales, and the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. Social Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present examined the development of ... Read More

Learned Society of Wales welcomes 48 New Fellows

Forty-eight individuals have joined us at the Learned Society of Wales as newly elected Fellows. Our new Fellows have contributed to the world of learning as researchers, academics, and professionals – and all come with a strong connection to Wales. As Wales’ National Academy, at the Learned Society of Wales we... Read More

Contributing to Wales’s International Strategy

The Learned Society and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs have produced a set of recommendations and reflections for the Welsh Government’s emerging International Strategy. Responding to an invitation from the Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, we convened representatives of Wales’s ... Read More

ALLEA, EUA and Science Europa statement

The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), the European University Association (EUA) and Science Europe issued a joint statement on 10 April on the urgent need to back commitments to academic freedom and university autonomy with solid actions. At the Learned Society of Wales we’re com... Read More

Three Academies call for UK Government engagement with devolved nations

The Learned Society of Wales, Royal Society of Edinburgh and Royal Irish Academy are the national academies for Wales, Scotland and the island of Ireland respectively. The three societies, who represent and champion research, learning and useful knowledge have come together to express their common interest in a lett... Read More

Trust in Science in a Digital World – ALLEA publication

This week, ALLEA published two discussion papers in their series on Trust in Science. The first considers the  loss of trust in science and expertise.  The paper reflects on some specific approaches that academic research can adopt towards the common goal of producing reliable, reproducible and trustworthy scie... Read More