The latest news from the Learned Society of Wales

Learned Society of Wales responds to the UK Government’s spending review

As the national academy for Wales, we welcome the UK Government’s recognition of the vital importance of research and development. The announcement in the autumn Spending Review of nearly £15 billion of R&D investment will be crucial in helping the UK recover from the current crisis. It is important that such i... Read More

Poems Unveiled to Mark Start of Language Conference

A series of poems by Welsh poets that were specially commissioned by the Learned Society of Wales are unveiled today as part of a language festival and conference that aims to explore how Wales can make the most of its unique language heritage. Nine poems were selected in response to an open brief to create poetry ... Read More

Sir John Meurig Thomas

It is with much regret that we report the death of Sir John Meurig Thomas. Sir John was renowned for his work in the science of catalysts and solid state chemistry. The production chain of many modern materials and chemicals involves catalysts — substances that speed up chemical reactions, but use less energy and... Read More

Language is a powerful tool: Wales must make the most of its multilingualism

Wales must not waste the political and cultural advantages of its bilingualism; a language festival and conference will hear later this month. This virtual international symposium will explore how Wales can make the most of its unique language heritage. It will consider how Wales can meet its wellbeing goals to cre... Read More

Lockdown Was No Barrier to these Prize-Winning Welsh School Students

A rap about nitrogen and an introduction to quantum theory that even you can understand have won a competition for Welsh school students that took place over the summer.  The Learned Society of Wales’ Learner Lockdown Challenge asked students in Years 11 and 13 to create an explainer on a... Read More

Jeremy Hooker – Selected Poems 1965-2018

The Selected Poems 1965 - 2018 of Jeremy Hooker, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of South Wales, were published this summer. This volume draws on over 50 years of poetry written by a poet who stands a little askew to the dominant modes in Britain: an Englishman in Wales, and an Englis... Read More