The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.

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.


Jonny Hazell

Senior Policy Adviser

Professor Sir Peter Knight

Senior Fellow in Residence, Kavli Royal Society International Centre

Dr Natasha McCarthy

Head of Policy

Louise Pakseresht

Former Senior Policy Advisor

Becky Purvis

Head of Public Affairs

Elizabeth Surkovic

Head of Policy, Resilience and Emerging Technologies

Emma Woods

Head of Policy, Wellbeing