Summer is here!

The summer is normally a time for getting out and about.  This year we are having to be a bit more careful.  Keep in touch by checking with the various sections for proposed activities and excursions.


About PSNS TodayA Society for All

PSNS is one of the oldest Scientific Societies in Scotland. It has always been, and remains today, a ‘Society for All’. It consists of a ‘Parent Body’ as its primary membership with currently four activity groups (or Sections) covering the topics of Botany, Ornithology, Archaeology and History and Photography. Each Section organizes its own series of activities in the summer and talks in the winter. You can find the programmes listed on this site.

Curious Minds

PSNS also runs a series of public lectures on Friday evenings from October to March in partnership with Culture Perth and Kinross. The talks, called ‘Curious Minds‘, explore the theme of Contemporary Science in Scotland. We invite speakers from Universities and other Research Institutions to come along and tell us about their work – with no jargon and no complicated equations. We have enjoyed very successful seasons with talks ranging from mud houses in Errol through the physiology of seals to the Higgs boson and theories of Consciousness. As one of our guests said “It’s like going to the gym – for your brain”. We are currently developing the talks programme for the 2021/22 winter season.

2020/21 Mini-Curious Minds Talks:

Over the Winter and Spring PSNS ran a short series of talks on a variety of topics of local interest. Many of these were presented by our very own home-grown experts and enthusiasts within the Society.

The talks started on 19th February and ran until 16th April. Videos of these are available here.

Latest Posts:

40 Years of Change and A Year of Covid – Share Your Thoughts Click here

Share your thoughts on the last 40 years of change and how the pandemic has re-shaped your approach to the natural sciences.  Here’s How and Why from David Bowler.  All contributions  are welcome.   Click here to read some. To contribute email