The Society remains one of the few bodies in Canada or elsewhere covering the entire range of scholarship and is now organized in 3 academies: L'Académie des lettres et des sciences humaines, the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Academy of Science, which includes natural and applied sciences and engineering. Election as a Fellow remains a prized professional honour, shared in 1998 by some 1600 Canadians. The Society also rewards outstanding achievements and distinguished lifetime accomplishments in the humanities, basic and applied sciences and in public education, by awarding a score of medals and prizes. In its early years it urged the creation of many now-existing national museums and scientific and cultural institutions. With the formation of many LEARNED and Scientific Societies in specific disciplines it has given increasing attention to complex issues in health, environmental and social concerns requiring a broad, multi-disciplinary approach.
Annual meetings since 1882 have been augmented in the last 40 years by national and international symposia, workshops and regional meetings held in centres across Canada and, since 1980, by a program of projects and commissions on important topics of the day. The results have generally been published in its Transactions, or in books and reports. Internationally, ties to national academies in other countries have grown through a series of bilateral agreements for scholarly exchanges and by leading Canadian contributions to international programs, notably on environmental and social topics.
Author MICHAEL R. DENCE
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Experience the history of Canadian science and medicine in this exhibit that traces Canada's technological progress from 1535 to the present. From the Museum of Health Care and the Virtual Museum.
RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada
The national academy is dedicated to the promotion of exceptional learning, research, and achievements in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Check out the "RSC Awards" for brief profiles of distinguished Canadain academics.