What We Do


The Society runs/works in partnership on the following annual events:

  • SES Annual Conference (April)
  • Government Economic Service / SES Workshop (October)
  • SES Student-Teacher Event (November)

SES Small Grants

The Society invites applications from researchers for its Small Grants Scheme. Grants of up to £500 are available for PhD students for conference travel expenses and up to £2,000 for other projects. Please complete the application form and e-mail your inquiries and applications to grants@scotecon.org.

SES Annual Conference

The 2021 Annual Conference is planned for 26 - 28 April 2021. Due to the uncertainty around COVID-19, the 2021 conference will be held completely online. The Society welcomes contributions from all areas of Economics, Economic Policy and Econometrics from academics and practitioners regardless of sector. The Call for Papers is now closed and registration for the conference has started. Please see the conference page for details and updates.

GES Policy Forum

The traditional Scottish Government Economic Policy Forum is planned for October at the Scottish Government offices in Edinburgh.

Student-Teacher Event

Every year, the Scottish Economic Society (SES) hosts a the student-teacher event to engage high-school students in discussions about economic issues, provide insights into the work of economists and offer guidance to students interested in studying economics at the university.

In November 2020, the Scottish Economic Society held its 14th Annual Students and Teachers of Economics Conference. For the first time, the conference was held online. The conference was attended by 18 schools across Scotland, who were provided with access to series of presentations on contemporary economic topics, in addition to a panel session from group of recent economics graduates. The presenters taking part in the conference were:

  • Dr Grant Allan – Strathclyde University – What does economics say about energy
  • Geoff Crocker – Universal Basic Income and Sovereign Money
  • Professor Alistair Milne – Loughborough University - Cryptocurrency:  Is it the money of the future?

Careers and Graduate Panel Session:

  • Joshua Baxter – The Scottish Government
  • Jeppe Saarinen – Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Maria Sergeeva – London Stock Exchange