Royal Aeronautical Society

Who are we?

As the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, we exist to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world.

Established in 1866, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace, seeking to promote the highest professional standards and provide a central forum for sharing knowledge.

In 1940, the RAeS responded to the wartime need to expand the aircraft industry. The Society established a Technical Department to bring together the best available knowledge and present it in an authoritative and accessible form - this technical department became known as the Engineering Sciences Data Unit (ESDU) and eventually became a separate entity in the 1980s.

In 2016, the Society celebrated its 150th anniversary and now has over 22,500 members becoming an international, multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community.

Student Membership at the RAeS

The Royal Aeronautical Society offers free membership to students who are in full time education and who are intending to follow a career in aerospace.

Free membership is available for the duration of your course and gives you the benefit of online access to our monthly magazine, AEROSPACE.

Other benefits

  • Free attendance to over 400 lectures and events worldwide and often at a branch or Division near you
  • Free 1-2-1 careers guidance for UK-based students
  • Support towards professional registration (EngTech, IEng and CEng) with Engineering Council
  • Get involved with our Young Persons Network which has over 8,000 like-minded young professionals worldwide
  • Access to Scholarship Schemes such as the Centennial Scholarship Fund
  • Use of our internationally renowned National Aerospace Library
  • FREE places at RAeS Conferences (subject to availability)
  • Access to the Members' area of the Society's website where you can update your contact details

At the end of your studies, you will automatically be invited to upgrade to e-Associate of the Society.

How can I apply?

Apply online by providing us with details of your current studies. Once we receive and process your application for student membership, you will receive an email confirming your membership.

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