The latest news and updates from across the Royal Institution.

Royal Institution sets out ambitious growth in education outreach


The Royal Institution intends to deliver 250 science shows in schools across the UK over the next 12 months and will nearly double its STEM education grants.

Autumn events 2018


Our exciting programme of events from September to December is now open for booking. Don't miss out!

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Royal Institution launches new five year strategy


The Royal Institution has launched its new five year strategy which includes plans for new research, development of a new national science club and open forum public policy debates.

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Royal Institution Summer Schools ranked as top summer camp


Our Summer Schools programme chosen as a top pick by Tutorful, based on recommendations from parents and students around the country.

George Porter delivering the 1976 CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Past series of the iconic CHRISTMAS LECTURES available for new generations


The BBC archive of the first science show to be broadcast on UK national television is being made available again for new generations from today.

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New photography exhibition at the Ri


Anne Purkiss showcases female scientists that have presented their research at the Ri.

Image of a distant galaxy in space

Summer events 2018


Our exciting programme of events from May to August is now open for booking. Don't miss out!

Royal Institution Science in Schools Programme

Royal Institution reports operating surplus and record annual attendance


The number of people engaging with science through Royal Institution programmes rose significantly last year, according to its 2017 Annual Review.

Royal Institution announces Dr Shaun Fitzgerald FREng as its new Director


The Royal Institution of Great Britain (Ri) has today announced the appointment of Dr Shaun Fitzgerald FREng as its new Director.

Spring 2018 events


Our exciting programme of events from January to April is now open for booking. Don't miss out!

Our 2017 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters


Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'The language of life' possible.

Merscov particles. Credit NiAID

British technology leading the fight against the global threat of infectious diseases


The best of British technology is unveiled at the Royal Institution today, when we join with Imperial College London to host a summit on the international fight against the spread of infectious diseases

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New partnership to enrich and enhance STEM teaching


Today we are announcing an exciting new partnership with STEM Learning, to take the STEM Directory to brand new audiences across the UK.

The Royal Institution (Ri) confirms the departure of its Director, Professor Sarah Harper


The Royal Institution of Great Britain (Ri) has today confirmed that Professor Sarah Harper has resigned her position as Director of the Ri and has left the organisation.

Explore the universe with Ri Talks

Autumn 2017 events


Our exciting programme of events from September to December is now open for booking. Don't miss out!

Royal Institution announces new Board appointments


The Royal Institution of Great Britain (Ri) has today announced three new appointments to its Board of Trustees.

The Royal Institution at the Cheltenham Science Festival


At the 2017 Cheltenham Science Festival, Director of the Royal Institution Professor Sarah Harper, highlights the challenges to society arising from unprecedented changes in the global population.

What is 'old age'? Sarah Harper speaks at Hay Festival


The Royal Institution’s Director, Professor Sarah Harper, raises important questions about ageing and society at this year's Hay Festival.

The Ri joins science bodies in seeking clarification of 'purdah'


The Royal Institution, along with other national science bodies, has written to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, requesting clarification of purdah rules for scientists.

Ri Trustees appoint Professor Sarah Harper as Director


The Trustees of the Royal Institution (Ri) have appointed Professor Sarah Harper to lead the organisation as its Director.

New Baylab launches in association with the Royal Institution


The Royal Institution has worked with Bayer to develop hands-on workshops for the Baylab facility in Reading.

New ExpeRimental science films explore the world of psychology


Supported by the British Psychological Society, the Royal Institution launches the third series of its popular home science films.

Alison Woollard

2019: Celebrating genetics


Announcing our new partnership with the Genetics Society.

Summer 2017 events


Our exciting programme of events from May to August is now open for booking. Don't miss out!

Get your #sciart featured on the next What's on guide!


Have a great image linking science and art? Now is your chance to have it featured on the cover of our What's on guide.

Ten journals of John Tyndall newly identified at the Royal Institution


Ten previously unattributed notebooks in the Royal Institution’s archive have now been identified as written by the physicist John Tyndall (c1822–1893).

Christmas Lecturers past reunite for the 80th anniversary CHRISTMAS LECTURES


The 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES marks 80 years of television history since its first BBC broadcast on 22 December 1936, making it the world’s oldest televised science series.

Spring 2017 events


Our exciting programme of events from January to April is now open for booking. Don't miss out!

New leadership of the Ri


Chris Rofe, Chief Executive of the Ri, steps down after eight years of success in expanding the charity’s global reach, building a loyal community of supporters and securing a strong financial position for future growth.

Thank you to Her Majesty The Queen


Her Majesty The Queen steps down as our Royal Patron after 64 years of dedicated service to the Royal Institution.

Lloyd's Register Foundation


Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Royal Institution to work together in recognition of more than two centuries of shared heritage and a commitment to inspiring young people with the wonders and applications of science.

Our 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters


Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'Supercharged: Fuelling the future' possible.

CHRISTMAS LECTURES competition for schools

Thanks to generous donations, the Royal Institution is able to offer an exciting opportunity for one child and their parent to come to the 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Ri Science podcast


The Royal Institution has launched a new podcast featuring thought-provoking lectures from the world’s sharpest minds.

Video series brings particle accelerators to life


The Royal Institution teams up with the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Dr Suzie Sheehy to explore the wide world of particle accelerators in a film series: 'Accelerators for humanity'.

2016 Science Writing Competition winners announced


Read the winning entries on ‘The next big thing in science’.

'How to hack your home' CHRISTMAS LECTURES on tour


The Royal Institution and the Royal Academy of Engineering are taking the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on the road with the launch of a tour of 'How to hack your home'.

CHRISTMAS LECTURES to celebrate the past, present and future of energy


Saiful Islam will present the 2016 series marking 80 years of television history since its first BBC broadcast in 1936, making it the world’s oldest science series.

Enrichment grants help disadvantaged students access STEM subjects


Every year the Ri awards £35,000 in STEM enrichment grants to disadvantaged UK schools

Autumn events 2016


Our exciting programme of events from September to December is now open for booking. Don't miss out!

UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre wins national award


Our education partners at the University of Central Lancashire win the Best Community Engagement Campaign category at the Heist Awards for Education Marketing.

Faraday’s notebooks inscribed on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register


The Royal Institution’s collection of Michael Faraday’s laboratory notebooks have been inscribed on to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register.

L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre takes hands-on science to Bognor Regis


A team from the L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre ran a series of workshops at the Butlins Astonishing Science Weekend in Bognor Regis.

Summer events 2016


Our diverse programme of events from May to August are now open for booking. Don't miss out!

Exterior of the Ri's building on 21 Albemarle Street

A statement from the Chairman


A statement from Sir Richard Sykes FRS, Chairman of the Royal Institution regarding the charity’s financial position.

Lady Justice.  Credit Jason Rosenberg via Flickr

Join leading voices from science, culture and society at the Royal Institution this spring


Bonnie Greer and Hugh Montgomery discuss how the concept of responsibility informs their work, and Ian McEwan examines the notion of self in the March Discourse.

Astrology lectures at the Ri? Not quite... Happy April Fools!


This was just a seasonal ruse! Don't worry,
Professor Michael de Crespigny is not delivering lectures on ‘Decoding the stars: A new look on astrology’!

Schools' video hangout with NASA


UK students have the chance to take part in a video call alongside US schools and pose their questions to Christmas Lecturer Kevin Fong and experts from NASA on the subject of the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES:
'How to survive in space'.

New exhibition: Research as Art 2015 winners


Come and see the winning images from the 2015 Research as Art competition in this free exhibition in our Atrium.

Watch a space-walk LIVE!


Your chance to watch a space-walk LIVE from the Ri theatre as part of the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES. Sign up for Monday 21 December now.

Spring events 2016


Public events from January to April are now available to explore and book - don't miss out!

Our 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters


Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'How to survive in space' possible.

'A Place Called Space'


The Ri Channel have launched their fourth advent calendar 'A Place Called Space' to tie in with this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Braggs' autobiographies available now


The combined autobiographies of the Royal Institution's first director, Sir William Lawrence Bragg and his wife Alice Bragg are now available in a wonderful edition, entitled 'Crystal Clear' for Bragg's achievements in crystallography.

CHRISTMAS LECTURES competition for schools


Thanks to generous donations the Royal Institution is able to offer exciting opportunities for two children and accompanying adults to attend the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Portraits of photosynthesis


See the new exhibition by Odra Noel in our atrium from 26 October 2015.

Statement from the Chairman


A statement from Sir Richard Sykes FRS, Chairman of the Royal Institution, regarding the charity’s plans to remove its outstanding debt.

Kevin Fong

2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES set to rocket into space!


Space medicine expert and emergency doctor Kevin Fong, supported by the astronauts of the International Space Station (ISS), will present the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES ‘How to survive in space’.

Autumn programme released!


Public events from September to November are now available to explore and book

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Improving mathematics with comparative judgement


The Worshipful Company of Actuaries is to hold a practical workshop for mathematics teachers at the Ri at 5.30pm, 12 October 2015.

Gail filming ExpeRimental activity with daughters

Dr Gail Cardew appointed Professor of Science, Culture and Society


The Royal Institution awards Dr Gail Cardew a personal professorship in Science, Culture and Society to lead the institution’s charitable public engagement activities and champion its mission to encourage people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science.

Events for teenagers this summer


Summer 2015 sees a packed programme of events for teenagers at the Ri.

Science provides a summer survival guide


The Royal Institution launches a series of seasonal science videos that provide the blueprint for a scientifically perfect summer.

Young Scientists at the UCLan and Ri centre

New Young Scientist Centre opens


Young people across the North West of England will benefit from a groundbreaking new educational facility in Preston.

Summer programme just released!


Public events from May to August are now available to explore and book

ExpeRimental at PAH

ExpeRimental at Princess Alexandra Hospital


The children’s ward at Princess Alexandra Hospital was transformed into a fun laboratory during a visit by the Ri's ExpeRimental team.

Ri Lates: Science play for grown-ups


Get hands-on in this eclectic night where you can explore and experiment to find out answers yourself. Don't let the kids have all the fun!

Here there, now then by Zsuzsanna Ardó


A new exhibition by Zsuzsanna Ardó hosted in our atrium drawing on an expedition to the high arctic.


John Tyndall discovered the basis of global warming. Why has history forgotten him?


A major collection of the Victorian natural philosopher’s personal and professional letters to be published for the first time by the international Tyndall Correspondence Project.

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Here there, now then by Zsuzsanna Ardó


Did you miss out on our recent exhibition by Zsuzsanna Ardó? Check out this image gallery...

Young Londoners learn how engineers save lives

Young Londoners learn how engineers save lives in Masterclasses with the Royal Institution and UCL

Staff and students from the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences are inviting young people to explore, question and learn about the latest developments in engineering as well as the ethical considerations for engineers.

The 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES take over London!


A skyscraper is turned into a computer game, the BT Tower is adorned by lightbulbs and the Coventry House screen in Piccadilly is taken over by the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

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ExpeRimental – bringing science home


Our second series of science films for parents launches today with the first of 10 exciting and simple chemistry activities to do at home.

Spring programme just launched!


Our programme of public events taking place from January to April 2015 is now ready to explore and enjoy.

BBC iWonder: CHRISTMAS LECTURES interactive guides


February half term at the Ri


Get deeper into science this half term at the Ri

Danielle George

Our 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters


Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home' possible.

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Ri Channel wins European award!


The Ri Channel animation 'Celebrating Crystallography' has won a 2014 European Science TV and New Media Award.

Patients from Barts Health NHS Trust to experience the magic of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES


Special guests from The Royal London Children's Hospital will see sparks fly in this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Give the wonder of science


If you know someone who’s interested in how the world works and how to make it work better, inspire their love of science, mathematics or engineering with an Ri Gift Membership.

You Invent launch 3D printing Christmas competition


Prof Danielle George, 2014 Christmas Lecturer

2014 Christmas Lecturer to curate @RealScientists


The Royal Institution collaborates with @RealScientists, a rotational Twitter account, to connect thousands of followers around the world with the world of engineering.

Prof Danielle George

Are you a maker, hacker or creator?


We need YOU to help with the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home'

Congratulations to Prof Danielle George, 2014 Christmas Lecturer


We’re delighted to share the happy news that Danielle will be welcoming a new addition to her family in 2015.

ExpeRimental needs you!


Are you a parent, grandparent, auntie or uncle living in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland?

Science play for grown ups at the Royal Institution’s first ever Ri Lates


In autumn 2014 the Royal Institution will launch Ri Lates, an exciting new series of exciting adults-only evening events.

Bailey and his homemade cannon at The Royal London Hospital

ExpeRimental visits young patients at Barts Health NHS Trust


The Ri's ExpeRimental team visited The Royal London Children's Hospital in Whitechapel to run fun science workshops for young patients, their families and staff.

David Attenborough and Alison Woolard, CHRISTMAS LECTURERS

Digitising the CHRISTMAS LECTURES: vote for us!


The Ri’s proposal to digitise our archive of CHRISTMAS LECTURES has been nominated for the EMC Heritage Trust Project 2014. Now we need your votes to help us make happen.

Filming ExpeRimental

ExpeRimental – bringing science home


A new series of short films for parents explains how to do fun, easy and cheap science activities at home.

July 2014 cabinet reshuffle


Dr Gail Cardew, Director of Science and Education, responds to the news that David Willetts has stepped down as the Minister of State for Universities and Science.

National launch of Ri Computer Science Masterclasses


A major new partnership between the Royal Institution and Causeway Technologies Limited is set to inspire the next generation of computer scientists.

Royal Institution and L’Oréal UK & Ireland to headline at Butlin’s


The Royal Institution and L’Oreal UK & Ireland have joined forces to become headline partners for the new immersive Science Zones at Butlin’s resorts this year.

Get stuck into science this summer


Don't miss out! Many of our Ri Summer Schools have now sold out, so please book your places soon to enjoy a summer packed with hands-on science.

Royal Institution and the University of Central Lancashire to open a new Young Scientist Centre


Thousands of young people across the North West will benefit from a groundbreaking new educational facility in Preston opening in October 2014.

Dr Diane Crann receives the 2014 Rooke Award for public engagement


Dr Diane Crann has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering's prestigious Rooke Award for excellence in public engagement.

Your Life campaign


The Royal Institution has signed up to the government's Your Life campaign launched today to encourage more girls and young women to be inspired by science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

New Young Scientist Centre to launch in Lancashire in 2014


Young people in the North West can now look forward to exploring science and technology in a ground-breaking new facility, thanks to a partnership between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the Ri.

Exclusive trial offer for new Science Uncovered magazine


The Royal Institution has teamed up with the exciting new magazine Science Uncovered to run an exclusive trial offer valid until 6 June 2014.

Sean Thurston demonstrating colour chemistry in LYSC workshop

Inspiring the next generation of scientists with Generating Genius


This year the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre is teaming up with Generating Genius for the first time to inspire promising sixth-formers to pursue a career in science.

Boy at an engineering masterclass

Robotics set to bring engineering to life in new Ri Masterclass


A new robotics-themed Ri Masterclass is one of only 22 projects in the UK awarded an Ingenious grant by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Students in the LYSC

Do we value practical science?


The Ri's Director of Science and Education Gail Cardew responds to Ofqual's announcement that science practicals will no longer count towards A-level grades.

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@ri_science gets ready for #MuseumWeek 2014


The Ri will join hundreds of museums and galleries across Europe for Twitter's first ever #MuseumWeek.

Exhibitions at the Royal Institution - make a day of it


The Royal Institution is pleased to be hosting the Society of Biology's photo competition exhibition, as well as permanent exhibitions in the Faraday Museum

Peter Wothers presents the 2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURES 'The Modern Alchemist'.

'The Modern Alchemist' takes to the road in 2014


The Ri and the Royal Society of Chemistry are taking the 2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on the road with the launch of a national tour of 'The Modern Alchemist'.

Father and young girl outside the Royal Institution building

Half-term science fun at the Ri


Visit the Ri this February half-term for a series of fun and educational public events on science and maths.

Secondary school students problem-solving at an Ri Masterclass

Mathematics Masterclasses expand to inspire more students across the capital


A new three year partnership with the Company of Actuaries Charitable Trust will double the reach of our Mathematics Masterclasses for upper secondary school students in the capital.

Portrait of Ada Lovelace by Margaret Sarah Carpenter, 1836

Ri to host Ada Lovelace Day Live 2014


This year we are partnering with Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 14 October to host a live event celebrating women in science.

Sophie Scott

The Ri celebrates women in science


The Ri will celebrate women in science with its first ever all women line-up for a year of Friday Evening Discourses.

Dr Alison Woollard, 2013 presenter of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES outside the Biochemistry building in Oxford

Our 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters


Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'Life Fantastic' possible.

Close-up of the final Davy Lamp

19th century engineering meets 21st century digital technology


The Ri launches first ever e-book of original Davy Lamp manuscripts

Close-up of different coloured pills

The Royal Institution backs the AllTrials campaign for greater transparency around clinical trials


The Ri has signed the AllTrials petition calling for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.

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The Royal Institution reveals its new online home


The Ri is delighted to relaunch its website with a brand new design and a wealth of new content.

Young male student participating in a STEM hands-on activity

Causeway Foundation supports our Enrichment & Enhancement grant schemes


The Causeway Foundation and the Ri will work together to support more children and young people from disadvantaged areas to participate in STEM activities.

Professor Brian Cox and the Doctor Who Tardis at the Royal Institution

Professor Brian Cox reveals the science behind Doctor Who at the Royal Institution


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Professor Brian Cox will reveal the secrets of our favourite Timelord in a BBC2 lecture filmed at the Royal Institution.

Young girls carrying out a chemistry experiment

The Royal Institution supports new government drive to encourage more girls into science and engineering


Dr Gail Cardew, Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution (Ri), will join a new government roundtable set up to consider how to engage, encourage and support more female students to take up STEM subjects.

Dr Alison Woollard, 2013 presenter of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES, outside the University of Oxford biochemistry department

Dr Alison Woollard explores the frontiers of developmental biology in the 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES


Dr Alison Woollard from the University of Oxford will present the demonstration packed, three-part series called Life Fantastic which will air on BBC Four this Christmas.

Results of the 2013 Election to the Board of Trustees


Prof Lord Robert Winston, Prof Christopher Bishop and Prof Julia Buckingham have all been successfully re-elected to the Board of Trustees.

BBC presenter Simon Mayo

Simon Mayo launches Royal Institution summer events programme


One of Britain’s best-loved BBC presenters Simon Mayo will open the Royal Institution’s summer events programme on 18 May.

The exterior of the Royal Institution (Ri) building in Mayfair, London

Royal Institution receives £4.4 million donation


Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of the Royal Institution announced last night that the Ri has received a £4.4 million donation.

The exterior of the Royal Institution (Ri) building in Mayfair, London

Building a sustainable future for the Royal Institution


An update on the Royal Institution’s financial situation and future plans.

The exterior of the Royal Institution (Ri) building in Mayfair, London

Statement from the Chairman


Sir Richard Sykes, FRS, Chairman of the Royal Institution issued a statement to Members yesterday evening thanking them for their support and suggestions over the past week.

The exterior of the Royal Institution (Ri) building in Mayfair, London

Statement from the Chairman


A statement from Sir Richard Sykes FRS, Chairman of the Royal Institution regarding the charity’s financial position.

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