Talking science

Discussions and reflections on a diverse range of science topics from a range of contributors including event speakers, film-makers, audience members and Ri staff.

Symmetry, immunity and attraction

Posted by
Deborah Waller
Date posted
27.02.2014

What links our likelihood to reject a tissue transplant and how attractive we find somebody's face? Can we sniff out a potential partner? Deborah Waller takes a look at the fascinating world of the compatibility gene.

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Wallace and the World of Life

Posted by
Kate Whittington
Date posted
11.02.2014
Illustration of Wallace's Fruit-Dove by Joseph Wolf

In 1909 Alfred Russel Wallace, the lesser-known co-founder of the theory of evolution by natural selection, gave his final public lecture - a Friday Evening Discourse at the Ri.

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Learning, lectures... and a lot of liquid nitrogen

Posted by
Katherine McAlpine
Date posted
17.01.2014

Schools Account Coordinator, Katherine McAlpine, reflects on her time at the Ri

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What's the real catalyst for a revolution in science teaching?

Posted by
Gail Cardew
Date posted
26.11.2013

As Ofsted calls for science education to be more 'curiosity-led', Gail Cardew asks if the answer might already exist in every classroom.

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Do science lectures work?

Posted by
Dr Nathalia Gjersoe
Date posted
25.11.2013
Bruce Hood, Human Brain

Scientists go to great lengths to make their public lectures engaging and enjoyable, but how much does the audience actually learn and how long do they remember it for?

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A night at the theatre of science

Posted by
Stephen Curry
Date posted
04.11.2013
Stephen Curry

The Friday Evening Discourses at the Royal Institution have been combining science and theatre for over 150 years and still have the capacity to enthrall audiences and terrify speakers

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Behind the scenes at the 2013 L'Oréal Young Scientist of the Year competition

Posted by
Anna Stevenson
Date posted
04.10.2013
L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre, Young Scientist of the Year

Anna Stevenson, a student at St Paul's Girls School in London describes what it was like to compete in this year's L'Oréal Young Scientist competition.

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Curating Mind Games: Psychology in the Modern World

Posted by
Claudia Hammond
Date posted
23.09.2013
Lights of ideas

Listen to Claudia Hammond's recent Ri events and discover the inspiration behind her curated series.

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Towards a genuine conversation of ideas

Posted by
Howard Burton
Date posted
24.07.2013
Lightbulbs, B Tal Flickr

Howard Burton from the Ideas Roadshow asks how we can use video to foster a genuine exchange of different ideas.

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Dan Clifton: Directing science on screen

Posted by
Dan Clifton
Date posted
28.01.2013
Screenshot from Patient 39 - man with head wrapped in bandages

Director and writer Dan Clifton on his new project, Patient 39, and how the human stories behind science inform his work.

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