New members FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Ri Membership.

What does the Ri Membership scheme look like?

Ri Membership offers options for people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in science to join the Ri. In addition to our membership options we are pleased to introduce a new Ri Patrons programme which will offer a range of exclusive benefits as well as closer insight into our world-class education and heritage programmes.

Ri Membership at all levels lasts for 12 months from the date of purchase or the date specified when purchasing a Gift Membership for someone else.

Ri Member - £75
Ri Membership is open to all; a concessionary rate of £39 is available for anyone aged between 18 and 26. Membership benefits include:

  • FREE tickets for our Discourses
  • Invitations to pre-Discourse drinks receptions
  • 50% discount on tickets for Ri talks*
  • Exclusive access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES ticket ballot
  • 10% discount in the Ri Café and on Ri venue hire**
  • What’s On guide delivered straight to your door three times a year
  • Voting rights and use of MRi as post-nominal letters

* Excluding CHRISTMAS LECTURES and special events
** Discount on Ri venue hire is applicable on bookings for personal use only

Ri Young Member – £29
Ri Young Membership is open to everyone aged 17 or under. Membership benefits include:

  • FREE tickets to Ri Family Fun Days
  • 50% discount on tickets for Ri talks*
  • Exclusive access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES ticket ballot**
  • Discounts on selected education workshops
  • Bespoke emails packed with experiments to try at home
  • Opportunity to write for the Young Voices blog on the Ri website
  • 10% discount in the Ri Café
  • What’s On guide delivered straight to your door three times a year

* Excluding CHRISTMAS LECTURES and special events
** Discount on Ri venue hire is applicable on bookings for personal use only

When will Direct Debit subscription payments be taken?

It may take up to six weeks to collect your payment for your subscription, depending on the date the Direct Debit arrangement has been set up. Your membership however is active from the date of purchase or the date you have specified when purchasing a gift membership.

If there is any problem with your Direct Debit arrangement, we will contact you.

When will I receive my membership number?

Your temporary membership number is sent to you in the confirmation email when purchasing a membership. You may use this for booking event tickets.

Your membership card displaying your permanent membership number is sent by second class post and should reach you in 15 working days from the date of purchase.

How can I book event tickets?

If you would like to book tickets for or attend an event and you have not yet received your membership card, don’t worry! You just need to use the temporary membership number included in your confirmation email after purchase to book events online. Our staff will then be able to validate your membership status when you arrive on the night.

We strongly advise you to book your tickets in advance as some of our more popular events can sell out fast and we don’t want to disappoint.

Can someone attend an event using my membership card?

Ri Membership at all levels is non-transferable. Only the member named on the membership card will be able to receive the benefits of membership upon presentation of the card.

Please ensure you bring proof of your membership with you when attending events.

Can I bring a guest with me to events?

You are welcome to bring along a guest. If your guest is not an Ri Member they will need to purchase a standard ticket and concessions are available.

How does gift membership work?

Gift membership is a great way to support the Ri and provide a loved one or friend with a unique gift celebrating their interest in science and the world around us. You can purchase membership for someone else online. When purchasing, you will be able to choose whether you want the gift to be sent to you or the recipient, as well as the start date of the membership. You will also receive an email with a gift certificate immediately after purchase.

Please note that the welcome pack may take up to 15 working days to arrive when sending to either the purchaser or the recipient.

Can the Ri claim Gift Aid on my membership?

We are unable to claim Gift Aid on subscriptions for Ri Membership and Ri Young Membership due to the high value of benefits provided.

You may make a philanthropic donation in addition to your membership subscription to which Gift Aid provisions apply, as a charity we are able to claim 25p on top of every £1 made as a donation to us. Similarly these provisions apply to the donation portion of of Ri Patron subscriptions.

I am interested in joining as an Ri Patron. What are the next steps?

The Ri Patrons programme provides a unique opportunity to support the Ri and our charitable activities. You can become an Ri Patron from £350 per year and receive a range of benefits such as exclusive access to an annual series of 10 engaging Ri Patrons events with speakers from a diverse range of areas. Ri Patrons will also be given the opportunity to attend the annual Faraday Dinner hosted by the Trustees of the Ri. As a charity we can claim Gift Aid on our Ri Patron subscriptions as they are spilt into a benefit and donation portion meaning we are able and to claim 25p on top of every £1 given to us as a donation.

Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to become an Ri Patron and you can join by contacting Catriona Sinclair, Individual Giving Manager at development@ri.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)20 7670 2950 Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm.

Where can I find the terms and conditions?

Read the Ri Membership terms and conditions here.