Gift ideas for science lovers

Are you in search for the perfect gift for a loved one? Do they have a passion for science? You are in the right place!

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Gift ideas

You've come to the right place if you want to give the gift of science to a friend or family member this year. We have gift options for all ages and budgets. We would also be happy to put together any combination of gifts in a special package which can be collected from the Ri.

Ri Membership – £39 for ages 18 – 26 and £75 for ages 26+

Our members are at the heart of the Ri and their support is vital in helping us deliver our mission to harness science for the maximum benefit of society. By becoming an Ri Member, you will join a community of like-minded people who share a curiosity and passion for science. Member benefits include free tickets for our Discourses and half-price tickets for Ri talks. Please visit the Ri Member page for more information.

Ri Members at all levels also benefit from our exclusive deals and offers, including a 35% discount on annual subscriptions to the New Scientist magazine. We also regularly team up with other cultural organisations to help you maximise the value of your membership. Recent collaborations include the Science Museum, Royal Court Theatre and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ri Young Membership – £29

Our family events are perfect for budding scientists who want to meet new and inquisitive friends, watch explosive demonstrations and get stuck in with hands-on experiments. We’ll also send activities in the post to try at home, a free gift and special enewsletters.

All Ri Young Members are eligible for free tickets to Family Fun Days, half price tickets to all other Ri talks throughout the year and discounts on our interactive workshops. Please visit the Ri Young Member page for more information.

Ri Young Membership is available for anyone aged 17 and under.

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene takes us on a quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. 

Ri Members and Patrons receive a 25% discount and free postage on a forthcoming paperback release by Vintage Books.

13 Journeys Through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution – £12.99

This special book by Colin Stuart, with a foreword from British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, brings to life 13 of the most captivating CHRISTMAS LECTURES on the themes of space and time.

Packed full of Ri archive content such as handwritten letters, photographs and transcripts, the book explores what we thought we knew then and what has been discovered since.

Ri Members and Patrons can buy the book with a 50% discount for only £6.50 from the Ri Gift Shop.

Ticket vouchers for Ri talks – £7

When buying Ri Membership as a gift or if you already have an Ri Member in your family, you can now purchase ticket vouchers for events in multiples of £7. Members get half price (£7) tickets to all Ri talks* throughout the year, with the exception of Discourses which are free to members. This means that you can purchase event ticket vouchers in multiples of £7 either for someone who is already a member or when buying gift membership as a present. Ticket vouchers can only be purchased from the Ri Membership team by calling +44(0)20 7491 6588 from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm.


*Except for CHRISTMAS LECTURES tickets which are allocated via a ballot. Please note that the ballot for the 2017 CHRISTMAS LECTURES tickets is not open yet.

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