Ri Patron events

These exciting events are open to Ri Patrons only. Read more about supporting the Ri through patronage.

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About Ri Patron events

Ri Patron events bring together leading thinkers from across the disciplines to explore a diverse range of cutting-edge topics in depth. From science and economics to maths and philosophy, you will hear from world-leading experts and get the chance to join a network of likeminded individuals in a relaxed atmosphere, to debate and discuss the latest discoveries, technologies and ideas.

Ri Patrons are a philanthropically motivated group of individuals who wish to engage more deeply with the big questions of science and society. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds including research, finance and policy and are invited to help shape the direction of their events through regular staff contact.


If you would like to find out more about these events or becoming an Ri Patron please contact Catriona Sinclair, Individual Giving Manager, at patrons@ri.ac.uk.

Upcoming events

10 May 2017

The science of design in biology and robotics

A discussion of the increasingly connected fields of science and design, this event will feature Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg's multi-disciplinary work in synthetic biology and a talk from Mirko Kovac about how nature is influencing the design of aerial robots.

7 June 2017

Screens and smart phones: Technologies for exploring the world

Elizabeth White, producer of BBC's Planet Earth II and Frozen Planet joins WIRED Audi Innovation Award winners what3words to discuss how we explore and understand the world, and the technologies that have enabled us to do so.

 6 July 2017

ExpeRience: Midsummer night of science*

Ri Members and Patrons are invited to a special adults-only evening of hands-on activities and a lecture to celebrate the science of one of Shakespeare's most treasured comedies.

Meet other Ri Supporters, enjoy a drink and explore our most exciting demos and experiments from our Science in Schools programme, the L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre and the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

6 September 2017

Drug testing and ethics in sport

As athletic competition becomes ever fiercer, professionals working in sport law and pharmaceutical toxicology will join us on a panel discussing the legal, ethical and scientific implications of drug and hormone testing in athletes.

2 November 2017

Unlikely partners in crime: Forensic science and technology

From forensic geology to plant science to artificial intelligence, leading experts will reveal fascinating stories from the field and the science they call upon to solve the most challenging crimes.

7 December 2017

Plan Z: Science for the end of the world

What role does science have to play in our ultimate contingency plans? Dr Nick Goldman will reveal how the European Bioinformatics Institute is preparing for the future by storing information in DNA.


*Please note this event is for over 18s only.

Booking information

All events start at 7.00pm, unless otherwise stated, with a drinks reception. Please follow the link through to the event's page for additional timings.

To book your place at one of our Ri Patron events please email patrons@ri.ac.uk or call +44 (0)20 7670 2950