Become an Ri Patron

Our patron circles are for those who share our passion for connecting people to the world of science.

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By becoming a patron you join a valued group of supporters helping us inspire people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science.

Ri Patrons enjoy access to a wide range of benefits including free access to our 'Ri Patrons present' event series, exclusive drinks receptions, behind-the-scenes access and the opportunity to attend our Faraday Dinner.

Patronage has been at the heart of the Ri from our inception. We were founded in 1799 as an independent charity on the philanthropy of 58 patrons. Through our patrons’ generosity we have inspired generations of scientists and have been the home of discoveries which have helped shape our modern world.

Today, the support of our Ri Patrons, allows us to expand and grow this remarkable legacy. Your financial support will enable us to place science firmly at the centre of society and deliver our public programmes, as well as our innovative science education and outreach activities.

By joining our circle of supporters and becoming an Ri Patron you can help us to make a difference. Please contact us at patrons@ri.ac.uk or call on +44 (0)20 7670 2950 for more information or to join now.

Electric Circle

£350+ per year (suggested donation from £177, benefits value £173)

The Electric Circle offers you the opportunity to attend exclusive Ri Patron events and is the perfect way to discover more about the extensive work of the Ri.

As an Electric Circle Patron you will receive:

  • Ri Membership and all associated benefits
  • The opportunity to attend the Faraday Dinner*
  • Free access to all 'Ri Patrons present' events and drink receptions
  • Regular tailored communications
  • Acknowledgement of your support on the Ri website

Join now by completing our Ri Patrons form.

Magnetic Circle

£1000+ per year (suggested donation from £595, benefits value £405) 

As a Magnetic Circle Patron you will gain closer insight into our educational work for young people and hear directly from the teams responsible for these inspirational programmes.

As a Magnetic Circle Patron you will receive all the benefits of the Electric Circle as well as:

  • An invitation for two to attend the Faraday Dinner
  • Four complimentary tickets per annum for Ri talks*
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES for you and two guests
  • A complimentary ticket exchange service*
  • A dedicated patron manager to deal with your bookings or queries
  • The opportunity to gain insight into our educational programmes
  • Acknowledgement of your support in our annual review

Join now by completing our Ri Patrons form.

Diffusion Circle

£2500+ per year (suggested donation from £1987, benefits value £513)

By becoming a Diffusion Circle Patron you will be involved with the full breadth of work undertaken by the Ri, including our world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

As a Diffusion Circle Patron you will receive all the benefits of the Magnetic and Electric Circles as well as:

  • Exclusive access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES**
  • Eight complimentary tickets per annum for Ri talks*
  • A exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of our archives and the opportunity to meet our Christmas Lecturer for you and two guests
  • Opportunities to attend Ri field trips in UK and abroad***
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our donor wall at 21 Albemarle Street

Join now by completing our Ri Patrons form.

Faraday Circle

£5000+ per year (suggested donation from £4398, benefits value £602)

As a Faraday Patron you will be welcomed into the very heart of the Ri, to share in our seminal moments as well as to understand and enjoy the work that your support enables.

As a Patron at this level you will receive all the benefits listed above as well as:

  • An invitation to round-table discussions with Trustees and Directors of the Ri
  • 12 complimentary tickets per annum for Ri talks*
  • Complimentary reserved seating in our lecture theatre
  • Bespoke opportunities tailored to your interests
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our donor wall at 21 Albemarle Street

Join now by completing our Ri Patrons form.

What our supporters say

  • ...The lectures from that iconic theatre inspired me and should inspire future generations.

    Anna Batchelor

  • An understanding and appreciation of science is more important than it ever was... This Institution has a marvellous record of bringing the understanding of science to children and today it can do it with technical devices and ingenuity which gives it a bigger reach than ever before. So the Ri couldn’t be more important.

    Sir David Attenborough

If you are a tax payer in the United States or Canada your subscription may be tax deductible. Please contact Haseena Farid for more information on development@ri.ac.uk or call on +44 (0)20 7670 6539.

All patron levels comprise a benefits value indicating the actual cost of membership. Benefits can therefore be purchased separately at this price, any additional amounts given over or above this benefits value are given freely as a donation and are eligible for Gift Aid. Should you wish to purchase benefits separately please contact Catriona Sinclair on development@ri.ac.uk.

The Royal Institution is a Registered Charity No. 227938. 

* subject to availability
** subject to availability; children must be aged 11-17 on day of attendance
*** subject to availability, additional costs apply

 

If you are having technical difficulties with our Patron form, please download the non-editable version, which can be printed and completed, and returned to us by email or post.

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