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

16 March 2017 - Patron Open Evening

The cognitive neuroscience of music

An in-depth exploration of the science behind the music. Ri Patrons and their guests will hear the latest in research connecting music, the brain and technology and learn about the ways in which our brain can inform and inspire musical creativity. 

 5 April 2017

The science beneath our feet: De-extinction and volcanoes

This event will feature Helen Pilcher speaking about the science of de-extinction from dodos to dinosaurs. The second half of the evening will involve an explosive presentation about the physical and chemical processes within volcanic systems.

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.


Booking information

All events are evening events unless otherwise stated and begin with a drinks reception. Please follow the link through to the event's page for specific 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