From molecules to nanoscale machines: Building the future (Friday Evening Discourse)

7.50pm - 9.15pm, Friday 30 October

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Standard £17


Associate members £11


Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

The idea of building machines that are only nanometres in size is a dream that has formed the basis of Hollywood movies. How realistic is such a goal and how would we go about tackling the challenges that lie in wait? How do we begin to build a machine simply from molecules? Join Neil Champness to explore the future of nanoscale machines.

About the speaker

Neil Champness is Professor of Chemical Nanoscience & Head of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He and his research group are interested in chemical nanoscience and all aspects of molecular organisation. His research is highly cited, being one of the top 100 most cited chemists 2000-2010 and last year, this was recognised by being names a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.

Please note

If you haven't been before, please note that Friday Evening Discourses are traditional events that date back to 1825. With that in mind, many attendees like to wear smart evening dress, though this is not a requirement.

There is also a certain level of tradition and ceremony during the event, including: the speaker and host walk through the doors as the clock bell rings at exactly 8pm; the speaker starts the talk with no introduction or hellos, and should finish at 9pm as the clock bell rings again; the speaker is locked in a room 10 minutes before the talk begins to prevent them running away (legend has it that once a speaker escaped just before the discourse). 

Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.

Food and Drink

The Discourse is a perfect occasion to meet like-minded people who share an enthusiasm for science and technology!

Our Discourse drinks reception in the Atrium provides a vibrant and welcoming social space where Ri members and their guests can meet each other, share a drink or two with canapés and explore 200 years of science innovation in the Faraday Museum before attending the Discourse in our famous lecture theatre. The reception runs from 6.30pm – 7.30pm and tickets are £15 per person for Ri members and their guests. Please select the relevent option when booking your tickets.

A fine dining menu is also served before and after the Discourse in our restaurant and restaurant reservations are open to Ri members and non-members. To book your table, please call 020 7670 2956.


This event will be filmed and availble to watch on the Ri Channel a few weeks afterwards.

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