Building a climate laboratory: How climate models have revolutionised our understanding of our world

7.50pm to 9.15pm, Friday 26 February

The Theatre

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  • Edited NASA visualization of climate change to show the world temperatures in 2100.

    Credit: Stuart Rankin via Flickr


Standard £18


Concession £15


Discounts for Members

Event description

Climate change is arguably one of the greatest challenges that human civilisation will face in the 21st century. We may be taking the planet into uncharted territory, so how can climate science help us to navigate the challenges ahead?

Julia Slingo, Met Office Chief Scientist and High Level Group Scientific Advisor to the European Commission, will examine key processes which control the climate system, and how they are encapsulated in climate models; models that allow us to look into the future and determine the potential impacts of climate change on lives and livelihoods around the world.

About the speaker

Dame Julia Slingo is the Met Office Chief Scientist and has responsibility for its scientific research and development. She is also visiting professor at the Unviersity of Reading's Department of Meteorology.

In 2015, Julia Slingo was appointed one of the seven members of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors of the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism.

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 2973 or email

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.


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