Accelerators reimagined

7.50pm to 9.15pm, Friday 24 June

The Theatre

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  • A particle accelerator at Kyoto University

    Credit: Suzie Sheehy
  • Suzie Sheehy with the EMMA Accelerator

    Credit: Suzie Sheehy


Standard £18


Concession £15


Discounts for Members

Event description

Particle accelerators aren't just for studying particle physics. They have an immense range of applications, from treating cancer to purifying drinking water. Suzie Sheehy will show us how accelerators actually work, highlight her research controlling high power proton beams and imagine what they may be capable of in the future.

About the speaker

Suzie Sheehy is an Accelerator Physicist at the University of Oxford. Her research interests lie in the areas of particle physics, accelerator physics and their applications including medical and energy applications.

She is also heavily involved in science outreach and often appears in the media to explain the work of particle physicists and how accelerators work.

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.

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 or the Discourse drinks reception, please call
020 7670 2973 or email

More about Discourses

If you haven't been before, Discourses are traditional events that date back to 1825. 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.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri Channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

Dress code

The dress code for this event is smart.

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