Evening Discourses

Tantalising talks with experts from around the world.

  • Inside the Royal Institution lecture theatre

    Credit: The Royal Institution

Evening Discourses are an integral part of the Royal Institution's events programme, having been established by Michael Faraday in 1826.

Discourses are free for Ri Members and Ri Patrons.
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Friday 28 September

What are museums for in the 21st century? (Discourse)

Join Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, as he explores how museums can retain their relevance and purpose in our contemporary age.

When:

7.20pm to 8.45pm, The Theatre

Type:

Discourses, Talks

Friday 26 October

Robotics: Natural efficiencies (Discourse)

Join zoologist and inventor Adrian Thomas as he showcases his work mimicking nature, from a drone that's inspired by a dragonfly to a boat with a fin rather than a propeller.

When:

7.20pm to 8.45pm, The Theatre

Type:

Discourses, Talks

Friday 30 November

Hello world: How to be human in the age of the machine (Discourse)

Join Hannah Fry as she takes you on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us.

When:

7.20pm to 8.45pm, The Theatre

Type:

Discourses, Talks