Our 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters

Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'Supercharged: Fuelling the future' possible.

  • Saiful Islam, 2016 Christmas Lecturer

    Credit: Paul Wilkinson

We’re delighted to announce our generous supporters for this year’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES. The Royal Institution would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the following:

Major supporter

Lloyd's Register Foundation is a charity that helps to protect life and property and support education, engineering-related research and public engagement. 

Their vision is to be known worldwide as a leading supporter of research, training and education – relevant to the field of engineering – which makes a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure that is vital to modern society.

A unique feature of the Foundation is that they are able to focus on the long term because of their governance structure and the assets they own. In many cases Lloyd’s Register Foundation works with their grants community to build long term relationships, working together on the challenges facing modern society. This means their funding can go into tackling root problems rather than just alleviating the symptoms. It also means that the grants can be significant, both in terms of their value and duration. 


Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey is a speciality chemicals company underpinned by science, technology and its people. A leader in sustainable technologies, its products help to make the world cleaner and healthier, enhancing the lives of millions of people every day. The company focuses on clean air, clean energy and low carbon technologies and is an expert in the application and recycling of precious metals. Its products and technologies are sold across the world to a wide range of advanced technology industries.

Schlumberger Limited is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. In 1927 Schlumberger was founded by the two brothers who invented wireline logging as a technique for obtaining downhole data in oil and gas wells. Today Schlumberger continues to build on the industry's longest track record for providing leading edge E&P technology to develop new advancements from reservoir to surface. Since its founding, the company has consistently invested significant time and money on research and development as a long-term strategy to support and grow our technology leadership.

The University of Bath celebrates its 50th anniversary this year as one of the UK's leading universities both in terms of research and our reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and graduate prospects.

In the REF 2014 research assessment 87 per cent of our research was defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. From making aircraft more fuel efficient, to identifying infectious diseases more quickly, or cutting carbon emissions through innovative building solutions, research from Bath is making a difference around the world. Find out more: http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/

Well established as a nurturing environment for enterprising minds, Bath is ranked highly in all national league tables and was chosen as the UK’s top university in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015. 

EPSRC is the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research. Their vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to Research, Discover and Innovate.

By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, they are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.

Their portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research they fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture.

In-kind supporters

In-kind support from companies, organisations and universities is invaluable to the Lectures, and we are grateful to all our partners for their contributions.

Benz Bavarian
Bristol Bioenergy Centre
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
FLIR Systems
Geemarc Telecom
Imperial College London
Intelligent Energy
Pauline Van Dongen
South Bank University
University of Durham
University of Exeter
University of Salford
University of the West of England, Bristol
University of Westminster
University of Wisconsin 
UCell, University College London

More information

For more information about our community of CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters, please contact:

e: development@ri.ac.uk
t: 020 7491 6539