Our 2017 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters

Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'The language of life' possible.

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. 


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.

Millennium Point, Birmingham Eastside’s anchor building which fronts Eastside City Park and is opposite the site of the new HS2 Birmingham Curzon Street Station, is owned by Millennium Point Trust.

The 360,000-sq. ft. building provides workspace, offices and studios to tenants, most with interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as offering creative working and learning environments and hosting events, training, conferences and exhibitions.

During the past four years, commercial activities in the building have enabled Millennium Point Trust to donate more than £4m to organisations, projects and initiatives that support access to STEM related education in the Midlands.

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by government, BBSRC invested £469 million in world-class bioscience in 2016-17. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

More information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes.

More information

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

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