Summer events 2018

Our exciting programme of events from May to August is now open for booking. Don't miss out!

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    Credit: Via Sarah Savic Kallesoe

Summer programme

The new season of Ri talks is now available to book online. Running from 8 May until the end of August, we have an amazing range of events that you won't want to miss. Join us as we discuss  the future of crime, discover radical new brain imaging technology and journey to strange new worlds

Read on for some of the highlights or browse our What's On calendar online to book your events today.

Don't forget, Ri Members can attend Discourses for free and receive tickets to our talks for just £7.


The Summer season of Discourses will start off with the new Royal Institution Director Shaun Fitzgerald, who will take you through the surprising physics of hot air on 24 May. 

On 29 June, 100 years after the deadly Spanish flu, Peter Piot will discuss whether the world is ready for the next pandemic, and how we need to focus on prevention and preparedness for future health threats.

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    Join the Royal Institution's Director on 24 May.

    Credit: Ganossi via Pixabay

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    Are we ready for the next pandemic on 29 June.

    Credit: State Library of Queensland via Flickr

Ri Patrons Present

Ri Patrons are valuable members of the Ri community who are dedicated to supporting our charitable mission. We are pleased to announce a new event series. Open to Ri Members and the public and free to Ri Patrons, these events explore science and society with the same excellence in science communication you've come to expect from all Ri events.

Join us in May as an expert panel discusses the future of crime and tries to allay our fears. 

In June, ExpeRience a space oydessy. Start the evening with a lecture chaired by Dallas Campball, followed by hands on activties and tasty food and drink. 

  • Thank you to our Ri Patrons!

    Credit: Katherine Leedale

The legacy of Frankenstein

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’. In the last event of this series, Philip Ball and a panel of experts will discuss how monsters have infiltrated popular culture.


  • Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein at the Royal Institution.

    Credit: Public Domain


This season's Family Fun Day is on 2 June and we'll be getting hands on with the science behind science fiction. 

We also have Helen Scales discussing fascinating fishChristopher Edge exploring infinite universes, Mark Thompson with his spectacular science, Ri Presenter Natasha Simons lighting the way, the weird world of liquid nitrogen and Jonny Berliner's Sci-Tunes


Filming our events

Many of the events in this programme will be filmed and available on the Ri YouTube Channel a few months after the event. Subscribe to receive notifications each time a video is released.

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