Our 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters

Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home' possible.

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We’re delighted to announce our generous supporters for this year’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES, brought together by a shared interest in engineering and technology and a passion for tinkering, creating and sparking the imagination of children and adults alike.

The Royal Institution would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the following:

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 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.

Raspberry Pi - The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity which was set up in 2009 to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing. The charity makes the £25 Raspberry Pi computer, which is used all over the world by teachers, learners and makers. They are bringing electronics and computing expertise to this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Institution of Engineering and Technology - For over 140 years the Institution of Engineering and Technology has been inspiring, informing and influencing the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. They are working towards engineering a better world and are supporting the joint production of teaching resources for the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Thank you also to the consortium of support we have received from the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES have been a popular fixture of the festive period for more than 200 years and we are extremely grateful to all our supporters for helping us to share this tradition with a new generation of young scientists and their families in the UK and beyond.

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In-kind supporters

Finally our thanks go to the following companies, organisations and universities for their gift in-kind support:

Airbus Defence and Space, Arcstream AV, ARM, BT, B&Q, Clear Channel, Disney Research Zurich, European Space Agency, Fairphone, Frebble, Fuel 3D Technologies Limited, Go8Bit, Is This Good, Leeds Hackspace, Leeds Music Trust, Leap Motion, London Contemporary Orchestra, London Hackspace, London Fan Company, MaKey MaKey, National Instruments, Nervous Squirrel, Phillips Hue, Phasor Solutions, PiFace, Shadow Robot Company, Shell, Create Education Ultimaker, Ultrahaptics, Xylobands.

Our university in-kind supporters include the EPSRC FARSCOPE Centre for Doctoral Training at Bristol University, Bristol University School of Veterinary Sciences, the Music Informatics Research Group and the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester School of Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering at City University, the Li-Fi Research and Development Centre in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, the Centre for Robotics Research at Kings College London, the School of Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University, the Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems group at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, the Centre for Robotics & Neural Systems at Plymouth University, The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University, School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering at City University, the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Veterinary College.

Production partners

Thank you to our 2014 production partners Diane Blood, Liam Blood and Joel Blood.

More information

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

Haseena Farid, Head of Development

e: hfarid@ri.ac.uk
t: 020 7491 6539