Our 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES supporters

Thank you to our fantastic community of supporters for making 'How to survive in space' possible.

  • British ESA astronaut Tim Peake taking part in the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES Credit: Paul Wilkinson

  • Kevin Fong. Credit: Paul Wilkinson.

  • Kevin Fong. 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:

Our lead supporter, the Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. They support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. 

Their investment portfolio gives them the independence to support such transformative work as the sequencing and understanding of the human genome, research that established front-line drugs for malaria, and Wellcome Collection, their free venue for the incurably curious that explores medicine, life and art.

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 Raspberry Pi Foundation is an educational charity based in the UK. The Foundation's goal is to advance the education of adults and children, particularly in the field of computer science and related subjects. In December 2015, British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake is headed to the International Space Station where two Raspberry Pi computers with special add-on boards will be waiting for him. As part of his mission, he'll be using these to run experiments created and coded by school students as part of our Astro Pi project.

The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space. They are responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. They lead the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens. 

Since 1975 the European Space Agency, ESA, has been pooling the resources of its 22 Member States and leading cooperation with other nations to build a European space capability, undertaking programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today, it launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. 

In-kind supporters

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

Airborne Systems Ltd
Chichester High School 
EcoSphere Europe Ltd 
Faraday Studios
Flir Systems
Foster + Partners
Dr Stuart Grey, University College London
The Institute for Research in Schools
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance 
MySolarShop / WholeSaleSolar
NASA Digital Learning Network
National Space Centre 
Physio Control
Queen Mary University of London 
Royal Veterinary College 
Royal Horticultural Society 
The Science and Technology Facilities Council
TMS Europe
University College London Hospitals

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