Editorial Guidelines

This page sets out the editorial guidelines for the filming of Ri Talks.


The Royal Institution is a forum for the free and open discussion of ideas, and we recognise the fundamental importance of freedom of speech within the law. All speakers who contribute to any of our programmes represent their own views and do not necessarily represent the views of the Royal Institution.

Why we edit Ri Talks

Our Ri Talk films must accurately reflect the lectures on which they were based. We edit Ri Talks for the following reasons:

  • To create a high-quality engaging film
    E.g. to remove technical issues which were present when the talk was given
  • Where there are health and safety concerns
    E.g. demonstrations which are not performed safely, or encourage unsafe activities at home
  • To safeguard young people and vulnerable adults
    E.g. will only include identifiable shots of young people if we have written parental consent.
  • Audience behaviour
    E.g. where an audience member’s behaviour is distracting to the content of the talk
  • Copyright
    We will remove third-party content where we have been unable to clear copyright to show it on our YouTube channel

We never edit Ri Talks to change the content or meaning the presenter aimed to convey, this includes any political or controversial statements. We do however reserve the right not to show talks.

Reasons for withholding release of Ri Talks

We retain discretion to not release an event we have filmed. Below are some of the reasons why we may not release films on our YouTube channel:

  • Quality of presentation
  • Inaccuracies – scientific and factual
  • Content which could be considered illegal (e.g. inciting terrorism)
  • Defamatory content
  • Racist, sexist or homophobic content