About us

We’re a leading independent charity dedicated to connecting as many people as possible with the world of science.

a lecture theatre from above, the seats are curved around a central round stage like an old operating theatre
Image credit: Paul Clarke

Our purpose at the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

We believe that science is transformative. It shapes our world, and everyone should have a say in how it is used in our lives.

Who we are and what we do

Work with us

We have big ambitions for the future and are always looking for people to help us create more opportunities for everyone to discover, discuss and critically examine science and the way it shapes our lives.

Our commercial activity

Shop

Check out our range of science-themed, sustainable clothing and accessories available to buy online.

Our history

The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to the general public. Find out what happened next.

A painting of the exterior of the Ri in the 19th centure, with people and horses walking past
A painting of the exterior of the Ri in the 19th centure, with people and horses walking past