Become an Ri Patron

By becoming an Ri Patron you join a valued group of individuals who provide essential support to the Ri.

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By becoming an Ri Patron you join a valued group of individuals who provide essential support to the Ri from our education programmes, to our digital work and our heritage projects.

Your patronage allows us to expand and grow on our remarkable legacy and enables us to place science firmly at the centre of society.

As an Ri Patron you will become part of a group of philanthropists who enjoy access to a wide range of benefits including exclusive patron events, speaker’s drinks receptions, behind-the-scenes access and have the opportunity to attend our Faraday Dinner and Discourse dinners.

The Royal Institution’s vision is for a world where everyone is inspired to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. Your philanthropy helps us make this a reality.

Our Ri Patron Circles

Electric Circle £350+

£350+ per year (suggested donation £164+ / benefits value £186)

Attend exclusive Ri Patron events and is the perfect way to discover more about the extensive work of the Ri.

Electric Circle Patronage includes:

  • Ri Membership and all associated benefits including free access to Discourses
  • Four complimentary tickets to Ri Talks of your choice*
  • Invitations to three pre-Discourse receptions for two guests
  • An invitation for two to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Patron reception
  • An invitation for two guests to the Patron Summer reception
  • Complimentary external tours
  • Dedicated Patron manager
  • Complimentary ticket exchange service
  • Patron newsletter
  • Acknowledgement on the Ri website

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form

Magnetic Circle £1000+

£1000+ per year (suggested donation £665+, benefits value £335)

Gain a closer insight into our educational work for young people and hear directly from the teams responsible for these inspirational programmes.

Magnetic Circle Patronage includes:

  • Ri Membership and all associated benefits including free access to Discourses
  • Eight complimentary tickets to Ri Talks of your choice*
  • Invitations to six pre-Discourse receptions for two guests
  • An invitation for two to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Patron reception
  • An invitation for two guests to the Patron Summer reception
  • Complimentary external tours
  • Dedicated Patron manager
  • Complimentary ticket exchange service
  • Patron newsletter
  • Acknowledgement on the Ri website
  • An invitation for two to attend a Discourse dinner with the speaker
  • Acknowledgement in our annual review

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form

Diffusion Circle £2500+

£2500+ per year (suggested donation £1836+, benefits value £664)

Be involved with the full breadth of work undertaken by the Ri, including our world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Diffusion Circle Patronage includes:

  • Ri Membership and all associated benefits including free access to Discourses
  • 12 complimentary tickets to Ri Talks of your choice*
  • Invitations to all pre-Discourse receptions for two guests
  • An invitation for two to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Patron reception
  • An invitation for two guests to the Patron Summer reception
  • Complimentary external tours
  • Dedicated Patron manager
  • Complimentary ticket exchange service
  • Patron newsletter
  • Acknowledgement on the Ri website
  • An invitation for two to attend a Discourse dinner with the speaker
  • Acknowledgement in our annual review
  • Two VIP tickets to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES**
  • An invitation for two to attend the Faraday Dinner
  • A personal tour of the Ri Archives
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our Theatre's donor wall

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form

Faraday Circle £5000+

£5000+ per year (suggested donation £4208+, benefits value £792)

Be welcomed into the very heart of the Ri to share in our seminal moments as well as to understand and enjoy the varied work that your support enables.

Faraday Circle Patronage includes:

  • Ri Membership and all associated benefits including free access to Discourses
  • 16 complimentary tickets to Ri Talks of your choice*
  • Invitations to all pre-Discourse receptions for two guests
  • An invitation for two to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Patron reception
  • An invitation for two guests to the Patron Summer reception
  • Complimentary external tours
  • Dedicated Patron manager
  • Complimentary ticket exchange service
  • Patron newsletter
  • Acknowledgement on the Ri website
  • An invitation for two to attend a Discourse dinner with the speaker
  • Acknowledgement in our annual review
  • Two VIP tickets to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES**
  • An invitation for two to attend the Faraday Dinner
  • A personal tour of the Ri Archives
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our Theatre's donor wall
  • An invitation for two to attend a dinner with the Director
  • Meeting world-leading scientists
  • Opportunities to meet the Director and senior leadership team
  • Complimentary reserved seating in our theatre
  • Bespoke operations tailored to your interests

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form

Director's Circle £10,000+

£10000+ per year (suggested donation £7850+, benefits value £2150)

As a Director's Circle patron you will gain the highest level of access to the Ri does and have a significant impact on our charitable work.

Director's Circle patronage includes:

  • Ri Membership and all associated benefits including free access to Discourses
  • Unlimited access to our Ri Talks programme*
  • Invitations to all pre-Discourse receptions for two guests
  • An invitation for two to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Patron reception
  • An invitation for two guests to the Patron Summer reception
  • Complimentary external tours
  • Dedicated Patron manager
  • Complimentary ticket exchange service
  • Patron newsletter
  • Acknowledgement on the Ri website
  • An invitation for two to attend a Discourse dinner with the speaker
  • Acknowledgement in our annual review
  • Two VIP tickets to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES**
  • An invitation for two to attend the Faraday Dinner
  • A personal tour of the Ri Archives
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our Theatre's donor wall
  • An invitation for two to attend a dinner with the Director
  • Meeting world-leading scientists
  • Opportunities to meet the Director and senior leadership team
  • Complimentary reserved seating in our theatre
  • Bespoke operations tailored to your interests
  • An invitation to attend the Trustee Supper Club
  • A Science in Schools show at a school of your choice or at one selected from the Ri’s schools network
  • Opportunities to meet with Trustees
  • The opportunity to host a private meeting, lunch or dinner reception at the Ri***

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form

Join today

To join as an Ri Patron, please download our Ri Patron sign-up form.

Please contact our Patrons Team at patrons@ri.ac.uk or call on +44 (0)20 7409 2992 to join now or for more information.

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Contact us

If you want to find out more about our patrons programme please contact our Patrons Team at patrons@ri.ac.uk or on +44 (0)20 7409 2992.

More information

All patron levels comprise a benefits value indicating the actual cost of membership. Benefits can therefore be purchased separately at this price, any additional amounts given over or above this benefits value are given freely as a donation and are eligible for Gift Aid. Should you wish to purchase benefits separately please contact the patrons team on patrons@ri.ac.uk or development@ri.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7409 2992.

If you are having technical difficulties with filling in our Patrons form, please print it and return it to us by email or post. You can also email us with your address and we can post you a hard-copy with a return envelope.

* Access to our events programme is subject to availability.

** Access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES is subject to availability; children must be aged 11-17 on day of attendance.

*** Room hire only equivalent of £650, catering costs are additional.

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