CANCELLED Sway: Unravelling our unconscious bias

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 9 April

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

This event has been cancelled

  • Credit: Pragya Agarwal


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled. All attendees will be contacted to offer a full refund.

Have you ever been told to smile more, been teased about your accent, or had your name pronounced incorrectly? If so, you've probably already faced bias in your everyday life.

This talk explores the way our implicit or 'unintentional' biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world and how they affect our decision-making, even in life and death situations.

Behavioural scientist Pragya Agarwal combines case studies, personal experience, interviews and real world stories underpinned by scientific theories and research, to cover a wide range of implicit biases in depth.

About the speakers

Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural scientist, inclusivity consultant, 2 x TEDx speaker, and an author.

Pragya helps organisations create equitable processes, offering keynote talks, audits and workshops in diversity and unconscious bias.

She was named as one of top 100 influential women entrepreneurs in the UK for 2018-19, and one of 50 on the 'High and Mighty' List making an impact in the India-UK corridor. She regularly appears on global radio and television platforms including BBC Women's Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Breakfast, Australian Broadcasting Service and Canadian Radio


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Pragya's book, 'Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 


This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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