CANCELLED - The joy of search

7.30pm to 9.00pm, Thursday 2 April

The Theatre

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

This event has been cancelled

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Daniel Russell will not be travelling to the UK. Therefore this event has been cancelled. All attendees will be contacted to offer a full refund.

Knowing how to Google something doesn't make us search experts; there's much more we can do to access the massive collective knowledge available online.

This talk explores how you don't have to be computer geeks or a scholar searching out obscure facts; you just need to know some basic methods.

Join computer scientist and Senior Research Scientist at Google Daniel Russell who will show us how we can all be great online researchers.

Please note this event starts later than normal. 

About the speaker

Daniel Russell works at Google where he writes. Sometimes internal reports, sometimes papers for scientific publication, and sometimes books for everyone.

He's a practicing scientist. That means he experiments and analyzes. He does field studies and tries to understand what makes Google users tick.

Why do they sometimes query Google and then not click on anything?

Why do some Google users only ask one query, while others can go on and on?

What's different about their search experiences?

Why? This is what drives his work: What do people search for? How do they do it? How do they understand and use what they've found.


The doors will open at approximately 7.00pm, with a prompt start at 7.30pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Daniel's book, 'The Joy of Search: A Google Insider's Guide to Going Beyond the Basics', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 


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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