Our new programme of online talks

We've lined up a world-class array of speakers for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home every Tuesday and Thursday night.

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What's going on?

Our mission to inspire everyone to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives has never felt more relevant than in today’s world.

Our online lectures and talks remain free for everyone, everywhere. And we're now able to bring you two virtual lectures a week – livestreamed direct to your home – featuring a world-class array of speakers from the world of science and beyond. All curated by our team here at the Ri.

However, we are a small independent charity and our income from venue hire and ticket sales has fallen significantly. Your donations and membership subscriptions are vital to allow us to continue our work.

Please help us to make a difference to the world of tomorrow by contributing on our Just Giving page.

Every donation makes a difference, and we are extremely grateful to all our supporters.

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Thursday 12 November

The puzzle of language

Alex Bellos explores the world's alphabets and languages through the medium of puzzles.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Tuesday 17 November

Toxic: A history of nerve agents

In this talk, Dan Kaszeta explores the grisly history of nerve agents, from their Nazi invention to their use by assassins in Salisbury.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Thursday 19 November

The human cosmos

In this talk, Jo Marchant discusses her new book ‘The Human Cosmos’. Jo explores our historical fascination with the cosmos and how new technology might be changing our relationship with the night sky.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Tuesday 24 November

The return of the million dollar equations

Tom Crawford returns and explores the remaining Millennium Prize Problems, worth $1m to anyone that solves them

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Thursday 26 November

The pattern seekers

In this talk, psychologist and world renowned autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen puts forward a bold new theory. From his book ‘The Pattern Seekers’ he discusses how humans can identify patterns, specifically ‘if-and-then’ patterns.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Tuesday 01 December

First light: Switching on stars at the dawn of time

Emma Chapman will tell us what happened after the Big Bang what it can teach us about the Universe today.

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7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Thursday 03 December

The art of rest

Claudia Hammond explains why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works, and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Tuesday 08 December

Whose health is it anyway?

Dame Sally Davies and Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard discuss the future of public health

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7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Thursday 10 December

How to walk on water and climb up walls

David Hu shows how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling and ingenious.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Tuesday 15 December

What's the point: why maths really matters

From the edge of our solar system to battling an artificial intelligence takeover, we will see the point of mathematics after all.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Thursday 17 December

Dr Karl's strange science

Dr Karl is back to discuss some very strange science facts. There will be an interactive quiz at the end where the audience will go head-to-head with Dr Karl.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks