Our new programme of online talks

We can't run events in our theatre right now, so we've lined up a world-class array of speakers to enjoy from home every Tuesday night.

  • Our theatre is sadly empty for the time being

    Credit: Matt Chung

What's going on?

Our building and famous theatre remain closed, but we are striving to continue our science communication work here at the Ri. The Royal Institution exists to inspire everyone to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. Never has our mission felt more relevant than in today’s world. 

We are a small independent charity and receive no core government funding. Our income from ticket sales and venue hire has been significantly reduced and will continue to fall. Most of our staff are on furlough because we urgently need to minimise the debt we are now building. Donations, alongside our membership subscriptions are vital to our development and survival.

Whilst we remain unable to welcome you into our theatre, we are pleased to be able to announce a series of livestreamed talks curated by the Ri team. 

These online events are free for everyone to access. However, donations are an extremely important source of support for us and we would be most grateful if you were able to contribute. 

Please donate via our JustGiving page. Every donation makes a difference, and we are extremely grateful to all our supporters.

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Tuesday 15 September

LIVESTREAM: Stephen Hawking: A memoir of friendship and physics

Leonard Mlodinow recalls his nearly two-decades as a friend and collaborator with Stephen Hawking, bringing a complex man into focus like no one has before.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Tuesday 22 September

LIVESTREAM: How to make the world add up

Tim Harford tells us how to think clearly about numbers

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Thursday 24 September

LIVESTREAM: 10 years at the LHC

Physicists from the four giant experiments at the Large Hadron Collider reflect on what they've learned and what is to come.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm BST

Type:

Talks

Tuesday 29 September

LIVESTREAM: A synthesizing mind

Howard Gardner reflects on his intellectual development and his groundbreaking work on multiple intelligences

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Tuesday 06 October

LIVESTREAM: A series of fortunate events

Sean B Carroll tells the story of the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Tuesday 13 October

LIVESTREAM: The 10 equations that rule the world

David Sumpter shows how a small set of formulas can provide the answers to questions ranging from the trivial to the profound.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Tuesday 20 October

LIVESTREAM: The alchemy of us

Science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions, revealing the fascinating and inspiring stories of our relationships with technologies.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Thursday 22 October

LIVESTREAM: The hunt for new batteries

Serena Corr from the Faraday Institution explores the search for the batteries that will power our future

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Tuesday 27 October

Happy 200th birthday John Tyndall

Paul Hurley from the Tyndall Institute in Cork talks about the life of the great man who links our two institutions.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks