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.

  • Our theatre is sadly empty for the time being

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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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Tuesday 12 January

Fundamentals: ten keys to reality

Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek reveals the ten profound insights that illuminate what everyone should know about the physical world.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Thursday 14 January

How can climate models help us respond to climate change?

In this talk, Vicky Pope describes what goes into a cutting-edge climate model, how it is used to provide information on how and why the climate is changing and how it might change in the future.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Tuesday 19 January

Data visualisation: seeing, sensing, stimulating

In this talk, Valentina D'Efilippo discusses her work at the intersection of visual communication and statistics and how she breathes new life into how data is presented.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Thursday 21 January

The alignment problem: how can machines learn human values?

Join Brian Christian as he explores everything that goes wrong when we build AI systems and the people that will fix them.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Tuesday 26 January

How far can we push the human body?

Join Rohin Francis as he discusses where we are now with medical science, what might come next and the blurred boundary between life and death.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Thursday 28 January

The hidden spring: a journey to the source of consciousness

Join Mark Solms as he discusses his new theory of consciousness that returns emotions to the centre of mental life.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks