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 30 June

LIVESTREAM: The rules of contagion

Join epidemiologist Adam Kucharski who reveals how new mathematical approaches are transforming what we know about contagion.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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Talks

Tuesday 07 July

LIVESTREAM: Searching for life on another world

As a new wave of interplanetary exploration launches in summer 2020, Sarah Stewart Johnson charts our centuries-old obsession with Mars.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

Type:

Talks

Tuesday 14 July

LIVESTREAM: Quantum reality: the quest for the real meaning of quantum mechanics

Jim Baggott will provide a comprehensive introduction to quantum mechanics and explore how we need a philosophical approach as well as a scientific one.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

Type:

Talks

Tuesday 21 July

LIVESTREAM: Space weather

Lucie Green will talk about the science of space weather and will investigate what instrumentation could be used to improve space weather forecasts.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm

Type:

Talks