The ultimate guide to time travel

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 1 February

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

Time is one of the biggest puzzles in our history. Scientists often question if time can ever be stopped, if time travel is possible, and if time even exists.

Join Colin Stuart as he explores the most intriguing questions being asked in science today and the most awe-inspiring and revealing things we should all know about time.

In this talk Colin discusses how time has perplexed and fascinated generations of scientists, historians and more.

Event type

This is a theatre event, where the speaker and audience are together in our theatre.

This event will not be livestreamed.

Please note that in line with Government guidance, it is a requirement to wear a face covering at all times when inside the Ri building, unless exempt. This includes the theatre.

We are also strongly encouraging everyone who visits the Ri to please:

  • Have had a negative LFT result within the preceding 24 hours
  • Register attendance with the NHS track and trace app
  • Maintain a social distance wherever possible
  • Make frequent use of the hand sanitiser available throughout the building

Please do not attend an event if you are feeling unwell or are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.

Thank you for being considerate of everyone’s comfort and safety.

About the speaker

Colin Stuart is an award-winning astronomy author and speaker who has talked to over half a million people about the universe, ranging from schools and the public to conferences and businesses. His books have sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 21 languages. He's also written for The Guardian, New Scientist, Wall Street Journal and the European Space Agency.

In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him. Also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Colin has appeared on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5 Live and been quoted in national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and The Observer.

Colin's book 'Time: 10 Things You Should Know' is available from Amazon and all good bookstores. 


Doors to the theatre will open at 6.30pm. The event will begin at 7.00pm.


Our accessible public toilet is on the ground floor. The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the pavement, via a lift. There is space at floor level in the theatre for four wheelchair users.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email:

Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free. If you arrive by taxi and need step free access, ask to be dropped off round the corner on New Bond street. Here the curb is level with the road and the pavement follows round to the entrance of the Ri.

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