Ri events programme

Find out more about the range of different public and member events held throughout the year at the Ri.

Event types

Public Events

Whether you are new to a particular subject or are familiar with it, public events will enable you to meet people with the latest and most interesting ideas in science.

Our speakers are drawn from cutting-edge researchers, top science writers and leading names from the media and government. They are a fantastic opportunity to hear from and challenge the biggest names in science.

Some public events are talks in the lecture theatre, while others are workshops for particular age groups. Individual details can be found on each event page.

Evening Discourses

Evening Discourses are an integral part of the Royal Institution's events programme, having been established by Michael Faraday in 1826.

The Discourses are members' events, open to all categories of membership. Non-members are able to attend as guests of the Ri, particularly if they are looking to become members in the future.

If you haven't been before, please note that Evening Discourses are traditional events that date back over 150 years. With that in mind, many attendees like to wear smart evening dress, though this is not a requirement.

The Discourses begin at 7.30pm and members of the audience are asked to take their seats by 7.20pm at the latest. Please note that if you arrive after this time, you may be asked to wait outside the lecture theatre until the Discourse has begun.

If you would like any refreshments, please do visit our café where members are entitled to a 10% discount.

More about the history of the Discourses can be found on our blog.

Family Friendly

These events are wide ranging in nature, have a universal appeal and have been organised to ignite interest in science in people of all ages.

Held during the day, or sometimes in the early evening, they are a mix of talks, demonstrations and interactive experiments. They often focus on aspects of everyday life, such as the science of ice-cream or hair. They include the popular full-day Family Fun Day events, held across the whole Ri building.


Initiated by Michael Faraday in the mid 1820s, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are held annually and are the flagship of the Royal Institution.

They serve as a forum for presenting complex scientific issues to children in an informative and entertaining manner, and are particularly well-known for students' participation in demonstrations and experiments. Find out more about the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Short Courses

Royal Institution short courses are a great way to explore a subject in greater depth than a public event, but less of a commitment than a full university course. They are aimed at anyone with an interest in the subject and have no formal exam at the end.

Find out more about which short courses we are running.

Guest Curators

These events give famous names from the world of science and media the chance to present a series of events on their area of expertise. Previous curators have included Science Editor of The Times, Mark Henderson, and comedian, actor and writer Robert Llewellyn.


Ri Patron Events

These are events exclusively for Ri Patrons. Find out more about becoming an Ri Patron.

Become a member

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