The Royal Institution Of Great Britain

The Royal Institution Of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS
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Are Your Genes to Blame When Your Jeans Don’t Fit?

Giles Yeo leads this discussion on how genes effect obesity.

Fri 26 Jan

£16 (£10; Members £7) / 020 7409 2992

The Ascent Of John Tyndall

John Tyndall was a leading scientific figure in Victorian Britain. Among much else, he established the physical basis of the greenhouse effect, and explained why the sky is blue. To celebrate the launch of his new biography, Sir Roland Jackson will explore the scientific achievements and impact of this colourful…

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Bakineering In Space

A talk exploring how astronauts stay alive in space.

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Sat 28 Apr

£16 (£10; Members £7) / 020 7409 2992

  • 18:00 – 19:15

The Beautiful Cure

Leading immunologist Daniel Davis describes the scientific quest to understand how the body's ability to fight disease and heal itself works – and how it is affected by stress, sleep, age and our state of mind – and explains how this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary new approach to medicine and well-being.

Thu 1 Feb

£16 (£10; Members £7) / 020 7409 2992

A Big Bang Machine On The Moon

The Large Hadron Collider switched on in 2015 at the highest energy ever, re-creating the conditions of the universe as they were just a fraction of a second after the Big Bang, and what physicists are learning so far is that our universe seems to be … extremely odd. But to know exactly how odd it is we need to build a…

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World

A new field of collective intelligence has emerged in the last few years, prompted by a wave of digital technologies that make it possible for organizations and societies to think at large scale. Gathering insights from diverse fields, including philosophy, computer science, and biology, Geoff Mulgan will reveal how…

Tue 20 Feb

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Danielle George

Join radio frequency engineer, TV presenter and former Christmas Lecturer Danielle George as she returns to the Ri to discuss her life and work.

Thu 26 Apr

£20 (£15) / 020 7409 2992

  • 19:20 – 20:45

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind

Discussion on the evolution of the human mind and culture with Kevin Laland.

Mon 29 Jan

£16 (£10; Members £7) / 020 7409 2992

The Electricity Of Life

Electricity plays a vital role in our bodies, from neurons in our brain to nerves in our feet. But how does our body create electricity, how was it discovered and what clues can our understanding of electricity give us to help cure disease? Join Phil Ball and an expert panel for an electrifying evening of discussion.

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Energy Live!

Join the Ri's science presenter Dan Plane on an exciting journey through the stores of energy which surround us. From elastic to gravitational, kinetic to chemical, see some fiery and maybe even explosive demonstrations of what energy is and how it affect our lives.

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Everything In Motion: How Our Brains Control Our Bodies

As a neuroscientist and engineer, Daniel Wolpert is fascinated by how the brain controls our every movement. Join Daniel as he discusses the real reasons for human brain evolution and the engineering approaches his team uses to understand even more about what's inside our heads. This event is part of our 'Ri Patrons…

Sun 11 Mar

Free-£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Evolution's Bite: A Story Of Teeth, Diet And Human Origins

Our teeth are like living fossils that can tell us how we became human. Peter Ungar will present a remarkable investigation into the ways that teeth - their shape, chemistry, and wear - reveal how we came to be.

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Face Value

We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second-and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. For example, politicians who simply look more competent are more likely to win elections. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are…

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Family Fun Day: The Language Of Life

Get hands-on with the 2017 CHRISTMAS LECTURES at this season's Family Fun Day. Drop in for an action-packed day of talks, demonstrations and experiments that explore the intriguing world of communication. Family Fun Day activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds though older and younger siblings are also very welcome. All…

Sat 17 Feb

Free-£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Frankenstein and Its Legacy

Frankenstein is still relevant today as it was 200 years ago, and Shelley's creature lives on, as an embodiment of society's anxieties about where science is taking us. Join Philip Ball and a panel of experts as they discuss the context in which the book was written and how the tale has become a popular myth with a life…

Tue 23 Jan

£16 (£10; Members £7) / 020 7409 2992

Future Pharma

Join five scientists on the cutting-edge of pharmaceutical research and hear about the latest in gene therapy, cancer treatment and more. Get a sneak peek at the drugs of the future.

Wed 31 Jan

£16 (£10; Members £7) / 020 7409 2992

Gravitational Waves And Beyond: In Conversation With Sheila Rowan

Join us for an in conversation event with Scotland's Chief Scientific Advisor. After contributing to one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of this century, Sheila Rowan will provide insight into her team's future work on gravitational waves This event is part of our 'Ri Patrons present' series. With the…

Sun 11 Mar

Free-£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

How To Be Your Child's First Science Teacher

Doing hands-on activities with children is the best way to get them exploring the world around them and thinking like future scientists and engineers. However, many parents lack confidence in doing science with their children, compared with reading, writing or drawing. Teacher and author of 'Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder…

Thu 8 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Into The Grey Zone

Consciousness might not be a black and white issue. Join neuroscientist Adrian Owen to find out about a pioneering new technique that allows doctors to communicate with people thought to be lost in persistent vegetative states.

Mon 12 Feb

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 for his novel The Sense of An Ending. Here he discusses his latest novel The Only Story, which examines what happens when we allow ‘a social life to stand in for an emotional life’.

Wed 21 Feb

£10 / 020 7409 2992

  • 19:00

Jurassic Britain: Rediscovering dinosaurs and icthyosaurs

Palaeontologist and fossil detective Dean Lomax takes us on a journey back to the amazing British finds that sparked the original dinomania in the 1800s. From the 'invention' of dinosaurs to the great granddad of T. rex, he reveals British dinosaur and ichthyosaur discoveries, including recent identifications of new…

Fri 2 Feb

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 18:00 – 19:15

Making Monsters? Ethical Gene Editing

Modern stem cell and embryology research has the potential to revolutionise medicine, but some see it as 'playing God'. Join a panel of scientists and policy experts as they discuss the latest developments in genetic medicine and whether we are ready for the ethical challenges these technologies raise.

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

The Origin Of Life

Dr Nick Lane is a biochemist, writer and reader at University College London. His research deals with evolutionary biochemistry and bioenergetics, focusing on the origin of life and the evolution of complex cells. He leads the UCL Research Frontiers Origins of Life programme. He was won awarded the 2011 BMC Research Award…

Fri 2 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Our Renewable Future

On a planet of limited resources and growing population, we must increasingly recycle and share. However, these require not only technological innovation, but also a change in attitudes towards ownership, identity and our relationship with the material world. Join former Christmas Lecturer Bruce Hood and guests in an…

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Poetry and Science

Literary historian Gregory Tate asks why a surprising number of scientists write poetry.

Tue 6 Feb

£16 (£10; Members £7) / 020 7409 2992

Postcards From Saturn (Discourse)

Last September, the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission ended its 20 years in space by burning up in Saturn's atmosphere (on purpose). Hear from Michele Dougherty, one of the mission's lead scientists, as she describes some surprising discoveries made during the orbital tour at Saturn, including water vapor plumes…

Fri 23 Feb

Free-£20 / 020 7409 2992

  • 19:20 – 20:45

Quantum Computing: Untangling The Hype

Quantum technology has the potential to revolutionise whole fields of computing; from cryptography to molecular modelling. But how do quantum computers work? Join leading experts to untangle the quantum computing hype, at this event supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Recipes For Wonder

Join us for a wondrous afternoon of science activities that you can do at home. Alom Shaha will show his favourite demos and you can try them afterwards! From simple things you have lying around the house, Alom will show you how to create exciting and hands-on science anywhere in the house. The event will consist of a…

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

The Subjective Experience Of Remembering

The ability to remember personally experienced events in vivid, multisensory detail makes an immensely important contribution to our lives, allowing us to re-live each moment of a previous encounter and providing us with the store of precious memories that form the building blocks of who we are. Such remembering involves…

Sun 11 Mar

Free-£20 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Swearing Is Good For You

For something that is so good for us, swearing gets a bad rap. Science writer Emma Byrne will explore the close connection between bad language and our emotions. She will shed light on the latest in the neuroscience and origins of swearing.

Thu 8 Feb

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Valentine's Day Vaginas

Join founder of the Vagina Museum Florence Schechter and an expert panel as they they finally give some love to what has often been ignored by academia and discuss the science, history and culture of vaginas.

Wed 14 Feb

£16 (£10; Members £7) / 020 7409 2992

Who We Are And How We Got Here

The revolution in the ability to sequence ancient DNA has changed our understanding of the deep human past. David Reich will tell the emerging story of our often surprising ancestry - the extraordinary ancient migrations and mixtures of populations that have made us who we are.

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

WiFi Wars Debug VII: The Bugs Awaken

Future-tech video gaming comedy show WiFi Wars returns to the Ri for another fun development night where they test out their newest toys and technology. This event always sells out so book quickly. Hosted by Steve McNeil from the hit TV show Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit. Be sure to charge your smartphone!

Sun 11 Mar

£7–£16 / 020 7409 2992

  • 14:00 – 16:30

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