The Royal Institution Of Great Britain

The Royal Institution Of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

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Biased Science

We can't always control what our brains do and, unconsciously, many of us are racist, sexist and biased without meaning to be. Join sociologist Louise Archer, psychologist Binna Kandola, astrophysicist Emma Chapman and Girls in Physics project manager Jessica Rowson as they explore the biased world of science

Fri 3 Mar

£14 (£10; £7) / 020 7409 2992

Bragg Lecture 2017: The Wondrous World Of Perovskites

The crystalline materials known as Perovskites make up 38% of the volume of the earth. Moreover, they have many very important practical uses, for example in electronics, ultrasonics and in thermal sensing devices. So what are they exactly? Mike Glazer will explain how tiny changes in their crystal structures can lead to…

The Cutting Edge: Surgery From Scalpels To Robots

Join award-winning surgeon and researcher Pankaj Chandak on a journey of medical innovation, from the first antiseptics of Joseph Lister to surgical robots. Hear how modern-day surgeons are realising the impossible with 3D printing, perfusion machines and antibody-supressing drugs.

Deep life

Tullis Onstott is a geochemist who travels deep into the uncharted regions beneath the Earth's crust to search for life in extreme environments. In his new book Deep Life, Tullis explores new discoveries from the deep that are helping in the quest to find life in the solar system. In 1901 H. G. Wells, a contemporary of…

Tue 21 Mar

£14 ( £10; Children £7) / 020 7409 2992

The End Of Alchemy: An Evening With Lord Mervyn King

The Ri is proud to host a discussion with Lord Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England, about his book, The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy. Most accounts of the recent financial crisis focus on the symptoms and not the underlying causes of what went wrong. But those events…

Thu 30 Mar

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Explosive Food

See food in a new light. Find out about the incredible amount of energy contained in the food that goes in your mouth in this show packed with exciting chemistry and physics demonstrations. One of the Ri's talented Science in Schools presenters will perform a matinee and evening performance of this deliciously interactive…

Mon 10 Apr

£14 (£10; £7) / 020 7409 2992

Fashion, Faith And Fantasy In The New Physics Of The Universe

Can the following of fashion, blind faith, or flights of fantasy have anything seriously to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely not - but Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are as susceptible to these forces as anyone else, and that fashion, faith…

How To Measure The Universe

Our Universe is, at the very least, 100 billion light years - or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 metres - across. But where does this number come from? How can we measure the distance to even the nearest star when we've never visited? And, at a time when cosmologists reckon our Universe may be just one of many in a…

Sat 25 Feb

If Our Brains Are Computers, Who Designs The Software?

There is widespread agreement among researchers in cognitive science that a human brain is some kind of computer, but not much like a laptop. If we look at perceptual experience, and education in particular, as a process of redesigning our cerebral computers, how does the software get designed, and what are the limits of…

A Is For Autism

An estimated 700,000 people in Britian are affected by autism. In this Discourse, Dame Stephanie Shirley will share her hands-on experience of the disorder - providing a virtual reality demonstration of how the world appears to someone on the spectrum; and introducing the robot which teaches at Prior's Court, her…

Fri 28 Apr

£18 (£15) / 020 7409 2992

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A Light On Albemarle Street: John Tyndall And The Magic Lantern

John Tyndall was appointed Professor of the Royal Institution in 1853, and within months was creating spectacular demonstrations using optical projection, culminating in his famous "Lectures on Light" in 1872-3. Using an original tri-unial magic lantern and slides, Jeremy Brooker will show how the lantern illuminated the…

Neuroscience In Society: The Young, The Old And The Ones In Between

What can neuroscience tell us about our brains, at every stage of our lives? Former Christmas Lecturer Bruce Hood presents Jeff Bowers, Maddy Long and Vincent Walsh for an evening exploring our changing minds from cradle to grave. In association with Speakezee.

On Growth And Form: 100 Years Of An Extraordinary Book

2017 marks 100 years since the publication of D'Arcy Thompson's hugely influential book, 'On Growth and Form'. It has been widely admired by scientists, artists, architects and designers in the years since. Join an expert panel led by award-winning writer Philip Ball to discuss its legacy.

Our Idiot Brains

It's common to hear just how amazing, powerful and beyond-our-understanding the human brain is. It's seemingly implied that we should be grateful that such a thing would deign to inhabit our thick skulls. But… what if it's not perfect? What if it's actually rather flawed? In honour of the paperback release of his book…

Fri 24 Mar

£14 (£10; £7) / 020 7409 2992

The Tyrannosaur Chronicles (Over 7s)

Tyrannosaurus is the most famous dinosaur in the world, with its six ton weight and bone crushing bite, but how did the tyrannosaurs come to dominate their prehistoric world? Join palaeontologist Dr David Hone to find about the evolution, ecology and behaviour of this fascinating group of dinosaurs. This talk is…

Thu 20 Apr

Water And Proteins: Insights Into The Physics Of Life

From its effect on protein folding to its work as a universal solvent, the unique properties of water make it an indispensable ingredient for life. In this Discourse, Sylvia McLain will explore the fundamental and mysterious role of water in life

Wi-Fi Wars Debug III: Revenge Of The Bugs

Future-tech videogaming comedy show WiFi Wars returns to the Ri for another fun development night, in advance of their third annual show in the main theatre this July. Be the first people ever to try their newest toys. This event always sells out so book quickly. Hosted by Steve McNeil from the hit TV show Dara O'Briain's…

Fri 10 Mar

Wild World Of Rhinos - Their Moment Of Truth

Join BBC TV Presenters Simon King OBE (Springwatch), Giles Clark (Ingenious Animals) and specialists responsible for saving Africa's rhino populations, including the world's last three northern white rhino. Hosted by Helping Rhinos and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, the evening also offers a drinks reception and an…

Thu 23 Mar

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