Ministry of sense: Hunting the Higgs

The discovery of the Higgs Boson was one of the greatest and most exciting discoveries of science – could you have made it too? Join the hunt for the higgs in this highly interactive comedy show where you the public are in charge of the Large Hadron Collider. Using a smartphone or tablet you will […]

Ri Lates: Touch and Go

Haptic technologies recreating the sense of touch have revolutionised everything from robotics to medical training. Explore all aspects of touch from neuroscience and perception to virtual reality with talks and activities throughout the Ri. And play with the latest technologies! In collaboration with Imperial College London and Eurohaptics 2016.  

How to know a neutrino from a hole in the ground

Join Nobel Prize winner Art McDonald who will tell the story of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, a Canada-UK-US laboratory 2 km underground. It observed neutrino properties beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particles and confirmed models of the sun with great accuracy. He will also talk about future research at SNOLAB, into Dark Matter particles […]

The extraordinary theorems of John Nash

On 23 May 2015, John Forbes Nash tragically died in a taxi accident, just after receiving the most prestigious award that a mathematician can dream of, the Abel Prize. This tragic episode was the last event in a life which was so full of amazing events that Nash became an icon of human genius, recipient […]

The invisible night sky

Gazing at the night sky with our eyes or telescopes reveals twinkling stars and far away galaxies. But visible light is only a small part of what some of these objects are emitting. Join astrophysicist Jen Gupta to discover views of the Universe at other wavelengths, from familiar objects like our Sun to weird and […]

Fiction Lab

Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science theme. If you’re an interested reader who has something to say, then come along. The format of Fiction Lab is simple. All you need to do is check this webpage for the book choice, read the book beforehand and then […]

Thinking: A user’s guide

There is vastly more going on in our heads than we realise. In this lightning tour of human reasoning, world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett, author of ‘Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking’, shines a new light on the shadowy world of the way we think – and how we can make our lives, and the lives of those […]

The Serengeti Rules

From revealing how inheritance works and developing evolutionary biology to manipulating viruses and bacteria to create products humans need, 20th century biology has been a revolution. In telling the stories of some of the greatest discoveries of 20th century biology, Sean B. Carroll reveals how a few simple rules govern all life on earth, from […]

Return of the modern alchemist: just add water

Water is all around us – most of the planet’s surface is covered with it and it is the main ingredient in you. In this exciting demonstration lecture, Peter Wothers, star of the 2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, will show you some of the surprising properties and reactions of this substance you thought you knew so well. […]

The search for life in oceans beyond

Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbor some of the most habitable real estate in our Solar System. Life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it! Kevin Hand will explain the science behind why we think we know […]

Fiction Lab

Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science theme. If you’re an interested reader who has something to say, then come along. The format of Fiction Lab is simple. All you need to do is check this webpage for the book choice, read the book beforehand and then […]

Ri Lates: Surviving in space

Fifty years since the first space probe landed on the moon, Ri Lates will be exploring space, from the rocket fuel that propels us and the life of an astronaut to the scientific advances our journeys in space have given rise to. What’s life like on the ISS? How do our modern lives depend on […]

Dark matter and dinosaurs: The astounding interconnectedness of the Universe

66 million years ago, a ten-mile-wide object from outer space hurtled into the Earth at incredible speed and destroyed the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. Where did it come from, and why? And how is this connected to dark matter – the most mysterious, elusive stuff in the Universe, […]

Christmas Lectures 2015 Live Screening

You can still be a part of the fun by watching a live feed on the big screen of all the action in the adjacent theatre. Unlike the tickets for the theatre, there are no age restrictions and you don’t have to be a member of the Royal Institution to book tickets so everyone can […]

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Christmas Lectures

This is your opportunity to get involved with the magic of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES. In this hour-long tour of the Royal Institution, find out how the Lectures shape; sneak into the rehearsals, take a peek in our workshop and see how the demonstrations come to life. Discover the history of the Lectures and delve into […]

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Christmas Lectures

This is your opportunity to get involved with the magic of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES. In this hour-long tour of the Royal Institution, find out how the Lectures shape; sneak into the rehearsals, take a peek in our workshop and see how the demonstrations come to life. Discover the history of the Lectures and delve into […]

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Christmas Lectures

This is your opportunity to get involved with the magic of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES. In this hour-long tour of the Royal Institution, find out how the Lectures shape; sneak into the rehearsals, take a peek in our workshop and see how the demonstrations come to life. Discover the history of the Lectures and delve into […]

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Christmas Lectures

This is your opportunity to get involved with the magic of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES. In this hour-long tour of the Royal Institution, find out how the Lectures shape; sneak into the rehearsals, take a peek in our workshop and see how the demonstrations come to life. Discover the history of the Lectures and delve into […]

Andrew Szydlo’s Blaze of Steel

Photo credit: Katherine McAlpine/Royal Institution After the storming success of his family-friendly talk at the Ri itself and online, Andrew Szydlo is back to take us through the fantastic world of steel and iron. Expect spectacular white hot reactions, wacky colour changes and chemical illusions in this demonstration-packed performance.

The oldest light in the universe

In the International Year of Light, join astrophysicist Roberto Trotta to discover what the oldest light in the cosmos, the luminous echo of the Big Bang itself, can tell us about the fundamental nature of the Universe

Fiction Lab

Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science theme. If you’re an interested reader who has something to say, then come along.

Revenge of the microbes (Friday Evening Discourse)

Bacteria are our ancient enemies, evolving ever more clever ways of outmanoeuvring our natural defences and scientific technologies. For millennia, a simple cut or cough could kill. With the development of antibiotics, it seemed we would reign supreme. But now the bacteria are gaining ground.

Fiction Lab

Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science theme. If you’re an interested reader who has something to say, then come along.