The Royal Institution of Great Britain

The Royal Institution of Great Britain

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain

The Royal Institution (Ri) is an independent centre for the celebration of science, technology and innovation, led by eminent neuroscientist Baroness Greenfield CBE. We aim to promote science in all its aspects, from cutting-edge research in our on-site laboratories, to our unique history showcased through interactive exhibitions and over 250 public science events each year for adults and children. The televised Christmas Lectures for Young People are our flagship events, shown on national television each year. The lectures set the standard for educating children about science using exciting live demonstrations, experiments and audience participation.

Since its establishment in 1799, the Ri has been at the forefront of groundbreaking research and discovery. 14 of our scientists have won Nobel Prizes and 10 chemical elements have been discovered here. Michael Faraday’s famous and world-changing work including the invention of the electricity generator emerged here, as well as Sir Humphry Davy’s miners’ safety lamp. At the heart of all our activities is the communication of science to a public audience, and our vibrant refurbished building will provide many exciting opportunities for listening, thinking and talking about science and its impact on our lives.

  • Science for Schools

    The Royal Institution Science for Schools programme offers students unique educational opp... More