About the Ri
The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We’ve been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.
We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.
Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES, talks from leading scientists and thinkers, explosive science shows, engaging school programmes, the Faraday Museum, our archival collections, and our innovative digital engagement activities, including live-streamed talks and our YouTube channel, which has over one million subscribers.
The Ri’s large Grade 1 listed multi-purpose building on Albemarle Street, Mayfair is open to the public and acts as a busy events venue, as well as providing office accommodation for the Ri team and commercial tenants.