15 Feb 2013
The Royal Institution (Ri), is an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. For 200 years, the Ri has been at the forefront of science communication. Probably best known for its Christmas Lectures, the Ri runs events and activities to engage the general public with science, including a programme of activities specifically aimed at young people.
The Ri houses one of the most important scientific collections and archives in the world and maintains the free Faraday Museum, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the world-changing science that's happened at the Ri since 1799.
The Ri is also a membership organisation that is open to anyone interested in science and its impact on the world. There are a range of membership options including individual, corporate and student memberships.
Recent press coverage has revealed that the Royal Institution is facing financial hardship that could result in it losing its iconic Mayfair building.
There is a campaign currently running to help save this great institution with support from well-known science communicators such as Lord Winston, Profs Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalili, Mark Miodownik, Harry Kroto and Martyn Poliakoff. You can find out more on the Royal Institution website.