From the ancient Greeks to the modern day, inventions have shaped the way society has grown and the world has progressed, with many of these important developments invented right here at the Ri. Hear from Adam Hart-Davis, get hands-on, see demos, and explore the amazing inventions that have shaped our modern world.
Family Fun Day activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds though older and younger siblings also very welcome. All under 18-year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Adam Hart-Davis is passionate about toilets, and about all sorts of other inventions, from early clocks to Pringle guns and speaking machines. He has written many books about science and history. He likes working from home with his cat sitting quietly on his desk. He was recently awarded the ASME's prestigious Ralph Coats Roe Medal, which recognises outstanding contributions toward a better public understanding and appreciate of the engineer's worth to contemporary society.
Although Anna Ploszajski has the alphabet for a surname, Anna was born and bred in sleepy Bedfordshire. From there she studied Materials Science at Oxford University and in her final year, carried out a Masters project on Polymer Hydride Nanocomposites for Portable Hydrogen Storage Applications at Cella Energy Ltd. Having struck the right balance between science and baking, Cella Energy offered to sponsor Anna through the Industrial Doctoral Centre in Materials Science and Molecular Modelling at UCL. From here it didn’t take long to sniff out opportunities combining her love of music festivals and telling everyone about hydrogen storage, leading her to the UCell team. In her spare time, Anna plays trumpet and electric violin in a covers band, attempts stand-up comedy and swims marathons in North London and very big lakes.
Anna's Research; Solid state hydrogen storage materials and adsorption filtration materials for portable hydrogen-powered applications such as automobiles.
Standard adults £14 // 3 – 18 year olds £7 // + £2.50 MCC Handling fee
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Travel & Directions
The Royal Institution of Great Britain 21 Albemarle Street London W1S 4BS +44 (0)20 7409 2992 +44 (0)20 7629 3569 firstname.lastname@example.org
The closest tube station to the Royal Institution is Green Park on the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. The Royal Institution is a five minute walk from the station. Also within a ten minute walking distance is Piccadilly Circus tube station, on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, or Oxford Circus tube station on the Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines.
There are numerous bus stops along Piccadilly which runs along the entrance to Albemarle Street. Bus numbers: 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38
There is parking for bicycles located around the corner from the Ri, on Bond Street.
Travelling to the Ri by car is inadvisable as there is only limited and expensive parking available nearby. Please note that the Ri is located within the Congestion Charging zone.