St Scholastica’s Feast
7 pm, 26 Jan 2024
We hold an annual formal dinner in our rooms, to mark the anniversary of our founding and affirm our belief in the importance of community.
The London Institute for Mathematical Sciences was founded in 2011 and incorporated on 10 February. This marked the birth of Britain’s only non-university research centre for physics and mathematics. The date is also the feast day of St Scholastica, who lived in Italy in the 6th century AD and is the patron saint of learning and Benedictine nuns.
One of the few surviving stories about St Scholastica is that one night, after her brother St Benedict had dined with her, he rose to leave. She prayed to God to make it rain, so he would feel forced to stay longer and they might continue their conversation. So it came to pass. St Scholastica is therefore indelibly associated with evenings filled with good conversations, which continue into the night.
To celebrate our founding, and our belief in the importance of community, we hold an annual St Scholastica’s Feast in our rooms at the Royal Institution. This formal dinner is for our scientists and staff, as well as a handful of distinguished guests from the worlds of science, business and the arts. It takes place on a Friday near the day of our incorporation.
The dinner is at 7 o’clock on Friday, 26 January, 2024. Dress is black tie. It is held in the London Institute’s rooms, on the second floor of the Royal Institution. It starts with drinks in the Tyndall room, followed by dinner in the Bragg room, then dessert in the Faraday room.