The joy of insight is infectious, and we like to blur the line between communication and celebration. Our different types of events include seminars, symposia, Late Night at London Institute, Science and Society, the Grand Tour of Science and Business: Is It Rocket Science?i

  • London Gravity Meeting

    London Gravity Meeting

    Researchers working on all aspects of gravity, from gravitational waves to black holes, discuss the latest developments in their field.

  • HoloUK 2

    HoloUK 2

    Experts in holography, gravity and quantum systems discuss advances in our knowledge of quantum field theory and black hole physics.

  • A monstrous talent

    A monstrous talent

    In the inaugural Simon Norton Lecture, Prof. Peter Cameron celebrates the mathematician's achievements and talks about Norton algebras.

  • St Scholastica’s Feast

    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.

  • London Gravity Meeting

    Researchers working on all aspects of gravity, from gravitational waves to black holes, discuss recent developments in the field.

  • Listening to maths

    The luthier Robert Brewer Young explains the geometry of the violin, with musical accompaniment on two violins made by Stradivari himself.

  • Launching HoloUK

    Experts in holography, gravity and quantum systems discuss advances in our knowledge of conformal field theories and holographic complexity.

  • Danger

    The London Institute hosts a two-day workshop for theorists to discuss and explore the links between data science, AI and pure mathematics.

  • Converging futures

    The London Institute brings together experts from the worlds of finance and AI to discuss the potential and the pitfalls of AI-driven markets.

  • Connected counting

    Number theorists gather at the London Institute to discuss cutting-edge research and present their latest work in this branch of mathematics.

  • Nuclear Now

    The UK premiere of Oliver Stone’s new film, Nuclear Now, takes place in the Lecture Theatre, followed by an interview with the director.

  • Towards fluid computing

    The London Institute hosts a workshop on the Navier-Stokes millennium-prize problem and its connection to fluid computing and machine learning.

  • Bounding Zaremba's conjecture

    Prof. Ilya Shkredov discusses Zaremba’s elegant 1971 conjecture in the theory of continued fractions, and explores the bounds relating to it.

  • Geometry and fluxes

    Prof. Daniel Waldram introduces the formalism and tools for characterising geometries in gravitational theories, such as Calabi-Yau manifolds.

  • A revolution in geometry

    At the Royal Institution's Friday Evening Discourse, Prof. Yang-Hui He recounts the creation of modern physics at the hands of geometry.

  • The imagination machine

    Our Trustee Martin Reeves explores imagination at its core, rethinking previous romantic notions, asking if we can harness it systematically.

  • Design meets mathematics

    Designers and theorists talk about the intersection of design and mathematics in visualisation, architecture, digital design and industry.

  • Conformal bootstrap

    Dr Andreas Stergiou delivers an introduction to the conformal bootstrap method which is used to constrain and solve conformal field theories.

  • Cohomology and sequences

    The London Institute hosts guest speaker Dr Frank Neumann and the London Algebra Colloquium for their final seminar of 2022.

  • Spheres of influence

    The Ukrainian mathematician Prof. Maryna Viazovska, who won this year’s Fields Medal, joins us for a virtual interview and discussion.

  • Strong turbulence

    Over the course of four lectures, Prof. Alexander Migdal will present 35 years of research concerning his new approach to strong turbulence.

  • Evolution and Occam’s Razor

    The algorithmic nature of evolution implies an exponential bias towards simpler phenotypes, explaining an observed preference for symmetry.

  • Black hole microstate counting

    Prof. Sameer Murthy talks about the thermodynamic entropy of a black hole and how to formulate it within a statistical physics foundation.

  • Skyrme theory at 60

    Prof. Nicholas Manton will talk about the 60-year history of Skyrme theory, as he launches his new book on the subject.

  • Sine-Gordon/Thirring duality

    Prof. Alessandro Torrielli talks about integrable quantum field theories and the duality between the 2D Sine-Gordon and 2D Thirring models.

  • AI mathematics

    The London Institute hosts a day symposium on using AI to speed up mathematical discovery, followed by a panel discussion, drinks and dinner.

  • Boundaries in gravity

    The London Institution hosts a one-day workshop exploring the role of timelike boundaries in the context of gravity, followed by drinks.

  • Cheers, Brits and Yanks

    The London Institute welcomes MIT alumni to the Royal Institution to mark Prof. Peter Fisher’s departure as Head of Physics at MIT.

  • Accelerating innovation

    The London Institute and the Ditchley Foundation host an afternoon discussion and drinks on the science of innovation and how to speed it up.

  • Quantifying AI

    Peter Cochrane talks about how quantifying machine intelligence, distinct from biological intelligence, can quell the debate on AI’s future.

  • Uncovering the OS of life

    Breakthroughs in cell programming are kicking off a biological analogue of the silicon revolution, allowing us to predictably engineer life.

  • Cell programming maths

    The London Institute and bit.bio host a two-day international meeting to unravel the theory of cell programming at the Royal Institution.

  • LonTI lecture series

    During spring, the London Institute hosts weekly lectures in theoretical physics for young researchers who are interested in new fields.

  • The science of storytelling

    Prof. Alison Woollard explores the science of storytelling and storytelling in science—a neglected virtue in modern scientific research.

  • The Theory of Everything

    Professor Yang-Hui He tells the captivating story of the holy grail of science: the mathematical quest for a unifying theory of everything.

  • Talking to Penrose

    Sir Roger Penrose talks about physics, philosophy and art in a conversation with Thomas Fink and Yang-Hui He in the Faraday lecture theatre.

  • Mathematics & machines

    Conrad Wolfram describes how two brothers harnessed machines to do mathematics, changing the way we think about computational thinking.

  • Cheers to Brits and Yanks

    Princeton and Caltech alumni celebrate Faraday’s birthday at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, inside the Royal Institution.

  • In search of serendipity

    The London Institute is hosting a lunch at the Royal Institution to promote serendipity between leaders in business, finance and physics.

  • Mathematical Dialogues

    Yang-Hui He co-organises the Nankai Symposium on dialogues between mathematics and physics, with the plenary talk by Sir Roger Penrose.

  • Greek week

    What is the limit to human achievement? To find out, we sent a team to a Greek island for a week to immerse themselves in a single problem.

  • 23 mathematical challenges

    A one-day symposium of physicists and mathematicians to write down a list of the 23 most important mathematical challenges of our time.

  • Superstrings, Calabi-Yau manifolds and machine learning

    In this in-real-life only event, Yang Hui talks about how string phenomenology has led from differential geometry to computational geometry and now to machine learning.

  • Yuletide Winterfest

    The London Institute marks the year’s successes at its Yuletide Winterfest, from 4pm on Friday 11 December—if it can get the spirits out.

  • Mathematics of biological computation and logic

    We’re bringing mathematicians and biologists together to discuss novel techniques for modelling cell biology on Wednesday, 16th September.

  • Reprogramming the cell

    Physicists and biologists discuss theoretical models of cell programming and reprogramming, shaped by experimental innovations at Bit Bio.

  • Modelling in biology

    Scientists discuss the potential of mathematical modelling in biology across problems in cell programming, immunology and gene regulation.

  • Modelling collective human behaviour

    Mathematicians and social scientists discuss quantitative models of group dynamics and emergent behaviour on 30 Jan from 6:30. All welcome.

  • Science of Business IV

    A dinner and discussion about collective imagination, strategies for acting on multiple timescales and how to respond to distant threats.

  • Making sure Skynet behaves itself

    Marc Warner talks about how we should manage the safety of embedded artificial intelligence both individually and on a collective scale.

  • Science of Business III

    A dinner and discussion about speeding up innovation, forecasting technological change and the collective action problem in climate change.

  • Christmas party goes crackers

    The Institute’s Christmas Party continued into the small hours as members served their local delicacies and held a Meccano competition.

  • Science of Business II

    A dinner and discussion about commitment and flexibility, acting on multiple timescales and learning and forgetting in the age of AI.

  • Independence Day BBQ

    Thomas Fink barbeques a Texan lunch in the popular seminar room fireplace as the London Institute celebrates American Independence Day.

  • Science of Business I

    A dinner and discussion about applying principles from evolution and ecology to seemingly intractable problems in business and politics.

  • The future of blockchain

    Scientists and businessmen discuss the use of blockchain technologies across cryptocurrencies, commerce and the analysis of private data.

  • Ransomware and blockchain

    Leaders in intelligence, defence, business and academia discuss the technology behind ransomware and the cryptocurrencies that fund it.

  • Neuroscience and artificial intelligence

    Physicists and neuroscientists and discuss how artificial neural networks can shed light on the working of their biological counterparts.

  • Pure mathematics meets mathematical physics

    Charles Epstein talks about the longstanding fractious but fruitful relationship between pure mathematics and mathematical physics.

  • Ponytail physics

    Robin Ball talks about a theoretical model of fibers in which their elasticity and curliness produce the characteristic shape of a ponytail.

  • Evolution of technology

    Doyne Farmer talks about what technology is and how it evolves and our improving ability to forecast technological change into the future.

  • Multifractal finance

    Tiziana Di Matteo talks about the interdependence of multifractal financial time series and a new way to understand and forecast them.

  • The science of information

    Mark Girolami talks about how information, inference and data analysis drives the digital revolution in part 7 of our Grand Tour of Science.

  • High energy physics

    Neil Lambert talks about subatomic particles and the elusive search for a theory of everything in part 6 of our Grand Tour of Science.

  • DNA and the human genome

    Brian Sutton talks about the path to understanding life, molecular biology and synthetic biology in part 5 of our Grand Tour of Science.

  • Quantum theory

    Chris Pickard talks about how Nature’s mysterious non-determinism is captured by quantum mechanics in part 4 of our Grand Tour of Science.

  • Dynamics of correlated novelties

    Vittorio Loreto talks about the dynamics of correlated novelties in the evolution of biological systems, human society and technology.

  • Relativity and the universe

    Andrew Green talks about the theory of relativity, cosmology and the structure of the universe in part 3 of our Grand Tour of Science.

  • Revolutions in mathematics

    Thomas Fink talks about radical new mathematical developments that set the stage for modern physics in part 2 of our Grand Tour of Science.

  • Classical quantitative science

    Robert Farr talks about the emergence of science from astronomy and the rise of classical physics in part 1 of our Grand Tour of Science.

  • Unraveling the chain fountain

    John Biggins talks about how he solved the mystery of the chain fountain, in which a chain spontaneously leaps up as it flows out of a jar.

  • Calculation and creativity

    Thomas Fink talks about physicists’ inner drive to systematize the world around them and the role of imagination in building theories.

  • From stars and exoplanets to materials that matter

    Chris Pickard talks about materials under conditions so extreme they cannot be studied in the laboratory in our Science and Society series.

  • The Minority Game

    Anthonius Coolen talks about a game of motorways, bars and financial markets solved by the statistical mechanics of disordered systems.

  • Fractal structures and architecture

    Rob Farr talks about the physics of architecture and how self-similar mechanical structures can make seemingly impossible designs a reality.

  • Cyberspace network security

    A two-day workshop funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research on computational topology, game semantics and network security.

  • Ecology, physics and finance

    A lunchtime symposium of physicists and financiers on banking ecosystems, financial risk and the building blocks of economic complexity.