In 2014 we are pleased to celebrate the achievements of women in science today with our first ever all women line-up for a year of Friday Evening Discourses.

Over the course of the year, leading scientists from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland will give a Friday Evening Discourse – a traditional monthly lecture open to both Ri members and non-members - on cutting-edge science in areas as diverse as crystallography, molecular evolution, the neuroscience of memory, genetics and obesity, geometry and electrochemistry.

Our 2014 speakers include Lesley Yellowlees, the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry; Pratibha Gai who was named the 2013 European Laureate in the 15th annual L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards; and Sophie Scott, well-known neuroscientist, columnist and stand up comedian.

We’ll be filming more events and adding to the collection on an ongoing basis – watch this space or sign up to the Ri Channel newsletter.

For details of upcoming Friday Evening Discourses, and to book tickets, visit the What's On section on

Did you know Ri members get FREE tickets to all Friday Evening Discourses? Find out more about becoming an Ri member

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2014 Friday Evening Discourses

The Ri celebrates women in science with its first ever all women line-up for a year of Friday Evening Discourses.

Pratibha Gai

Prof Pratibha Gai, Friday Evening Discourse speaker and winner of the L’Oréal – UNESCO European For Women In Science Laureate 2013. Credit: Julian Dufort for the L’Oréal Foundation