The Royal Institution of Great Britain

The Royal Institution of Australia is a sister organisation to the world-renowned Royal Institution of Great Britain (RiGB) and, as such, shares in its impressive tradition. The RiGB was established in 1799 by a group of distinguished scientists who met at the home of Joseph Banks, famed explorer and naturalist, who was a botanist on board HMS Endeavour, Captain James Cook’s first scientific expedition to the South Pacific.

For more than 200 years, the RiGB has been at the centre of scientific research and the communication of science in the UK. Scientists at the RiGB have been awarded 14 Nobel Prizes and have identified 10 chemical elements.

Many major discoveries have been made within RiGB’s walls. These include the identification of sodium and potassium by Humphry Davy; electromagnetic induction by Michael Faraday; the structure of benzene by Kathleen Lonsdale (under William Henry Bragg as Director); and the first determination of enzyme structure by David Phillips (under William Lawrence Bragg). Indeed, Adelaide’s Nobel Laureate father and son team, William and Lawrence Bragg provide an enduring link between our two institutions.

Many of the scientists associated with RiGB were excellent communicators who could inspire audiences with an appreciation of science. It is this tradition which The Royal Institution of Australia aspires to continue in Australia.

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Who We Are

The Royal Institution of Australia is Australia’s unique, national science hub, promoting public awareness and understanding of science.

Based in Adelaide, but with a reach around the country and throughout the world, RiAus is Australia’s unique, national science hub.

Bragg Members

The Royal Institution of Australia invites outstanding scientists and science communicators to become Honorary Bragg Members.

The Royal Institution of Australia invites outstanding scientists and science communicators to become Honorary Bragg Members.

Organisation

Our Patron: HRH the Duke of Kent, the Governing Council and key staff that make up The Royal Institution
of Australia.

Our Patron: HRH the Duke of Kent, the Governing Council and key staff that make up The Royal Institution
of Australia.

Corporate

We value and work collaboratively with all our Corporate and Institutional members to create rewarding partnerships.

We value and work collaboratively with all our Corporate and Institutional members to create rewarding partnerships.

RiGB Connection

We are the sister organisation to the world-renowned Royal Institution of Great Britain and, as such, share in its impressive tradition.

We are the sister organisation to the world-renowned Royal Institution of Great Britain and, as such, share in its impressive tradition.

Support Us

Our supporters help keep Australia’s Science Channel free, and support the continued work of The Royal Institution of Australia.

Our supporters help keep Australia’s Science Channel free, and support the continued work of The Royal Institution of Australia.

Internships

Gain experience at one of Australia’s leading science communication organisations. View our current internships available here.

Gain experience at one of Australia’s leading science communication organisations. View our current internships available here.

Annual Reports

The Royal Institution of Australia's Annual Reports provides an overview of our activities. View and download our Annual Reports here.

The Royal Institution of Australia's Annual Reports provides an overview of our activities. View and download our Annual Reports here.