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'Radical Anthropology brings indigenous rights activists, environmentalists, feminists and others striving for a better world together with people of all ages who just want to learn about anthropology. There is always time for questions and discussion after each talk and there are good local pubs for those wishing to socialise into the evening.'

Category Rail Transport

'Railfuture is the UK's leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for passengers and freight. We are a voluntary group representing rail users, with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. Railfuture is a one-member one-vote democracy which is not funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions ...  Our branches are the heart of the Railfuture organisation; our members meet locally to identify local issues and campaign for initiatives which will meet them. Their recent successes have improved the attraction of rail travel. Railfuture has 12 branches in England, plus branches in Wales and Scotland ... There are over 300 Rail User Groups nationally, which campaign for improvements in their own rail services and stations. Many are affiliated to Railfuture.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Railway & Canal Historical Society is for everyone with an interest in the history of transport in Britain — not just inland waterways and railways, but also tramroads, roads, aviation, coastal shipping, ports and pipelines — from pre-Roman times to the day before yesterday ... The Society has a number of Regional Groups ... These exist to provide a focal point for members and to organise meetings and visits in the proximity of where they live. Society members do not join these Groups, and all members and their guests are welcome (indeed, encouraged) to attend any meetings or events that interest them regardless of its geography.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society was founded in Cheltenham in 1928 at a time when there was little official information published about locomotive stock, their allocations or regular duties. The Society set about rectifying this by members writing to each other, the publishing of a magazine and some meetings organised around the country ... Move on to the present day and the Society is still going strong with 3000 members ... Our branches hold meetings at least monthly in the season at over thirty centres and in the course of a year host over 200 presentations on a vast range of railway subjects covering the modern scene as well as history and nostalgia subjects.'

Category Modern History

'Devoted to encouraging the widest possible participation in historical study and debate. It is an outreach and research centre supported by a two-way partnership between Birkbeck, University of London and Queen Mary, University of London, dedicated to exploring public, interdisciplinary and experimental history across periods and regions.'

Also indexedBirkbeck, University of London | Queen Mary, University of London

'Born in 1885 in Fleet Street, London, the RA has been promoting reason, science and humanism and standing up to irrationalism and religious intolerance ever since. We currently publish New Humanist magazine in print and online.'

"I've often defined my own social purpose as the creation of an educated and participating democracy"

​'The commitments of the Raymond Williams Foundation (RWF) are specifically within the spheres of Adult Education, community based and collective learning - the overall purpose of the RWF being to support the realisation of the "Long Revolution" (evoked in the quote above), for which Williams advocated though his work and throughout his life.'

Category London

Member of the Railway & Canal Historical Society Grouping

Normally offer 'a range of events for members and the public ... including an annual course of lectures for new beekeepers, giving them the basic knowledge needed to set up a colony of bees in the Reading area, a mentoring service which pairs new beekeepers with experienced association members, online educational courses for more experienced beekeepers who want to develop and deepen their knowledge of bees through study, and evening lectures giving entertaining and useful insights into the art of beekeeping'.

Category Local Heritage

'The Friends of Reading Abbey was founded to promote awareness of the Abbey’s importance, to encourage interest in and understanding of its history and architecture, and to support the preservation of the ruins.
It sponsors public lectures on subjects associated with the history of the Abbey twice a year; publishes a regular newsletter and organises a summer outing.'

Category Reading

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

Category Reading

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Berkshire Grouping

'A Lovely Local Astronomy Society ... We are a group of Amateur Astronomers in the Redditch and Bromsgrove area aiming to provide a friendly community for like minded enthusiasts We currently meet on the first Monday of each month (except August) for member nights and lectures. Meetings run from 7pm until 9pm. As a group we are interested in a variety of astronomy related subjects at all levels.'

Category Local Heritage

'Redfern’s Cottage features five museum galleries that chart the story of Uttoxeter from a small Anglo-Saxon settlement to the modern town of today ... Join us for our Uttoxeter inspired events programme from lectures and performances to walking tours and re-enactments taking place at Redfern’s Cottage and in Uttoxeter. Plus during the school holidays we’ll have a range of drop-in activities perfect for families. Events are free.'

Category Local Heritage

'The Regency Society was founded to protest against the potential destruction of Brighton and Hove's historic heritage, and we still work to ensure that our historic townscape and buildings are protected by contributing to Council discussions, promoting our views and advocating good practice. Our interest is not restricted to the Regency period despite our name. We are keen to support the construction and conservation of high quality townscape and buildings from every era and have a lively interest in the future development of our town and the issues which confront it in the 21st century ... We hold regular lectures, discussions and social events throughout the winter months.'

'The Reith Lectures were inaugurated in 1948 by the BBC to mark the historic contribution made to public service broadcasting by Sir John (later Lord) Reith, the corporation's first Director-General. John Reith maintained that broadcasting should be a public service which enriches the intellectual and cultural life of the nation. It is in this spirit that the BBC each year invites a leading figure to deliver a series of lectures on radio. The aim is to advance public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest.'

Category Europe

'The two countries may have had an intimate and enduring set of relationships over two millennia and more but the impact of these relationships has been virtually ignored by academic researchers in the nineteenth and for much of the twentieth centuries. Each has generally been examined through its relationship with England, and it is only in the last twenty years or so that researchers have realised a better understanding of both Ireland and Scotland could be achieved by exploring their relationship with each other.'

'An organisation providing a platform for the dissemination of hidden knowledge incorporated in myth and legend, number and geometry, art and music. architectural proportion, megalithic structures and the geomantic layout of cities and landscape.'

Category Cardiff

Member of the Photographic Societies - South Wales Grouping

Category London

Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Grouping

'In the belief that many features of the traditional accounts of the character and career of Richard III are neither supported by sufficient evidence nor reasonably tenable, the Society aims to promote, in every possible way, research into the life and times of Richard III, and to secure a reassessment of the material relating to this period, and of the role of this monarch in history ... The Richard III Society functions at a local level, both within the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world, through its regionally organised Branches and Groups ... The activities usually combine a programme of meetings and talks and, in the UK and Europe, visits to Ricardian sites.'

'Rooted in Richmond Upon Thames, providing a window on the world, we bring writers and communities together. We're a hub of thought-provoking experiences for bookworms, arts lovers and discerning minds. Whether you’re an avid reader or seeking literary inspiration, join us for entertaining and meaningful events.' Normally held Mid November.

'The Society exists to promote interest in and understanding of science in all its disciplines, and to provide grants for purposes of educational support to local schools ... In normal circustances we meet once a month at 8pm on a Wednesday.'

Provides a unique mix of daytime walks and evening talks to both inspire and invigorate you: Be inspired: meet celebrated authors, discover new ones and engage in a full programme of evening book events, and the occasional afternoon talk; Be invigorated: explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in autumn - enjoy daily walks for amblers, ramblers and serious walkers led by friendly guides, keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the Dales.' Normally held Mid September.

'Risca Industrial History Museum houses one of the best collections of artifacts relating to the industrial heritage of the South Wales valleys ... Oxford House Industrial History Society was formed in 1971 following a course of lectures given by the late Ray Bowen on industrial archaeology at Oxford House Adult Education Centre. The Museum displays its collection of artefacts, memorabilia and photographs illustrating some of the industrial history of the area: coal mining, the iron industry, tram roads, railways etc ... OHIHS meet in the Risca Colliers Institute, home of the Risca Industrial History Museum.'

Category Local Heritage

'The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. Once the site of one of the great religious spas of the ancient world; the people of Roman Britain came to the site to worship the goddess Sulis Minerva and bathe in the waters of the natural thermal springs, which still flow with hot water today.  Today visitors can explore the Roman Baths complex, walk on the original Roman pavements and see the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva. The museum collection, located next to the bathing complex, includes a gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artefacts.'

Category Europe

'Throughout the years we have been developing a collaborative network of interests and opportunities for the Romanian community living in the UK, contributing to England's multicultural milieu. We facilitate cultural exchanges between Britain and Romania, constantly aiming to improve our relationship. RCC also provides an up to date Guide containing information about Romanian institutions, organisations, businesses and services in the UK.'

'Exists to raise the prestige of romantic fiction, and to encourage romantic authorship. We champion the quality and diversity of romantic fiction. We are a professional body primarily for writers of romantic fiction. We also welcome publishing professionals, booksellers, book reviewers and writers in other media as associate members. The RNA has around 1000 members, including writers across the spectrum of commercial and women’s fiction, and we host events across the UK ... RNA events are open to members and non-members.'

'A community of people who help each other with their family history. It has many millions of postings and hundreds of thousands of members worldwide. The idea is simple. You ask your question, and others try and answer it for you. In a similar way, you may see somebody else's discussion and add to it in your own way. As RootsChat is a very busy site, you may receive your first response to your question in a few minutes. You will probably get several responses as more people try and help you.'

'William Roscoe (1753-1831) was the son of a publican who indelibly transformed the cultural life of Liverpool. Described as "Liverpool’s greatest citizen", he was a man of many talents: a champion of freedom for all, a poet, writer, scholar, patron of the arts, bibliophile and botanist ... The Roscoe Lecture Series was launched in November 1997 to provide an open platform for debate on topics of public interest. Today, they are one of the UK’s largest public lecture series, regularly attracting audiences of over 800 people. The Roscoe Lectures play an important part in the intellectual life of Merseyside, helping to foster informed debate, broaden horizons and perspectives, and uphold the crucial spirit of intellectual inquiry and free speech in which Roscoe passionately believed.'

'Officially known as the Rhondda Rose Society, we are the biggest of our kind in Wales. In an attempt to widen our audience and attract new members, we took the decision to rebrand the society online as the Rose Society of Wales. At our rose festival, social events and meetings we will continue to be known as the Rhondda Rose Society.'

Category Booksellers

'Rossiter Books is a family run business that prides itself on being at the centre of the community. We have bookshops in Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and Leominster. At Rossiter Books you can expect a friendly welcome, expert advice on books and an extremely high level of customer service. We also hold regularly author events and, outside of pandemics, run a regular monthly book group from each shop.'

'The Academy undertakes a range of activities to ensure that engineering is at the heart of policy-making, providing authoritative, impartial advice and expertise. We bring together leading engineers from across all disciplines to work together on issues of national and global importance. We set the agenda for education and diversity in UK engineering and technology and are an advocate for the need to plug the engineering skills gap ... Events and meetings are currently being hosted virtually for all of the Academy’s major areas of work, including innovation, talent & diversity, policy and public engagement.'

'The United Kingdom currently boasts the largest national aerospace industry in Europe and the second largest in the World. The Royal Aeronautical Society has a large number of branches serving all the major hubs of aerospace activity throughout the UK, represented by a diverse range of members from technical, military, and enthusiast backgrounds.'

Category Africa

'We are a membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today. Through our events, publications and digital channels we share insight, instigate debate and facilitate mutual understanding between the UK and Africa.'

'The world's longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology (the study of humankind) in its broadest and most inclusive sense ... The Institute's regular special lectures comprise the Huxley Memorial Lecture (delivered annually), the Presidential Address (delivered at least once in each presidency) and the Henry Myers and Curl Lectures (given in alternate years). Other special events are organised from time to time, and are widely advertised.'

'The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles. Through our annual publication of the Archaeological Journal and our programme of monthly lectures, we have a strong tradition of presenting archaeological research. We also give grants to enable research projects, host conferences and run specialist tours for our members to archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes.'

Category Asia

'The Society provides a forum for those who are interested in the history, languages, cultures and religions of Asia to meet and exchange ideas. It offers lectures and seminars and it provides facilities for research and publishing.'

'The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science ... The RAS runs, sponsors, or otherwise supports, a wide range of meetings, including a major programme of regular monthly meetings held October to May covering all aspects of astronomy and geophysics.'

'Delivers world-leading plant science, conservation and education programmes. Our mission is to "Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future" ... We provide a diverse range of formal and informal education programmes for people of all ages and all levels. From primary school to PhD, amateur or professional, RBGE is committed to lifelong learning. The landscaped Gardens, botanical collections and expertise of RBGE staff offer one of the world’s best resources for learning about the natural world.'

Our gardens date back to the early 18th century, as a royal palace to today's globally renowned scientific institution for plant and fungal research ... Get closer to our scientific and horticultural work with our expert-led talks and lectures ... Since 1871 the Kew Mutual Improvement Society has been running an annual lecture season to boost your knowledge of the plant and fungal kingdom.'

'The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (The Caley) is Scotland’s national horticultural and gardening society. Members include both amateur and professional, generalists, specialists and many others who simply like gardens and gardening. We aim to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of all types of horticulture and to advance education in gardening and horticulture for everyone ... The Caley offers an exciting programme of talks, over the winter months from October to March. Whatever your horticultural interests are, there will be something to interest you.'

'Our objectives are "to advance learning, knowledge and professional competence particularly in the fields of fine arts, in the principles and practice of art and design in their relation to industrial and commercial processes and social developments and other subjects relating thereto, through teaching, research and collaboration with industry and commerce".'

Category Music and Dance

'Research at the Royal College of Music embraces the creative, cultural and scientific study of music. Our thriving community of researchers works on a diverse range of projects in musicology, performance science, music education, composition and performance.'

'The landscape and built heritage of Wales result from people’s interaction with the natural world over thousands of years. Since it was established in 1908, the Royal Commission has led the way in researching and explaining the remains of that interaction – the archaeology and the historic buildings we see around us.'

'Our purpose is to promote the study of economic science. With over 6,000 members worldwide, we are one of the oldest economic associations in the world ... Our popular annual conference provides a forum for research, debate, and networking. We also provide resources for economists and support for education and the training of students, teachers and researchers. Increasingly we are focussed on improving the public understanding of economics through engagement with schools and the wider public.'

'As a charity, learned society and professional body, we reach millions of people each year through our work in advancing geography and supporting geographers.'

'The RGSC is a registered charity and the objects set out in the charity's governing document are to encourage the popular study of geology and related sciences, with special reference to the geology and mining interests of Cornwall; to afford opportunities for instruction and to preserve geological knowledge in the society's transactions and encourage via the website the publishing of papers regarding Cornish geology and to encourage geological field meetings.'

Category Modern History

'Founded in 1868, the Royal Historical Society (RHS) is a successful learned society, membership organisation and charity with a 150 year history. Today, the RHS is the UK’s foremost society working for historians and history ... The Royal Historical Society runs a varied programme of events throughout the year, including our own prestigious lectures, and twice-yearly symposia hosted by history departments around the UK. The Society also provides a listing of history-focused events across the UK.'

'The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This vision underpins all that we do – from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes. We are committed to inspiring everyone to grow ... The RHS owns five gardens across the UK ... We also work in partnership with more than 200 Partner Gardens giving our members free access at various times of the year. Through our gardens, we help gardeners across the UK and overseas by providing access to diverse plant collections, examples of innovative and attractive planting design and good horticultural practices. They all hold regular talks, demonstrations and walks ... We also link to community groups through the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme and a host of Affiliated Societies.'

'Founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost Institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment ... Upcoming events in Scotland for architects, architectural practices and people interested in architecture.'

'As the Royal Institute of British Architects, we want to make architecture accessible to everyone ... We can help you discover architecture in person or online, through exhibitions or events, with our extensive programme and resources ... Our extensive network of regional offices, branches, partnerships and International Chapters help us connect with a growing community of architects and related professionals across the globe, and bring people together through their shared interests in architecture and the built environment.'

'Our vision is to be an inclusive group of diverse disciplines working together for a more navigable world ... The RIN has regional Branches in some of Britain's navigation hotspots, as well as some in Europe. Any member who lives in an area where the RIN has a regional Branch automatically becomes a member of that Branch when they join the Institute. Branch members get access to a lively programme of events in their area, designed to target the navigation issues and history of the region ... Membership of RIN is open to all. If you're curious, which we hope you are, we would love to hear from you.'

‘Since 1925 the Royal Institute has been dedicated to the advancement of philosophy. Each year we sponsor hundreds of free, open philosophy events, bring critical thinking to more than a thousand young people in schools, publish books, journals, and videos -- and much more ... Membership to the Institute is open to everyone.‘

Category Aberdeen

'Philosophy has been taught at the University of Aberdeen since King's College was founded in 1495, and Aberdeen philosophers played a central role in the Scottish Enlightenment ... Today, philosophy at Aberdeen is a vibrant, diverse, and active department. It hosts the Centre for Knowledge and Society which brings together scholars from different disciplines. The aim of the Centre is to investigate and address societal challenges by using a wide range of philosophical resources ... We organize a regular visiting speakers’ series funded by the Scots Philosophical Association and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.'

 

Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Grouping

'Founded in 1835 by an outstanding group of scientists, technologists and historians who wanted to share and extend their knowledge. Among other things they founded and built what is now Swansea Museum. Today the RISW combines several roles: * We share knowledge across all fields, including history, current issues and science & technology; * We have a special focus on Swansea and its area, especially its local history; * We act as the official Friends of the Swansea Museum. We welcome anyone interested in Swansea and in promoting education and knowledge to join us.'

'Science and its applications have an enormous impact on all our lives, but in order to maximise the potential of science for the benefit of social wellbeing, cultural enrichment and economic prosperity, there is a need to create a two-way debate between science and society, relating science to people's everyday lives ... You can take part in live events with the world’s leading thinkers as well as explore the history of the Ri in greater depth at the Faraday Museum. On the Ri YouTube channel you can catch up on events, as well as watch the best science videos on the web. We are also continually increasing the number of films available in our CHRISTMAS LECTURES archive.'

'The UK’s Professional and Learned Society for weather and climate. Working to strengthen the science and raise awareness of the importance of weather and climate, support meteorological professionals and inspire enthusiasts ... Our members include professionals, academics, students, teachers, enthusiasts and observers who all share a passion for meteorology, climate or related sciences ... The Royal Meteorological Society has a number of local centres across the UK, where meetings are held throughout the year ... Like the Society itself, Local Centres are particularly dependent on the active participation of members. Volunteering at a local centre is a great opportunity to network and share your interest of meteorology with like-minded individuals.'

'Has been at the forefront of microscopy and imaging since 1839. We are the only truly international microscopical society, drawing distinguished members from all over the world. We serve the needs of our company members who represent all the major manufacturers and suppliers of microscopes, equipment and services. The Society provides a great community for microscope users, with a busy calendar of training courses and networking events each year.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'The UK’s foremost society for numismatics – the study of coins, medals and related currency items. Founded in 1836 as The Numismatic Society of London, today’s Society is international in subject and membership ... Its lectures and publications deal with Classical, Asian, Medieval and Modern coins, paper money, tokens and medals. Fellows include scholars and enthusiasts from around the world.'

'Meetings are held from September to June, normally on alternate Thursdays. They are of two types: the first is of a formal nature, at which one or more papers are read accompanied by displays by individual members, and usually starts at 5 pm; the second consists of a display of stamps, postal history etc. in the frames contributed by one or more members, with or without a written paper. This meeting is open from 1 pm to 6 pm. Tea is served to members and their guests at all meetings ... It is not necessary for a prospective member to be an advanced philatelist.'

Category Music and Dance

'The Royal Philharmonic Society is for people who love music - whether you listen to it, perform it, compose it, study it, explore it, or simply cherish it. We believe that classical music enriches all our lives and we work together to ensure it has a vibrant future ahead. Our membership comprises music lovers across the UK and internationally, as well as amateur and professional musicians. Those who govern and run the organisation each lead lives committed to music too.'

Founded 1802: 'Authoritative, interactive talks given by world-leading experts ... Membership brings free access to all talks as well as other benefits. After each talk you can meet the lecturer and other society members over a glass of wine'.

Category Music and Dance

'An independent educational charity whose mission is to "promote the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship". We support churches, musicians, and church communities of all kinds, by ensuring that they have access to the relevant support, training and education resources to sustain them now and into the future.' The RSCM organize occasional series of Lunchtime Lectures: 'Covering a variety of aspects of sacred music, our experts will each deliver a lecture of approximately 45 minutes followed by a Q&A session to allow direct audience engagement'.

 

Category Arts and Crafts

'The International Centre of Excellence for the Art of Hand Embroidery since 1872 ... We offer a thriving education programme for everyone from beginner to degree level. We teach Online and onsite at venues across the UK in Hampton Court Palace (London), Portsmouth, Bristol, Rugby, Durham and Glasgow as well as internationally in America and Japan. We also host an annual Summer School ... The RSN also hosts Online Talks featuring some of our 4,000 Textile Collection pieces which gives attendees the opportunity to see some of the stunning, and often rare, pieces in close detail. Our exclusive Talks focus on life at the RSN both past and present, our acclaimed methods of teaching and the embroidery techniques we’re most famous for.'

'We are a dynamic educational charity with far-reaching influence and a mission to inspire and inform. By thinking geographically, championing good practice, working with leaders and experts, and engaging with public audiences, we are precisely placed to inform policy, influence joined-up decision making, and inspire action, all to help address national and global challenges. We use our networks, knowledge and reputation to shape positive, practical policy solutions ... We run the best national talks programme in Scotland, Inspiring People, with illustrated talks from September to March each year. Our inspiring speakers – explorers, scientists, artists, academics, naturalists, leaders, communicators and enthusiasts – bring us amazing stories of journeys and adventures, and refreshing insights into current issues.'

'The Society was founded by the great Scottish physicist and natural philosopher Sir David Brewster in 1821 as an '"mproving society" dedicated to the promotion of invention and enterprise. Its original name - "The Society for the Encouragement of the Useful Arts in Scotland" - showed that it was concerned with the fields that we would now describe as science, technology, engineering and manufacture, but which were then known as the useful arts, as opposed to the fine arts ... In more recent times, the Society's meeting programme has been based on lectures given by expert and often distinguished speakers. The lectures cover a wide range of scientific and technical topics, but still with the original aim of keeping the membership informed about current concerns in science, engineering, medicine, and often with a topical edge. '

'We create world class theatre, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We perform plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as commissioning a wide range of original work from contemporary writers. Our purpose is to ensure that Shakespeare is for everyone, unlocking the power of his plays and live performance, throughout the UK and across the world.'

Category Asia

The RSAA’s objective is to advance public knowledge and understanding of Asia through its worldwide networks, its public events, its publications and its support to research.

'RSPH is one of the world's longest-established public health bodies - with roots extending all the way back to the mid-nineteenth century and the passing of some of the very first Public Health Acts in modern history. We have evolved into a contemporary, forward-thinking organisation - tackling the public health issues our members care about ... RSPH organises a variety of public health related events throughout the year. Many are open to professionals or the general public, while others are exclusive to RSPH Members.'

'We believe in the power of ideas. We believe that everyone has a right to the very best new knowledge and analysis of our world, how it’s changing, and why that matters. RSA Events has offered free public access to the brightest, sharpest, most courageous, most creative minds for more than 250 years. Today, we engage more people than ever in the conversations that will shape the future, finding new ways to illuminate, inform and inspire. From talks, panels and podcasts to salons, screenings and award-winning animations.'

'The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations. Individual members include practising scientists, students at all levels, professionals in academia, industry and education, and non-professionals with an interest in biology ... The RSB has a vibrant network of regional activity. Our branch committee arrange local events which are a great way to develop professional contacts and to share interests.'

'Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste. Whether studying the chemistry of life, or developing the advanced science behind modern technology, chemical scientists use their expertise to improve our health, our environment and our daily lives. Collaboration is essential. We connect scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.'

'Founded in 1820, the RSL is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature. We act as a voice for the value of literature, engage people in appreciating literature, and encourage and honour writers. Today, alongside our world-class events programme, we support authors both established and emerging with awards and grants, and manage an outreach programme to inspire the next generation of readers and writers.'

'The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence ... We run an exciting programme for members of the public to engage with cutting-edge science and meet outstanding scientists. Our public events programme and Summer Science Exhibition give people a chance to learn about major discoveries and discuss the implications for our world.'

'The Royston Pike Lectures were first introduced by Edgar Royston Pike, formerly Chairman of the Esher Council, as the "Esher Library Lectures" in the late sixties. In 1974, Elmbridge Borough Council changed the title of these lectures to the "Royston Pike Lectures" in appreciation of his 20 years work on the Library Committee.'