Now the Royal Institution can focus on real science

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 14:21 in Mathematics & Economics

The Royal Institution is better off without Susan Greenfield, writes Martin Robbins. It can now concentrate on its core purpose: communicating scienceThat the Royal Institution is experiencing financial difficulties will come as a surprise to anyone who has made the mistake of offering to buy a round of drinks in its fancy new bar. But the reality is that Baroness Susan Greenfield's departure comes after the 211-year-old charity plunged more than £3m into the red after an expensive renovation of its premises. I've visited Albemarle Street twice since the revamp. Every event finishes the same way – a long, shuffling queue running the length of the building to the auditorium from the understaffed bar. Boredom at one end of the queue turns into panic at the other as the punters realise that a bottle of beer and a glass of white wine is going to leave them with the debt...

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