The History of Scientific Philanthropy

Royal College of Science

(Fireside) places exclusively for Members and their guests

The enthralling story of the history and impact of philanthropy in science across the world.

Michael Murphy, Vice President (Advancement), member of of the President’s Executive Group, Imperial College London.

Michael Murphy joined Imperial College London as Vice-President (Advancement) in June 2019. Michael is a member of the President’s Executive Group and is responsible for the College’s Advancement function, encompassing all aspects of alumni relations, events and development.

Michael has worked with scientists and leading educational institutions throughout his career. He has led fundraising campaigns across the world, and has worked and studied in cities as diverse as Chicago, Dublin, London, Washington DC, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Michael was previously the chief development officer at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, chief executive of the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew , director of development for the Royal Society, deputy chief executive officer at Dublin City University Educational Trust, and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Antioch College in the US.


This Fireside Chat is part of our very own mini-series over summer, an exclusive programme of FREE Member-only events.

Live streamed Fireside Chats with Imperial experts will be run on the occasional Friday afternoon @ 4pm, featuring more of a short presentation or talk, an informal chat and Q&A with the audience. We will also virtually take you abroad with a few guided visits to awesome international scientific facilities!

Check out our other Fireside Chats episodes here.

If you are already a Member you are welcome to book FREE (fireside) places below for you and your guests. You will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link and login instructions one day before the event, plus a helpful reminder on the day!

If you are not a Member and would like to book for this chat, as well as enjoying the wide range of other benefits annual Membership brings, visit the 'Join Friends' page here.

Simply book a Membership from only £20 per annum, and then book a ticket or two from the list below.

Due to their very nature, places round these exclusive firesides are limited in number so do book early for these!

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Event Schedule

  • 3 September 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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