The Royal Institute of
Navigation (RIN) is a London-based learned society with charitable status. Formed in
1947, its aims are threefold:
- To unite all those with a professional or personal interest in any aspect of positioning, navigation and timing;
- To further the development of navigation in every sphere;
- And to increase public awareness of the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing.
The Institute has a worldwide membership of between 2,500 to 3,000. It has branches throughout the UK as well as one in Ireland and one in Croatia, and a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) covering everything from satellite navigation to animal navigation. It organises a variety of events from meetings and visits at branch level to major international conferences. In addition to newsletters produced by the branches and SIGs the Institute publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Navigation News
, and quarterly The Journal of Navigation
. All these publications are distributed free to members.