Imperial’s 'after hours' programme of public celebrations of science returns with four new evenings of discovery.
At Imperial Lates' different research themes have been brought to life by the creativity of Imperial students and staff through live demonstrations, creative workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks.
For the last 6 year’s Imperial’s Main Entrance has hosted regular Imperial Fringe evenings where different research themes have been brought to life by the creativity of Imperial students and staff through live demonstrations, creative workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks.
For 2018/19 a new programme - Imperial Lates - will take everything that has made the Fringe series so popular later into the evening for a more adult audience.
These evenings of discovery will give adult visitors a space to bring out their inner child and have fun with our research, as well as debate the major issues of the day with our scientists and engineers
The Lates series will be run by the College’s Public Engagement team, and represents one way in which Imperial is committed to sharing the wonder of what we do with the wider society.
Interested members of the public can register for any of our Lates via our new Imperial Lates Eventbrite page or find a bit more detail on each theme and topic below.
Greenovate - 18th October 2018
Living office furniture, zero-carbon beer and roving self-powered turbines to collect plastic from the oceans. To mark the Government’s first ever Green GB week Imperial will host a showcase of how innovation and new ideas could help address the major environmental issues we face on both global and local scales. With opportunities to print your own green wall paper designs, help shape the future innovations with our ideas workshop, and a frank discussion on how we tackle London’s air
Xmaths - 6th December 2018
Countdown to Christmas with a festive evening celebration by numbers where you can tackle mind bending puzzles and make your own maths inspired tree decorations. Join our world leading mathematicians for a warming beverage and learn hear how they visualise the equations they mull over, why the idea of inherent maths genius is a myth, and how Maths is being applied to understand everything from black holes to how people behave in crowds.
Smart Fashion - 21st February 2019
What will you be wearing in the future? During London Fashion week, join us to try on the latest wearable technology, new textile materials and intelligent clothing. With digital embroidery workshops, AI fashion consultants and technology trends in trendy technology, dress smart for an evening of smart dress.
Wonder Women - 7th March 2019
An evening with the femmes radicales of science. Inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a women in the modern world. Help us celebrate their amazing achievements, research and innovations, and be part of the conversation about equality across the sciences and the arts. With a packed programme of performances, workshops and talks, join us to learn from each other, chat to the women who dare, and give sexism something to think about.
Follow our hashtag #ImperialLates to find out more and keep updated with Future Fringe programmes.
We cannot put on these events without the precious support of our volunteer community.
Volunteering opportunities will be available again for the 2018/19 Lates programme. You can apply by visiting the the Imperial volunteering page
Past evenings of discovery at Imperial
Explore our inspirational Fringe and Lates events from the past few years.
To mark Imperial Enterprise Week 2018, visitors traveled through the history of Imperial inventions, right up to present-day innovations.
In January 2018 visitors discovered new developments in AI, from virtual PAs and electronic heart surgeons, to a robot companion for autistic children
Walking in the air
In December 2017 visitors took shelter from the cold to breathe in a festive evening and investigate the invisible gases that flow around us
Space Odyssey graphic
In October 2018 we celebrated the conclusion of the historic Cassini mission with a journey around the cosmos
Designs for life
Imperial's Fringe Event took a look at design research across the College, as part of London Design Festival.
On 19 February 2015 art and science combined to create the light-themed Imperial Fringe: Lit Up.
On 11 December 2014, visitors of all ages descended on the College Main Entrance for the Festive Fringe, a seasonal celebration of science.
Feathers, claws and slimy scales were all on show at the March 2014 Fringe event exploring species past and present, on earth and beyond.
The arts experiment 2.0
Imperial Fringe brought art and science together on February 14, showcasing collaborations between societies and Imperial's researchers.
In December 2013 Fluid Thinking explored the complex role that fluids play in our lives.
Your number’s up
The November 2013 event explored the power of big data and a glimpse of research that powers much of modern science and technology.
What makes me me?
The September 2013 Fringe went on tour for the first time, asking the question 'What makes me me?' at the Imperial West campus.
Life as we know it
How synthetic biology can be used to improve our everyday lives was the theme of the March 2015 Fringe event.
The arts experiment
The February 2013 Fringe invited student societies to team up with researchers to find the connections between arts and sciences.
A Feast for the sciences
December 2013 Fringe presented food security and obesity sandwiched between tastings of Imperial honey and sorbets made by a fire extinguisher