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    • The desire to inhabit Mars has obsessed both science and our imagination for decades. This conundrum of language, syntax and imagination in terms of paradigms, understanding and fact is explored in a new piece from Imperial artist in residence Matthew Luck Galpin.

      Exhibition For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Discovering worlds zone
    • Make and play with a lively array of science-inspired activities. OKIDO’s Messy Monster will also be on hand to help you learn all about the brilliance of breathing.

      Hands-on, Exhibition For: Family, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Hands on zone
    • Join Doctor Turner from the BBC hit-drama Call the Midwife for a lively discussion about the medical maladies that have shaped his life and that of his ancestors – expect puss, pox and pestilence!

      Talk For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • 12.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Sit down and explore our connection to the cosmos during a screening of award winning documentary, Journey of the Universe.

      Talk For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • 12.30
      • Business School LGR lecture theatre
    • Explore the power of viruses captured through painting.

      Exhibition For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Cure-iosity zone
    • Take a trip through new research showing that magic mushrooms may 'reset' the minds of depressed patients leading to reduced symptoms. The talk will be led by Robin Carhart-Harris, Head of Psychedelic Research

      Talk For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • 13.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Pit your wits against an AI-controlled helicopter and experience a wind tunnel with our celebration of 100 years of Aeronautics at Imperial.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Aero Zone
    • Dirty air, plastic pollution and climate change – we’ve all heard the doom and gloom scenarios for our future, but thanks to new research and understanding, it doesn’t have to be this way.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Green Future zone
    • Witness rockets 'magic' tricks, liquid nitrogen marvels and earth-shaking bangs... this is science at its most entertaining and explosive.

      Hands-on, Workshop For: Family, Adults, Alumni, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Lecture Theatre 200, City and Guilds Building
    • The car fumes and noxious gases that fill our capital can damage our health and shorten our lives. But could they also provide the impetus to rediscover our city’s true purpose?

      Talk For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • 14.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Meet the Imperial people behind the pen, who’ll be discussing their recent science books and programmes in an series of talks organised by Friends of Imperial College.

      Talk For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Spotlight Talks
    • This short drama by Nicola Baldwin and directed by Nigel Townsend explores the relationship between bacteria and their human host through two patients Ray and Mary and their experience of survival and death, hope and fear, knowledge and confusion.

      Performance For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • 15.00
    • Celebrate the 2018 Year of Engineering by playing robotic air hockey, performing VR surgery, or creating your own art-making roving machines in our giant public mass making workshop.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Enginuity zone
    • Get arty with new dementia therapies, try your skills on the skins with a science drumming study, and explore all the other ways in which we’re improving health and healthcare.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Cure-iosity zone
    • Design and build unique squiggling machines and use them to create your own artistic masterpiece!

      Hands-on, Workshop For: Family, Over 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Enginuity zone
    • Enjoy the ultimate journey around the science (and the fiction!) of Star Trek with astrophysicist Roberto Trotta

      Talk For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • 15.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Discuss the big questions facing science and what it means to you, while watching documentaries, listening to podcasts and exploring a special exhibition.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Reflection Zone
    • Meet the scientists behind the science and the students behind the studies. Discover the highs and lows of a day in the life of ….

      Talk For: Adults, Over 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • A Day in the Life
    • Team up and try our escape-room-in-a-bag challenge! Put your science and maths to the test in a race against the clock!

      Hands-on For: Over 10, Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Workshop space 2
    • Grab a lab coat and discover the world of microbes. Try your hands at exciting experiments to investigate the inner workings of bacteria.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Family, Adults, Alumni, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Superbug Zone
    • Meet the bacteria living on your fingertips, watch it grow before your very eyes and make your own bacterium model to take away

      Hands-on, Workshop For: Under 10, Family
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Workshop space 3
    • Imperial researchers become stand up comedians for the afternoon as the 10-year-old live show comes to Imperial Festival for the first time.

      Comedy, Performance For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • 16.00
      • H-Bar
    • Live sets from Imperial researchers, student societies and external acts with a scientific flavour. Expect big bands, a capella and a whole host of musical delights.

      Music, Performance For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Performance Tent
    • Interactive games and experiments will take you on a journey of discovery, from the microscopic to the astronomical.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Sir Alexander Fleming Building
    • Join our Professor of Fire Science to explore how fires start, spread and destroy.

      Talk For: Adults
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • 16.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Check out the latest innovations in robotics, from smart flying drones, to high tech medical solutions, innovative artificial intelligence systems, and much much more!

      Exhibition, Performance For: Adults, Alumni, Family
      • Saturday 28 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Robot Zone
    • The desire to inhabit Mars has obsessed both science and our imagination for decades. This conundrum of language, syntax and imagination in terms of paradigms, understanding and fact is explored in a new piece from Imperial artist in residence Matthew Luck Galpin.

      Exhibition For: Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Discovering worlds zone
    • Make and play with a lively array of science-inspired activities. OKIDO’s Messy Monster will also be on hand to help you learn all about the brilliance of breathing.

      Hands-on, Exhibition For: Family, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Hands on zone
    • Reflect on one of the great space missions of all time and how we can hope to follow it up.

      Talk For: Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • 12.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Explore the power of viruses captured through painting.

      Exhibition For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Cure-iosity zone
    • Written by surgeon David Alderson, this unique play explores the emotional fall-out from mistakes made in surgery from many perspectives – and includes a chance to share your own.

      Performance For: Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • 13.30
    • Robotic surgeons. An AI babysitter. Could we ever trust robots with the things we care about most – our lives and our families?

      Talk For: Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • 13.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Pit your wits against an AI-controlled helicopter and experience a wind tunnel with our celebration of 100 years of Aeronautics at Imperial.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Aero Zone
    • Dirty air, plastic pollution and climate change – we’ve all heard the doom and gloom scenarios for our future, but thanks to new research and understanding, it doesn’t have to be this way.

      Hands-on, Exhibition For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Green Future zone
    • Witness rockets 'magic' tricks, liquid nitrogen marvels and earth-shaking bangs... this is science at its most entertaining and explosive.

      Hands-on, Workshop For: Family, Adults, Alumni, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Lecture Theatre 200, City and Guilds Building
    • Find out how listening to Martian tremors could help us understand Mars’ past habitability for life, and why our solar system neighbour turned out so different to Earth.

      Talk For: Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • 14.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Meet the scientists behind the science and the students behind the studies. Discover the highs and lows of a day in the life of ….

      Talk For: Adults, Over 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • A Day in the Life
    • Celebrate the 2018 Year of Engineering by playing robotic air hockey, performing VR surgery, or creating your own art-making roving machines in our giant public mass making workshop.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Enginuity zone
    • Get arty with new dementia therapies, try your skills on the skins with a science drumming study, and explore all the other ways in which we’re improving health and healthcare.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Body zone
    • Design and build unique squiggling machines and use them to create your own artistic masterpiece!

      Hands-on, Workshop For: Family, Over 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Enginuity zone
    • Written by surgeon David Alderson, this unique play explores the emotional fall-out from mistakes made in surgery from many perspectives – and includes a chance to share your own.

      Performance For: Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • 15.30
    • A temperamental Sun and the Earth’s wobbly journey around it, violent volcanoes, melting ice caps, cow farts, car engines and Donald Trump. Jo Haigh discusses the likely candidates.

      Talk For: Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • 15.30
      • Spotlight Talks
    • Discuss the big questions facing science and what it means to you, while watching documentaries, listening to podcasts and exploring a special exhibition.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Reflection Zone
    • Team up and try our escape-room-in-a-bag challenge! Put your science and maths to the test in a race against the clock!

      Hands-on For: Over 10, Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Workshop space 2
    • Meet the bacteria living on your fingertips, watch it grow before your very eyes and make your own bacterium model to take away

      Hands-on, Workshop For: Under 10, Family
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Workshop space 3
    • Live sets from Imperial researchers, student societies and external acts with a scientific flavour. Expect big bands, a capella and a whole host of musical delights.

      Music, Performance For: Adults, Alumni, Family, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Performance Tent
    • Grab a lab coat and discover the world of microbes. Try your hands at exciting experiments to investigate the inner workings of bacteria.

      Exhibition, Hands-on For: Family, Adults, Alumni, Over 10, Under 10
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Superbug Zone
    • Interactive games and experiments will take you on a journey of discovery, from the microscopic to the astronomical.

      Hands-on, Exhibition For: Family, Over 10, Under 10, Alumni, Adults
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Sir Alexander Fleming Building
    • Check out the latest innovations in robotics, from smart flying drones, to high tech medical solutions, innovative artificial intelligence systems, and much much more!

      Exhibition, Hands-on, Performance For: Family, Adults, Alumni
      • Sunday 29 April 2018
      • All Day
      • Robot Zone