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Imperial Lates Online: The Sun

Take a scientific journey into the heart of our star.

Join us for Imperial Lates Online as we celebrate the Sun and its life-giving energy. Meet the first stars in the early Universe before taking a trip around our own Sun with the Solar Orbiter mission.

Then follow the light rays back to ancient Earth to meet the first photosynthesizing life, and learn how humans today can benefit from increasing our exposure to sunlight. Finally, look to a greener future with the potential for solar energy ‘when the sun don’t shine’.

Your Sun art

Share your Sun collages from the Sun prints and solar collages make-along event with us by posting them on social media with #ImperialLates or send them to Lates@Imperial.ac.uk

Sun collage by Elaine

Sun collage by Simon

Sun collage by Eva

Sun collage by Kitty

Sun collage by Anna

Sun collage by Sara

Sun collage by Emma

Podcast playback

Take a coffee break and tune in to one of our favourite excerpts from the Imperial Podcast. Follow Imperial’s instrument aboard the Solar Orbiter spacecraft as it takes its first data in space.

Podcast playback

Researcher Interviews Student Takeover

Explore cutting-edge solar research and celebrate inspiring Imperial women in this series of researcher interviews by undergraduate students.

Researcher Interviews Student Takeover

A day in the life of... a plasma physicist

We spoke to Dr Brian Appelbe, to find out all about the fascinating world of plasma physics and his research. We’ll be discussing how we can create the conditions found at the centre of the Sun here on Earth, and what equipment is involved in achieving this incredible feat.

A day in the life of a plasma physicist

A day in the life of... a plasma physicist

Dr. Brian Appelbe talks about his career, giant lasers, and his potentially world-changing field

We spoke to Dr Brian Appelbe, to find out all about the fascinating world of plasma physics and his research. We’ll be discussing how we can create the conditions found at the centre of the Sun here on Earth, and what equipment is involved in achieving this incredible feat.

A day in the life of... a solar energy change maker

A day in the life of... a solar energy change maker

Philip Sandwell explores how we can provide electricity in areas with no access to the national grid

Meet Dr Philip Sandwell, an Imperial researcher looking at how solar energy can provide electricity in rural areas with no access to national grids. We talked to Philip about how we can use smart engineering to solve humanitarian problems and how he got to where he is after starting with a theoretical physics degree! 

A day in the life of... a Bioinformatician

A day in the life of... a Bioinformatician

Discover how Melpi Kasapi’s AI research could help in understanding heart diseases better

Melpi Kasapi is a PhD student whose research focusses on the use of AI and machine learning methods to combine genomic and imaging data from the hearts of people with cardiomyopathies. In this interview, we will delve into what her research involves, what her day-to-day life entails and how to pursue a career in bioinformatics.

A day in the life of... an Immuno-conqueror

A day in the life of... an Immuno-conqueror

Dr Catherine Kibirige talks about her work on HIV and shares her experience as a women in STEM

Dr Catherine Kibirige is a postdoc HIV researcher at Imperial. In this talk, Dr Kibirige shares her journey to become an academic researcher working on HIV, the challenges she overcame to get there, and encourages more girls to go into STEM.

A day in the life of… a vitamin D visionary

A day in the life of… a vitamin D visionary

Get to know Dr Alicia Heath, her research and myth busting Vitamin D!

Are Vitamin D supplements actually beneficial for us? Join us for this interactive interview with Dr Alicia Heath, research fellow in Cancer epidemiology at Imperial College London, who has done extensive research on Vitamin D, and its advantages and disadvantages for many health conditions.