Imperial researchers demonstrate their latest technology using fencing

What engagement events can you get involved with?

Here are just a few examples of some of the many diverse engagement events taking place across the College. You can also contact your relevant Faculty or Departmental engagement staff for more information on upcoming events and opportunities specific to your area.

Are you running a regular engagement event at College that you'd like us to feature? Get in touch.

Engagement Day

Our first Engagement Day will be hosted by Professor Maggie Dallman, Vice President (International), Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships). The day will create a space for networking and dialogue around engagement and best practice as well as highlight some of the inspiring activities that are going on both at Imperial and externally.

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018, 11.45 – 17.00

Venue: Lecture Theatre G34, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus

Clare Matterson, Director of Engagement at The Natural History Museum will start the day as our keynote speaker offering the opportunity for Q&A.

A networking lunch will be provided followed by a fast paced pecha kucha presentation session of six engagement projects both internal and external and then you have the option to join one of four varied breakout workshops to further explore engagement.

We will conclude with a panel discussion that will address public engagement as research impact led by Paul Manners, Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), and will include Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) at Imperial, Steven Hill, Director of Research Policy at Research England, and Professor Maggie Dallman, Imperial's academic lead for Societal Engagement.

Session titles will be announced and registrations will open on Monday 14 May 2018.

Imperial Festival

Imperial Festival is a free public event, which is held each at the start of summer on Imperial's South Kensington Campus. Over the weekend-long event, we invite members from across our community to experience our research in science, engineering, health and business up close with the people behind it.  Imperial Festival provides an unprecedented opportunity for staff and students across College to discuss, debate, engage, make and create with thousands of people and put their public engagement skills into practice. It’s a great way to try out your ideas, whether you’re completely new to engagement or you’ve got an idea for a new activity that you want to trial. Every year we welcome proposals from individuals, groups, departments, institutes, centres or collaborations, including ideas for interactive research demonstrations, facility tours, talks, debates, performances, workshops or any other creative ideas for ways of engaging a range of audiences with the College’s work.

Call-outs for proposals typically opens in Autumn, with applications being accepted until December. Keep an eye on College communications such as Staff Briefing, Imperial Spark and the Societal Engagement newsletters for updates. You can also contact the Festival team with specific queries or to be the first to hear about the 2019 event.

There are also always plenty of opportunities for staff and students to develop their engagement skills by volunteering at the event. 


What can you expect from the Festival? Watch the best of #ImpFest 2017.

Imperial Fringe

Members of the public engage with a robot at an Imperial Fringe event

Our free Imperial Fringe evening events are opportunities for Imperial researchers and members of the public to come together and discuss their research. Our Public Engagement Programmes team work with staff and students to develop a theme, activities and talks to ensure that each Fringe event is unique and engaging. Again, they offer an exciting and supportive environment in which to try out your ideas for public engagement.

To find out about the next Fringe event and how you can take part, contact the team.

You can also sign up to the Societal Engagement newsletter to hear about upcoming volunteering opportunities. 

Inaugural lectures

Members of the public watch a lecture

The Inaugural Lecture series provides a unique platform to celebrate newly appointed Professors. Speakers are given a platform to share the stories and insights of their career with a mixture of friends, family, colleagues and interested members of the public. Lectures are free to attend and are now live streamed via YouTube.

Contact the College's central Events team if you’re interested in taking part.