Imperial researchers demonstrate their latest technology using fencing

What engagement events can you get involved with?

These 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.

Great Exhibition Road Festival

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free public event that in 2019 saw 60,000 people attend and engage with some of the incredible work we do. Put on in collaboration with the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the V&A amongst others, this event celebrates all things art and science. Taking place in the summer, we invite the public to experience our research up close with the people behind it. The Festival provides an unprecedented opportunity for staff and students to discuss, debate, engage, make and create with thousands of people and put their public engagement skills into practice.

Why not 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, we welcome proposals from across the college for interactive research demonstrations, facility tours, talks, debates, performances, workshops or any other creative ideas. Make sure to keep an eye on College communications such as Staff Briefing, ImperialSpark and the Societal Engagement newsletter for updates.

The proposals process for Imperial staff and students to submit event ideas for the Festival weekend has now closed but new opportunities to be involved in the Festival, including volunteering, will be shared closer to the Festival date. There are lots of other ways to be part of the Festival too. You can help out and have fun as one of our amazing volunteers. If you would like to contact the Festival team, please email

Imperial Lates

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

Our free Imperial Lates events are fantastic opportunities for Imperial researchers to engage with members of the public in an exciting informal environment. We work with staff and students from across the College to develop event themes, activities and talks to ensure that each Lates event is unique and most importantly, fun! They are a light-hearted and supportive chance for you to try out your engagement ideas.

Coming up:

  • Thursday 9 March 2023, 6-9pm: Play

Interested? Contact us at to find out more about how to get involved and sign up to the Societal Engagement newsletter to hear about all upcoming opportunities. 

Discovery Days

Young girl smiling at the camera when joining in an activity at White City campusBe part of a festival-style Discovery Day at our White City Campus. Discovery Days are your opportunity to take over our Invention Rooms and share your research and passion with the local community. We provide resources and can support you to develop hands-on activities, engaging research demonstrations, talks, performances, workshops or any other creative ideas you have, to make your vision a reality.

Discovery Days are aimed at families and children in and around White City. They present a unique opportunity to engage audiences that might not otherwise take any notice of STEM, making that engagement all the more meaningful and impactful.

Does your research team want to get involved? Get in touch with us for more information.

White City Workshops

A young boy makes a robot out of straws and cupsWith our expert knowledge and resources, we can help you design and deliver engaging STEM workshops for family audiences in and around White City. These workshops can be run during half terms, holidays or as part of our Discovery Day family festivals.

Workshops are a fantastic opportunity to deliver creative and memorable public engagement. Typically, they are around 2 hours long for about 40 people. It might sound scary at first, but don’t worry, we will be on hand to support you and can give you training to boost your confidence. We promise it’s a lot of fun.

You don't need experience to apply. You or your team can work with the Public Engagement Programmer at the Invention Rooms to develop the content, resources and the activity. Contact us for more information or to get involved.

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.