Child at fringe event in mock lab

Make a date with an evening of discovery 

Explore the fun, creative and perhaps unexpected side of science with a free evening of discovery at one of our Imperial Fringe events. Join us as our scientists and their ground-breaking research take a break from the lab for a night of hands-on demos, crafty workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks for all ages to enjoy.

 Last year’s year 5 Fringe events saw over 3000 people join us to meet our researchers and learn all about their work.

 You can get a better of idea of what to expect from an Imperial Fringe with reports on previous Fringes below.

Imperial Fringe: Invention Dimension

Drop in for a look at 150 years of Imperial inventions. From the idea that saved 100 million lives, to tech start-ups and London’s future innovators

Wednesday 21 March at South Kensington Campus, College Main Entrance, between 17.00 and 20.00.

Imperial College London is synonymous with innovation, inventions and new ideas as much as academic breakthroughs. On 21 March, we will celebrate our innovative past, present and future with a one-night only celebration, the latest in our Imperial Fringe series.

See artefacts from our 150 year history, get hands on with the latest Imperial inventions and start-up tech, and meet the next generation of student innovators coming through our Imperial College Advanced Hackspace showcasing their prototypes and game-changing ideas. Throw in talks from tech futurists, workshops to bring out your inner creative innovator, and a Perkin-inspired mauveine block printing art station, and it promises to be an inspiring night!

The Fringe evening will feature opportunities to:

  • Enjoy an exhibition of Imperial’s innovative past, with artefacts including Fleming’s microscope and the world’s first synthetic dye. Talk with historians and the scientists who are still making use of these great innovations today.
  • Discover your ‘Inner innovator’ with workshops run by ThinkCafe founder and Imperial alumni Tim Craske.
  • Meet today’s Imperial innovators and their products including the next generation of gamified psychometric testing, and a multisensory cloak that interacts with the virtual world to bring training or physiotherapy sessions to life.
  • Get arty in our innovation-inspired workshop where you can block print with Perkin’s royal purple, and bring embroidery into the 21st century with Sabina Weiss’ Remaster tech.
  • Look to the future with student innovators coming through our Imperial College Advanced Hackspace who will be demonstrating and discussing their inventions and prototypes.
  • Hear from our Enterprise Lab and the student using it to develop their business ideas in our talks programme which will also feature Biotech futurist and Imperial alumni Elsa Sotiriadis discussing biohacking and opportunities for inventors and entrepreneurs in the ‘technology of life’

Register for this Imperial Fringe to receive a preview of the full programme of live demonstrations, workshops and talks, and help us track attendance numbers.

*Please note all Fringe workshops during the evening will be run as drop in events with spaces allocated on a first come serve basis.


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