Make a date with an evening of discovery
Fringes are Imperial’s free evening events where different research themes are brought to life by the creativity of Imperial students and staff through live demonstrations, creative workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks.
Whatever your age your age, background or level of interest, our doors are open on Fringe nights. There is something for everyone to enjoy!
At Imperial we passionately believe that science and engineering is for everyone. Our Fringes are a chance to see exactly what our world-leading researchers are working on wand our enthusiastic scientists, engineers and clinicians not only love what they do, but also love sharing their work with as many people as possible.
Last year’s four Fringe were enjoyed by over 2,500 members of the public. They included a journey to the stars celebrating the conclusion of the Cassini mission, a chance to say to AI with an exploration of artificial intelligence, and an atmospheric evening investigating the science of air.
In 2018/19 the Fringes will include a contagious exploration of infection, a science fashion show, and a celebration of Imperial’s pioneering and inspiring female researchers.
The next Imperial Fringe
The Fringe programme for 2018/19 will be announced shortly. Check back here later in the Summer for full details
Follow our hashtag #impfringe to find out more and keep updated with Future Fringe programmes.
We cannot put on these events without the precious support of our volunteer community.
Volunteering opportunities will be available again for the 2018/19 Fringe programme and details of individual roles and how to apply will be announced here shortly
Explore our inspirational Fringe events from the past few years.
To mark Imperial Enterprise Week 2018, visitors traveled through the history of Imperial inventions, right up to present-day innovations.
In January 2018 visitors discovered new developments in AI, from virtual PAs and electronic heart surgeons, to a robot companion for autistic children
Walking in the air
In December 2017 visitors took shelter from the cold to breathe in a festive evening and investigate the invisible gases that flow around us
Space Odyssey graphic
In October 2018 we celebrated the conclusion of the historic Cassini mission with a journey around the cosmos
Designs for life
Imperial's Fringe Event took a look at design research across the College, as part of London Design Festival.
On 19 February 2015 art and science combined to create the light-themed Imperial Fringe: Lit Up.
On 11 December 2014, visitors of all ages descended on the College Main Entrance for the Festive Fringe, a seasonal celebration of science.
Feathers, claws and slimy scales were all on show at the March 2014 Fringe event exploring species past and present, on earth and beyond.
The arts experiment 2.0
Imperial Fringe brought art and science together on February 14, showcasing collaborations between societies and Imperial's researchers.
In December 2013 Fluid Thinking explored the complex role that fluids play in our lives.
Your number’s up
The November 2013 event explored the power of big data and a glimpse of research that powers much of modern science and technology.
What makes me me?
The September 2013 Fringe went on tour for the first time, asking the question 'What makes me me?' at the Imperial West campus.
Life as we know it
How synthetic biology can be used to improve our everyday lives was the theme of the March 2015 Fringe event.
The arts experiment
The February 2013 Fringe invited student societies to team up with researchers to find the connections between arts and sciences.
A Feast for the sciences
December 2013 Fringe presented food security and obesity sandwiched between tastings of Imperial honey and sorbets made by a fire extinguisher