Imperial Lates is our after-hours programme of events which celebrate science and engineering. Join us for an evening of discovery as our researchers share the wonder of what they do.


Imperial Lates give you the chance to bring out your inner child and have fun with our research, as well as debate the major issues of the day with our scientists and engineers. Join us for a drink or two as we explore a different theme each night.

Thanks to the creativity of Imperial students and staff, a Lates evening can comprise live experiments, new technology demonstrations, creative art workshops, behind the scenes tours, inspiring talks and so much more!

The Lates series is run by the College’s Public Engagement team, and represents one way in which Imperial is committed to sharing the wonder of what we do with the wider society.

Imperial staff and students can apply to take part in an upcoming Imperial Lates evening by filling in a short proposal form 

Members of the public can register to attend an upcoming Late by following our Lates Eventbrite page, or signing up to Imperial's Events E-bulletin

Recent events

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Science without borders – 9 October 

Our globetrotting, ocean crossing and jungle trekking community of worldy scientists descended on South Kensington to tell stories of exploration and adventure. The public were given a chance to tour the world of science; from new, low-cost prosthetics engineered in Cambodia and diet monitoring wearable tech trialed in Ghana, to oil-spill clean-up sponges developed in India. In Europe, we explored gardening therapy for patients in Italy, whilst in central Asia experts spoke of saving a species of apple tree from extinction.

You can download the Imperial Lates Science without borders programme here

Upcoming events


Infectious - 12 November

Join our ‘infectious’ scientists to get hands on with everything from superbugs to a zombie apocalypse and state of the art diagnostics to STIs. Hear stories from the front line of the fight against disease, watch antimicrobial resistance theatre and try not to spend too long in our Infectious Arcade!

Register to attend Imperial Lates: Infectious

Winter Wonderlab – 5 December

As the nights draw in, we celebrate the chillier side of science. From low-temperature physics and the freezing cold of outer space to arctic surveys and glaciology, via all manner of sub-zero chemistry fun, embrace the cold in our Winter Wonderlab.

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Register to attend Imperial Lates: Winter Wonderlab

Future Commuter – 13 February

If you’ve ever experienced the joys of the London commute or worried about the carbon footprint of a summer getaway, you may have wondered what the future of transport might deliver. Well now is your chance. Travel over to Imperial in February to meet the scientists and engineers exploring the probabilities of our future mobility.

Register to attend Imperial Lates: Future Commuter

Beautiful data – 12 March

Data, data everywhere but perhaps we should stop and think? This most precious of commodities could deliver breakthroughs in medicine and patient care, help us better understand the universe or make our lives easier by training our household devices to know what we like. But does the data revolution also threaten our personal privacy and how much of a say do we have in how our data is used? Explore both sides of this (bit)coin at Imperial Lates.

Register to attend Imperial Lates: Beautiful data

Follow our hashtag #ImperialLates to find out more and keep updated with future Lates


We cannot put on these events without the precious support of our volunteer community.

If you’d like to be a part of the Imperial Lates volunteering team, head over to the Imperial volunteering page for more information