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.

Upcoming events


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

Past events

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Science without borders – 9 October 

Our globetrotting, ocean-crossing and jungle-trekking community of worldy scientists shared stories of exploration and adventure: from new, low-cost prosthetics engineered in Cambodia and diet monitoring wearable tech trialed in Ghana. Download the Imperial Lates Science without borders programme‌.

Infectious - 12 November

Our scientists were on hand to enthrall audiences with all things infectious from superbugs to a zombie apocalypse. Atendees met people on the frontline in the fight against infectious diseases. See the full Imperial Lates Programme - Infectious.

Winter Wonderlab – 5 December

Celebrating the chillier side of science. We explored low-temperature physics, the freezing cold of outer space, arctic surveys and glaciology, as well as all manners of sub-zero chemistry. Download the Winter Wonder Lab Event Guide‌.

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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