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!
Imperial staff and students can apply to take part in an upcoming Imperial Lates evening by filling in a short proposal form
Science without borders – 9th October
Our globetrotting, ocean crossing and jungle trekking community of worldy scientists descend on South Kensington to tell stories of exploration and adventure. This is your 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 will be exploring gardening therapy for patients in Italy and bumblebee surveys in Arctic Sweden, whilst saving a species of apple tree from extinction in central Asia.
Infectious - 12th 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!
Winter Wonderlab – 5th 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.
Future Commuter – 13th 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.
Beautiful data – 12th 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.
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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
Past evenings of discovery at Imperial
Explore our inspirational Fringe and Lates 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