Imperial College London

President & Rector expresses his thanks after roaring success of Festival


Imperial Festival

Imperial's President & Rector today extended a big thank you to everyone who took time to make this year's Imperial Festival such an enjoyable event.

The Festival, which ran from Friday 3 May to Saturday 4 May, showcased the best of Imperial with hands-on science demonstrations, music, comedy, dance and art for all ages.

See some of the highlights including demonstrations, experiments and interviews at this year’s Festival in the video (below).

Sir Keith O’Nions, President & Rector, said: “I would like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy lives to make this year’s Imperial Festival such a successful and memorable occasion.

"It made me very proud to see staff and students representing every single academic department across the College, engaging with thousands of visitors in creative and imaginative ways.

"The Imperial Festival is a tremendous opportunity for the College to showcase its activities to a whole host of guests including our alumni and the general public.

"I would like recognise the talent, energy and dedication of everyone who helped to bring the campus to life and create such a warm, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere."

This year, approximately 10,000 visitors attended the Festival, which was 50 percent up for alumni and other guests from last year.  It was organised and run by more than 400 academics, staff and student volunteers from the College.

As a measure of success of the event, the Festival catering stalls sold over 3,000 meals and drinks. More than 160 Imperial T-shirts were also sold, with proceeds going to the Rector’s Scholarship Fund.

Tell us what you thought

Natasha Martineau, Festival Director, says “We are seeking feedback from everyone who worked at and visited the Festival this year, and have commissioned independent evaluators to research and analyse feedback and opinions. We really need a high response rate for this research to be meaningful and would therefore be grateful if you could complete a short feedback survey. All responses to the independent evaluation will be completely anonymous. We’re very interested in your honest opinions, so please be as truthful as possible.”

Survey if you worked at the Festival:

Survey if you visited the Festival: (includes the chance to win a personalised magical mystery tour of Imperial).

Please forward this link on to friends, family or colleagues who came to the event.

Festival photos

The full set of official Festival images is now available to staff and students via the College’s Image Library at (Please note that there is currently a fault with the image library that sometimes makes it appear as if login has not worked. Please click your browser’s back button and retry – the second attempt should log you in. You need to have a College login to access the library).


Colin Smith

Colin Smith
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