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Imperial Lates

Imperial Lates give you the chance to 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, performances and so much more!


6pm - 9pm | Various dates below | College Main Entrance, South Kensington Campus


 5.30PM - 9.30PM

Science without borders - 9 October 2019

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 Mozambique and diet monitoring wearable tech trialled 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 - 12 November 2019

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 - 5 December 2019

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

Future Commuter - 13 February 2019

If you’ve ever experienced the joys of the London commute, sat in traffic on the M25 or worried about the carbon footprint of a summer get away, 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 - 12 March 2019

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 and phones 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.

Volunteer Roles 

There are lots of different roles available at the festival all of which are vital to creating a positive experience for all:

  • Welcoming visitors to Imperial
  • Assisting with visitor queries at the information tents 
  • Helping to supervise one of our Festival Zones, ensuring that both researchers and the public have everything they need 
  • Supporting behind the scenes with set up or on the day in backstage staff, performer or volunteer space

Contact us

If you have any questions about volunteering, take a look at our FAQs or get in touch with Emma Slater at

Public Engagement volunteer at an Imperial Lates event