Child at fringe event in mock lab

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 are our monthly, evenings of discovery that give you the chance to explore the latest in science, engineering and more.  It’s your 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.

For the past six years our Imperial Fringe evenings have brought different research themes to life. Thanks to the creativity of Imperial students and staff, we’ve seen live demonstrations, creative workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks for all the family. From Autumn 2018, Imperial Lates will take everything that has made the Fringe series so popular later in the evening for an adults-only audience.

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.

You can register your interest in any of our upcoming Lates over on our Imperial Lates Eventbrite page.

Wonder Women - 7 March 2019

women using vr

Are you in a relationship with your computer? How do you nano-hack cancer? What’s it like at the top of Everest?

Discuss, debate, create and explore at our next Imperial Lates evening of discovery, to mark Women at Imperial Week. From cancer crushers to Everest conquerors and climate warriors to concert pianists, inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a women in the modern world. With a packed programme of performances, creative workshops, talks demos, you won't want to miss it!

 Register to attend Imperial Lates: Wonder Woman


Past events

Greenovate - 18 October 2018


Living office furniture, zero-carbon beer and roving self-powered turbines to collect plastic from the oceans. To mark the Government’s first ever Green GB week Imperial hosted a showcase of how innovation and new ideas could help address the major environmental issues we face on both global and local scales. 

Read all about Imperial Lates: Greenovate

Xmaths - 6 December 2018

A countdown to Christmas with a festive celebration by numbers. Lates visitors got to tackle mind bending puzzles and make their own maths inspired tree decorations. Whilst some of the world’s leading mathematicians discussed how they visualise the equations they mull over, why the idea of inherent maths genius is a myth, and how Maths is being applied to understand everything from black holes to how people behave in crowds.

Read all about Imperial Lates: Xmaths

Smart Fashion - 21 February 2019

What will you be wearing in the future? During London Fashion week, we tried on the latest wearable technology, new textiles and intelligent clothing. With digital embroidery workshops, AI fashion consultants and technology trends in trendy technology, we dressed smart for an evening of smart dress! 

Read all about Imperial Lates: Smart Fashion



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