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.
You can register your interest in any of our upcoming Lates over on our Imperial Lates Eventbrite page.
Wonder Women - 7 March 2019
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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