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Imperial Festival 2018

Imperial College London

Saturday, 28 April 2018 at 12:00 - Sunday, 29 April 2018 at 17:00 (BST)

Imperial Festival 2018

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Imperial Festival Admission 26 Sep 2018 Free  

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Make a date with discovery at Imperial Festival - a free weekend of hands on science, new technology, live music, fascinating talks, creative workshops and tasty street food!

Register here to receive previews on the Festival programme and help us track attendance numbers.

Explore the science of drumming, take on a robotic arm at air hockey, or play classic video games or compose beautiful music with just your brain waves. Alternatively learn what impact London is having on our health, try out special air pollution sensors, and find out how you could make your daily commutes a little bit healthier.

The annual Imperial Festival returns for its seventh year on 28-29 April at the College’s South Kensington Campus with a showcase of technological marvels to celebrate of the Year of Engineering, a hands on zone for families, and talks from world-leading thinkers and doers.

The public will also have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and explore the latest research and innovations from Imperial College London though interactive demonstrations, workshops and live experiments.

Creativity and culture will also be at the forefront with vibrant live musical and dance performances, a theatrical performance exploring the boundaries between medicine and the arts, plus delicious treats from some of London’s best street food vendors.

More than 150 exhibits will be on show at the Festival, grouped into themed areas including new zones:

  • The Hands On Zone: An interactive space for all young people, from toddlers to 12-year-olds. It includes Breathing Together – a project investigating childhood asthma created by Okido Studio (the people behind the popular CBeebies TV programme Messy Goes to OKIDO) and researchers from Imperial and other UK research institutions.

  • Spotlight talks: A dedicated space featuring a packed programme of talks by luminaries in the fields of science, technology, health and business – including volcano researcher Dr Christopher Jackson who will share exclusive footage of his expedition to Mount Nyiragongo as part of the BBC 2 documentary, Expedition Volcano. Writer and Call the Midwife star Stephen McCann will also be on campus for a Q&A about his new book Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses.

  • Enginuity: Novel solutions designed by Imperial engineers will be on show in a special zone celebrating the international Year of Engineering. The showcase will feature eco-marathon racing cars, fire tornados, body controlled computer games, and a baby buggy with hazard response.

For all the latest news, sneak previews and behind the scenes photos, you can follow the Festival build up on Facebook and Twitter. And don't forget to share your experiences using the Festival hashtag #impfest


A sign-up process for volunteers will be opened later in the year. Please check back in November or contact us to be added to a mailing list so you’re to be informed as soon as volunteer slots opportunities open up.

Volunteering at Imperial Festival can give you the opportunity to try something new, gain experience, develop skills, improve your career prospects, build confidence, meet new people and have fun! And you get a free Imperial Festival T-shirt!

Please note that registering does not guarantee places on tours or talks that form part of the Festival evening. You will still need to sign up for these upon your arrival

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Imperial College London
Exhibition Road
South Kensigton
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 28 April 2018 at 12:00 - Sunday, 29 April 2018 at 17:00 (BST)

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