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Imperial Fringe: Walking in the Air

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Come in from the cold and breathe in a festive evening celebrating the invisible gases that flow around us, fill our lungs, can knock us off our feet and will determine the future of our climate.

How do we investigate the invisible gases that surround us? How does Christmas affect our atmosphere? Find out as you enter a supersonic wind tunnel, hold a cloud in your hand and explore London’s air pollution and its impact on your health.

'Walking in the Air' is the latest in Imperial College’s Fringe series of public evening events exploring the livelier side of science. Based on the College’s ground-breaking research, the Fringe programme runs throughout the year to give our friends and supporters an opportunity to meet our researchers and find out more about our work.

Walking in the Air will feature a range of talks, demonstrations and interactive science for you to enjoy:

  • Enter the microscale storms inside aircraft engines with Peter Vincent looking at greener, quieter air travel. Talks start at 17:30, 18:05 and 18:40

  • Watch the oxygen bubbling off some of our plant friends with photosynthesis chemist James Murray

  • Enjoy our bubbling algae bioprinters in action and learn their potential use in green wall sensors of air quality with chemical engineer Marin Sawa

  • Decorate our air quality Christmas tree and find out how much pollution we breathe in during that last minute Oxford Street dash with our School of Public Health air quality team

  • Play pool on our lung-shaped table and find out how viruses can cure respiratory diseases with the National Heart and Lung Institute’s Aarash Saleh

  • Create clouds in a bottle and learn why they rain down us from on high with atmospheric physicist Ed Gryspeerdt

  • Hear what really happens when we breathe in tobacco smoke and how we can best protect non-smokers at one of Filippos Filippidis and Anthony Laverty Café talks – starting at 18:00, 18:35 and 19:10

  • Learn how pollution collects and disperses in our urban microclimate with physicist Heather Graven, a bubble machine and a rooftop weather station

  • Enter one of Europe’s longest wind tunnels that tests race cars, buildings & aircraft. Tours leave at 17:20, 18:00 and 18:40

  • Reveal how air flows around you with Sylvain Laizet and a 150 year old photography technique used in wind tunnels to test aircraft

  • See water be conjured out of literal thin air with our student innovators aiming to address droughts around the world

  • Blow up our festive balloons with your concerns and solutions around air quality and pollution in the capital with students behind our science magazine I,Science

Follow us on Twitter at @ImperialSpark or use #impfringe for the latest additions to the Fringe line-up. For more information about the Imperial Fringe series and Imperial Festival visit the Fringe webpages.

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