Make a date with an evening of discovery
Explore the fun, creative and perhaps unexpected side of science with a free evening of discovery at one of our Imperial Fringe events. Join us as our scientists and their ground-breaking research take a break from the lab for a night of hands-on demos, crafty workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks for all ages to enjoy.
Last year’s year 5 Fringe events saw over 3000 people join us to meet our researchers and learn all about their work.
You can get a better of idea of what to expect from an Imperial Fringe with reports on previous Fringes below.
Imperial Fringe: Intelligence Redesigned
The next Fringe event is scheduled on Thursday 18 January at South Kensington Campus, College Main Entrance, between 17.00 and 20.00.
Artificial Intelligence could solve some of the great challenges of our time, shape tomorrow’s world and even make our home lives that bit more comfortable. Come and find out how!
From virtual personal assistants, electronic heart surgeons, digital film critics and a robotic companion for autistic children with a knack for impressions, say hi to AI and meet the real people behind the latest developments and applications in artificial intelligence at our next Imperial Fringe evening celebration.
The Fringe evening will feature opportunities to:
- Meet Olly, a personal assistant for your home that learns your behaviour and creates its personality based on yours that has been developed by Department of Computing’s Zafeirios Fountas
- Find out how AI is helping neuroscientists investigate how are brains are wired with the Department of Medicine’s Romy Lorenz
- Say hi to a robot called Zeno who is helping with children with autism develop their learning and emotional understanding with Maja Pantic
- Play hockey with the Department of Design Engineering’s Petar Kormushev and Robot DeNiro, our smiley, hat wearing Sports-bot who is using machine learning to improve his puck control
- Have your face 3D scanned by Machine Learning expert Stefanos Zafeiriou and plastic surgeons aiming to improve the outcome
Register here or below and receive a preview of the Fringe programme and news of any offers exclusive to our registered attendees.
*Please note that this ticket does not guarantee places on tours or talks that form part of the Fringe evening. You will still need to sign up for these upon your arrival, on a first come, first served basis.
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Volunteering opportunities are available at this event.
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The Best of the Fringe
Explore our inspirational Fringe events from the past few years.
The Atoms Family
On 16 March Hundreds of Fringe-goers made chemistry their thing at Imperial's molecular-science themed Atoms Family event.
Food of tomorrow
On 25 February Imperial researchers served up an evening on the future of food and how we will feed the next generation.
It is rocket science
On 3 December, Imperial's Fringe provided a unique opportunity to discover how Imperial researchers are uncovering the secrets beyond Earth's orbit.
cities of the future graphic
On 22 October, Imperial's Fringe Event focused on a range of projects and research areas from across the College aimed towards improving city life.
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