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.

Attendees at Imperial Lates looking at colourful conical flasks.Our Imperial Lates give you the chance to bring out your inner child and have fun with our research, as well as explore and discuss 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.

Open to all, anyone with a curious mind is welcome to get hands-on with our research, brought to life through live demonstrations, creative workshops, interactive experiments, inspiring talks and so much more!

Register to attend an upcoming Late by following our Lates Eventbrite page or signing up to Imperial's Events E-bulletin.

Upcoming events

Beautiful Data – 12 March

Data, data everywhere but perhaps we should stop and think? This most precious of commodities has delivered breakthroughs in medicine and patient care, expanded our understanding of the universe and makes our lives easier by training our household devices to know what we like. But does the data revolution also threaten our privacy and how much of a say do we have in how our data is used? Explore both sides of this (bit)coin at this Imperial Lates.

Find out what your phone or virtual assistant says about you or immerse yourself inside the giant 313-degree screens of our Global Data Observatory, before putting on your detective hat and hunting for clues of a cyber-attack.

Data meets art in our hands-on creative workshop space, while our packed talks programme will look at NHS data in healthcare, the influence of gender on AI, and concerns around voice-activated devices in our homes.

So join us for a drink, a discussion and maybe even a little dance, as our DJ spins digital-jazz and electronic hits.

Advance registration is currently sold out. There will be a limited number of additional spaces on the night. If you have not pre-registered, we recommend arriving after 7pm.

Woman at an Imperial Lates event making an origami virus.

Past events

Science without borders - 9 October

Our globetrotting, ocean-crossing and jungle-trekking community of worldly scientists shared stories of exploration and adventure: from new, low-cost prosthetics engineered in Cambodia and diet monitoring wearable tech trialed in Ghana. Download the Imperial Lates Science without borders programme‌.

Infectious - 12 November

Our scientists were on hand to enthrall audiences with all things infectious from superbugs to a zombie apocalypse. Attendees met people on the frontline in the fight against infectious diseases. See the full Imperial Lates Programme - Infectious.

Winter Wonderlab – 5 December

Celebrating the chillier side of science. We explored low-temperature physics, the freezing cold of outer space, arctic surveys and glaciology, as well as all manners of sub-zero chemistry. Download the Winter Wonder Lab Event Guide‌.

Future Commuter – 13 February

If you’ve ever experienced the joys of the London commute or worried about the carbon footprint of a summer getaway, you may have wondered what the future of transport might deliver. Our scientists and engineers showcased the probabilities of our future mobility and our expert panel questioned whether driverless cars are a good idea. See the Imperial Lates programme - Future Commuter.


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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 wider society. But we can't do it alone! These events are made possible by the amazing support of our volunteer community.

If you’d like to be a part of the Imperial Lates volunteering team, head over to our volunteering page for more information.

Imperial staff and students can propose an activity for an upcoming Imperial Lates event by filling in this short proposal form.