Friends contributes to the public understanding of science, technology and medicine through talks and visits exploring the latest discoveries and developments. Our aim is to entertain and inform non-specialists and experts alike.

Everyone who is curious about science is very welcome to come and socialise with our speakers and guests.

Register to  receive updates and book public events or you may wish to  join as a Member.

Come to our talks

Hear world-class scientists unveil brilliant discoveries and developments in science, technology, engineering and medicine. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to enjoy thought–provoking talks amongst Friends at our public lectures. Explore and book one of our public talks here.


Author: John Talbot

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Register for email updates and reminders of our public lectures. Be the first to find out about public events and learn from leading figures in their fields, hear about the latest research and results from world-class academics. Already know a little? if you have an enquiring mind and want to know more then come to our events!



Join Friends

Join as a Member to enjoy almost a 60% reduction on ticket prices for our public lectures. Access special Member-only events, including visits to laboratories and research establishments in the UK and abroad hosted by leaders from academia and industry.


Author: John Talbot

Our events

  • Faculty of Natural Sciences Research Showcase 2019

    Join a full day of presentations and stimulating discussions with the academics, research fellows and prize-winning PhD students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Read more

  • Behind-the-scenes @ Surrey Satellite Technology

    An exclusive Behind-the-scenes visit to one of the world's leading small satellite companies has been arranged for Members of Friends of Imperial College and their guests. Read more

  • Black holes, entropy and strings

    Hear why black holes are amongst the most extraordinary objects in the universe Read more

  • Behind-the-Scenes @ Physics Plasma Group

    A Members-only exclusive Behind-the-Scenes visit to the largest university-based pulsed-power generator, MAGPIE, at Imperial College London Read more

  • Drugs, booze and politics: finding a balance

    Professor David Nutt, a well known proponent of drug law reform, talks about drugs and politics. Read more

  • Cure: mind over body

    At a Member-only soirée author Jo Marchant talks about alternatives to prescription drugs and asks the question: can our minds really heal our bodies? Read more