Meet the science authors at the Imperial Festival

Saturday 9th May 2015 @ 13:00

Friends present the inaugural science books strand of the Imperial Festival programme in collaboration with the College.

Make a date with discovery and enjoy the livelier side of science at the 2015 Imperial Festival this May, bringing you ground-breaking research, music and art, talks, dance and workshops.

If you've ever wondered what your brain waves look like, how bacteria move around or what would happen if an asteroid hit the Earth, then we've got the Festival for you. This free event is now in its fourth year, and opens over an entire weekend for the first time – no booking necessary. Open to all, come and enjoy a packed programme of talks, tours, workshops, performances and hands-on activities. Find the full programme details here.

The Imperial Festival is open:

Saturday 9 May 12.00 – 18.00

Sunday 10 May 12.00 – 17.00

Friends are running a series of talks at the Imperial Festival on Saturday 9 May in collaboration with the College.


You will be able to hear Imperial researchers talk about their recently published popular science books in 'Meet the science author' sessions, buy their books and get your copies signed.


The sessions take place from 13.00 to 17.00 in the lecture theatre of Skempton Building on the Saturday afternoon.*

Each session will feature 30 minutes conversation between author and interviewer, 10 minutes Q&A in the lecture theatre followed by book signings with the author in the foyer. Their books can be purchased on the day or brought in advance to be signed.


We will also have our Friends of Imperial College stand in the foyer giving us an opportunity to meet many Friends – and some new ones.

There is no advance booking: places for each session will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

13.00 - The Edge of the Sky

Cosmologist Dr Roberto Trotta talks to New Scientist Managing Editor Rowan Hooper about how he junked the jargon to explain the Universe using only the most common 1,000 words in the English language.

14.00 - The Burning Answer

Energy expert Professor Keith Barnham describes his vision for solar power in conversation with Physics alumnus John Evans in this user’s guide to the solar revolution.

16.00 - The Lagoon

Biologist Professor Armand Leroi talks with writer and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford about Aristotle’s forays into biology, which feature in Leroi’s latest book – described as “classical scientific travel writing”.

17.00 - The Water Book

Join physics alumnus Alok Jha as he spills the beans on his forthcoming book about the wet stuff with Stephen Curry, Professor of structural biology at Imperial College London.

 *Friend’s sessions will take place at the Festival on the Saturday only. The Imeprial festival is open on Saturday and Sunday.




Venue: Skempton Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London

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