Friends of Imperial College has been running events for almost twenty years, bringing the best, most interesting, most challenging and most important scientific developments from Imperial College London to the widest possible audience.

Over each academic year, we organise a whole programme of events - diverse both in topics and types. You can read more about the type of events offered below or from the drop down menu above.


Public lectures

Everyone is welcome to our public lectures. Due to the current restrictions these events are live streamed and FREE for all. Each consists of a presentation from an Imperial expert for around 45 mins followed by Q&A via the chat function.

In-person lectures will resume as part of our programme of events for the spring term of the 2021-22 academic year. These take place in lecture theatres at the South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London. The format is similar but with the added bonus of post-event refreshments in the lecture foyer. In-person tickets range from £10-£15.

We have an allocation of free tickets for schools and students for each public lecture. If you are a school, make sure you register here to get news of when we return to in-person lectures and then you can book for FREE.

With donations from Friends, we are creating our programme of events for the 2021-22 academic year and will launch full details at the end of summer. Have a sneak peek here of some of our lectures planned for the Autumn term. You can already book these in advance!

You can also view recordings on our YouTube channel here of online lectures held over the last year.

Member-exclusive events

Whilst everyone is welcome to our public live streamed lectures, annual Membership of Friends - from only £25 per year - gives you access to so much more! From Behind-the-Scenes events, at Imperial and beyond, to Fireside Chats with experts, from reduced ticket prices when back with in-person events to places for your guests - see your exclusive event formats below.

For Members


We organise exclusive visits for Members to go behind the scenes in laboratories and research institutes at Imperial College London.

Dyson Robotics Centre, Centre for Blast Injuries, Energy Futures Lab and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences are just a few of the departments we have been to so far - and more are coming up in 2021-22!

For Members


Exclusively for Members, visits are hosted by Imperial alumni at external facilities.

Examples of events have included the Diamond Light Particle Accelerator, Harwell Innovation Campus in Oxford, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Orion Laser, Bletchley Park, and JET Tokamak. There will be many opportunities to book further visits in the new programme of events 2021-22.

For Members


Every year, Friends conduct special weekend science tours abroad for small groups of Members to places of scientific interest.

Science tours in the past have included the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, the European Space Agency in Darmstadt and the Gravitational Wave Observatory in Pisa - as well as explanations about how the leaning tower was stabilised. Each group is greeted and hosted by an Imperial expert at the facilities.

For Members


As our Fireside Chats mini-series in summer 2020 was so popular we ran a new mini-series over this summer for Members and their guests.

Live streamed Fireside Chats with Imperial experts were held on the occasional Friday afternoon @ 4pm, featuring more of a short presentation or talk, an informal chat and Q&A with the audience. We also virtually took you abroad with a few guided visits to awesome international scientific facilities.

Check out the chats featured on the Event Archive page. To view the recordings from previous episodes and see which leading figures starred in our first two seasons, click through to the Event recordings page.