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The 2019 Festival will take place out on Exhibition road on 28, 29 and 30 June 2019. Watch this space for more information coming soon. 

2018 Highlights

The 2018 Imperial Festival took place on 28-29 April 2018 and was our biggest yet, with a showcase of technological marvels celebrating the Year of Engineering, a new Hands-On Zone for families, an expanded talks programme and a range of interactive workshops. The Festival was an unforgettable weekend which included unique collaborations between Imperial scientists and artists, theatre performers, children’s TV stars and musicians.

Here is an overview of the variety of things that were on show. For more details on all of the interactive zones, inspiring talks, hands-on workshops and live performances, search through the full Festival programme.

Festival Zones

Our nine themed zones were open all weekend and contained hundreds of hands-on demos, interactive experiments and live performances running throughout the weekend.

The Queen's TowerEnginuity – We celebrated the 2018 Year of Engineering by playing quantum bingo, performing robotic surgery, and learning about the future of smartphones and tablets.

Hands On – We invited visitors to make and play with a lively array of science-inspired activities. OKIDO’s Messy Monster was also be on hand to help you learn all about the brilliance of breathing.

Green Futures – This zone showcased Imperial innovations that are improving the health of our planet and ourselves. We heard from start-ups creating water from thin air, constructing low-carbon concrete and cleaning up the city's air-pollution.

Cure-iosity – There was the chance to get arty with new dementia therapies, try your skills on the skins with a science drumming study, and explore all of the other ways in which we’re improving health and healthcare.

Aero – Our AI-controlled helicopter and wind tunnel celebrated 100 years of Aeronautics at Imperial.

Robot – We showcased the latest innovations in robotics, from smart flying drones to high tech medical solutions and innovative artificial intelligence systems.

Superbugs - There were plenty of chances to try your hand at exciting experiments to investigate the inner workings of bacteria.

Reflection – We heard discussion of the big questions facing science and what it means to you, while watching documentaries, listening to podcasts and exploring a special exhibition.

Discovering Worlds – Interactive games and experiments took visitors on a journey of discovery, from the microscopic to the astronomical.