Imperial College London

Why we've signed the Manifesto?

"Public engagement is an essential way for today's universities to connect with society and earn their 'licence to operate', so I am delighted to make this formal commitment to it at Imperial. Many of our researchers, staff and students already work with public audiences, demonstrating great skill, creativity and passion. I look forward to Imperial building on their efforts and providing stronger support for them, and experimenting with new ways of engaging with a diverse range of audiences."

Sir Keith O'Nions, Rector of Imperial College London

Our approach to public engagement

Imperial College London is committed to engaging with public audiences about the relevance of its research to society. This commitment builds on the skilled and creative ways that Imperial researchers and students already engage with public audiences, and is described in more detail in the final chapter of the 2010-2014 College Strategy.

Examples of public engagement at Imperial College London

Science Museum Exhibits

Imperial researchers discuss their work with the public in collaboration with the Science Museum, as part of an exhibit about their discoveries in the Who am I? gallery.

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Reach out Lab

Lord Robert Winston, Imperial's Professor of Science & Society, leads a hands-on master class for children in the College's Reach Out Lab - a purpose-built laboratory for hosting school pupils.


Imperial College Opal

Imperial is a partner in the Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL), which involves members of the public in research by encouraging them to collect data for local and national projects to build up a more detailed picture of England's natural environment.

Photo courtesy of OPAL (Open Air Laboratories).

Imperal college racing greenRacing Green

Engaging with the public about low carbon vehicle technologies was an important aspect of Imperial’s Racing Green Endurance team's recent journey down the Pan-American Highway in their all-electric supercar.  

Imperial college science as styleScience in Style Fashion Show 

A pop-up catwalk in Imperial's Main Entrance to demonstrate spray-on fabric from the Department of Chemical Engineering inspired audiences from industry, academia, fashion and the media during London Fashion Week.

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Clinical Senior Lecturer Mr Alistair Hart spoke with public audiences at the 2010 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition at London's South Bank about his research on why some hip replacements fail.


Name: Natasha Martineau

Title: Head of Research Communications

Tel: 020 7594 6707