Month: October 2019

Submit your proposals for the Great Exhibition Road Festival

The Great Exhibition Road Festival in 2020 – Submit your proposals here

  • Imperial bring back Festival of Science and Art after hugely successful first year.
  • The Great Exhibition Road Festival will return from 3th –5th of July 2020 with opportunities for Imperial teams to get involved in the Saturday and Sunday

This summer Imperial partnered with 20 neighbours across Exhibition Road and South Kensington, including some of the world’s most iconic museums and institutions, to create a unique festival. Over 50,000+ people attended the first ever Great Exhibition Road Festival to enjoy a mixture of art and science, culture and local history, technology and curiosity. You can learn more about the 2019 festival by watching this highlights video.

Festival returns in 2020!

Now the Festival has been confirmed as an annual tradition in this part of the capital, Imperial’s Festival organising team are seeking proposals for 2020. Staff and students are encouraged to submit ideas for research demonstrations, talks, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, music and dance performances, and any other contribution that might entertain and inspire the public.

For further details on the sort of contributions Imperial staff and students can make to the Festival, and specific requests for the type of content we would like to see more of in 2020, please download our Guidance document for the 2020 Great Exhibition Road Festival proposals process.

The deadline for proposals to be submitted is 12 Noon, Tuesday 26th November 2019

Supporting your application

If you want to take part in next year’s Festival but are not sure what to do. Or if you have an idea but not sure if it will work or how to make it happen, there are a few options:

  1. Festival Proposals Clinics – We are hosting two of these in November where the Festival organising team will discuss the different ways the Imperial community can get involved and answer any questions or respond to any ideas you might have. You can register for these by clicking on the following links:
  1. Art and Science Matchmaking session – If you are particularly interested in collaborations with any of our Festival partners, we are hosting a Great Exhibition Road Festival art and science match making session. This session will be run to generate unique Festival contributions that represent a creative or artistic approach to engaging the public around a scientific discipline or an area of College research. To take part, attendees will be required to:
  • Work with a Festival partner to come up with a brand new engagement project
  • Contribute some funding or budget towards financing the collaboration
  • Bring along an open mind to listen to the creative experts and artists in the room and talk openly about potential collaborations
  • Add their name to the guest list by emailing the Festival team at

We look forward to working with you on this truly unique event!


The Imperial Public Engagement Team


The Festival schedule will include opportunities for Imperial teams to get involved in the following Festival openings:

  • Saturday 4th July (from 10:00) – Imperial alumni preview (only relevant to certain parts of the Festival)
  • Saturday 4th July: (from 11:00 – 17:00) Festival open to the public
  • Sunday 5th July: (from 10:00) – Community and inclusivity preview (only relevant to certain parts of the Festival)
  • Sunday 5th July: (from 11:00 – 17:00) – Festival open to the public


Venue: Exhibition Road (+ the public spaces located within the buildings of the Festival partners) London,

Invitation from the Imperial Enterprise Lab

Join us for the WE Innovate: Future Forecast on the 6th November 2019 (6pm start)!

Highlighting tech trends and celebrating women-led start-ups, this event kicks off with leading tech journalist Gemma Milne sharing tech trends to watch. Following this, you’ll hear from women from Imperial leading innovative tech start-ups. You can look forward to hearing from Letizia Gionfrida, Founder of Arthronica, and Zainab Ahmed and Pashiini Supramaniam, Co-Founders of QuickCount.

More information and event ticket registration can be found here.

This event takes place as part of WE Innovate, an initiative supporting women to develop their skills, networking and start-up ideas. There are lots of great WE Innovate events coming up in the next few weeks ranging from leadership talks to ideation masterclasses. Find out more about these and WE Innovate at

Call for Applications: Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience

The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invites applications for postdoctoral research scholar/scientist or associate research scholar/scientist positions to begin July 2020. Interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions are available in the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in either (1) a humanities, arts, or social science discipline – such as psychology, psychiatry, public health, law, history, economics, literature, political science, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, journalism, music and the arts ― and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, neuroscience research; OR (2) neuroscience or a related discipline in the natural sciences and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, another discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. These Scholars will join an innovative program, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, which includes up to nine postdoctoral Scholars and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019, and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates must hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, DPhil, EdD, Jd, MD, etc.) by July 1, 2020, and must have received this degree after July 1, 2015.

Please visit our online application site at for further information about this posting and to submit your application. For more information about the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program at Columbia University, please visit

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

50th St. Gallen Symposium – Global Essay Competition – May 2020

Would you like to share your vision of the future with international leaders such as Dominic Barton, Professor Niall Ferguson, Sigmar Gabriel, Christine Lagarde, or Jack Ma?

Discuss your ideas with the global elite, create an impact and enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Switzerland. Apply until 1 February 2020 and seize the opportunity to qualify as one of 300 “Leaders of Tomorrow” for the 50th St. Gallen Symposium by competing in our global essay competition with a prize money of CHF 20,000. Here some more highlights if you make it to St. Gallen:

  • Meet 600 top managers, entrepreneurs, politicians and scientists from around the world
  • Share your ideas with the symposium’s global audience
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Meet 300 of the world’s brightest young minds and become member of a global community

The 50th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 6–8 May 2020 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is devoted to the theme “Freedom Revisited”.

Have a look at competition question and requirements at, register now to receive the latest news and tips, and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2020. Check out and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to get more insights on what awaits you in St. Gallen.

We look forward to welcoming you to our forum in Switzerland in May 2020!

Opportunities for International Students at Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge, based in Windsor Great Park, is an educational charity that seeks to tackle social divisions by promoting creative thinking and inclusive dialogue.  I work with Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock in the Programme Team, and together we organise and manage the Lodge’s events and scholarships aimed at both students and early career researchers.

Commonwealth & International Student Christmas Conference

For over 70 years we have extended a warm welcome to university students from all over the world who are currently studying in the UK, to join us in December and experience a traditional British Christmas.

In December 2018, we were joined by 43 students from 21 countries, representing 19 UK universities.

This year’s programme features workshops led by guest speakers and facilitators on the theme of ‘Digital Society’, exploring our relationship with emerging technologies at both a societal and individual level.  This year, we are pleased to announce that we will be joined by:

  • Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE, Professorial Fellow, St Johns College, Oxford
  • Inna Thalmann, DPhil student, University of Oxford, Cumberland Lodge Scholar
  • Kal Turnbull, CEO and Co-Founder,
  • Dr Neil Sadler, Lecturer, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen’s University of Belfast
  • Marceline Bresson, Undergraduate student, University of Oxford

As part of the programme students will also have the chance to experience a traditional British Christmas, including:

  • A Christmas carol service in the Royal Chapel of All Saints
  • A winter trail through Windsor Great Park
  • A traditional Christmas dinner, with a visit from Father Christmas
  • Festive evening games and entertainment

The poster for the event can be found here, and the Facebook event can be found here.

Emerging International Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The Emerging International Leaders programme equips future leaders and opinion-formers with the skills and insight necessary to drive debate, influence policy and build a powerful global network.

This programme focuses on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and responds to the fact that around three-quarters of the world’s population live in countries which restrict such freedoms or fail to protect them. Over three residential retreats at Cumberland Lodge, stent will form an in-depth understanding of the importance of FoRB, and will be empowered to become an advocate of human rights in your university and home country. This renowned programme addresses questions such as…

  • Why is FoRB important?
  • How does FoRB intersect with other freedoms?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of existing national and international policies on FoRB?

The programme flyer can be found here, and the application form can be found here.

Innovation Internships scheme

The Innovation Internship programme (formally Innovation Placements) has been designed to enable part or fully EPSRC-funded doctoral students to engage with real world projects. The projects allow students to demonstrate impact from their research, develop and utilise transferable skills and competencies to work effectively and collaboratively with companies to solve business and societal challenges.

More information:

The Chemistry Communicators Challenge – 20 November 2019

The Chemistry Communicators Challenge

This FREE event is an opportunity for enthusiastic London-based Chemistry communicators to showcase their flair for presenting and understanding of chemistry and / or its history to a diverse audience.  Deliver an engaging and interesting talk on Chemistry, spend an evening alongside other enthusiastic chemists and science communicators, and win prizes! What more could you ask for!

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT), we are inviting individuals to deliver talks on the following themes:

  1. An Element of the Periodic Table– Talks could cover the discoverer, the history, the uses or interesting ‘quirks’ of physical or chemical properties of a given element. Talks could also cover the story of the individual(s) who first discovered the element.
  2. Elements in our everyday lives– Talks should cover the chemistry and application or product where an element plays a key role.

Each speaker is given 10 minutes to present on their chosen topic with, or without, a PowerPoint presentation (no other visual aids permitted).

Prizes to be won: Amazon Vouchers (£100 for the winner and £50 for the two runners-up) + Free Ticket to RSC Careers & Networking Evening (28 November 2019)

The event will take place on the 20th November from 6pm-9.30 pm at RSC HQ at Burlington House. Light refreshments will be provided.

To apply and register click here. For more information please contact Inma.

The Chemistry Communicators Challenge winner from 2018, Raquel Fraccari, said about the competition:

This event was a fantastic opportunity to challenge myself and do something out of my comfort zone….you also get to learn a lot from all the different presentations…definitely, the event gave me confidence and motivation. This has helped in refining presentations at work”.  

Volunteer for Imperial Lates

What are the Imperial Lates?

They’re a series of adults only evening events where the public can have fun with research, chat to scientists and have a drink with friends. There are 5 in the academic year, each on a different theme, and lots of different kinds of content including: live experiments, creative workshops, inspiring talks, games, performances and anything we think might inspire curiosity and allow people to have a bit of fun!

When are they and when would I need to be there?

  • All Lates run: 6pm – 9pm | Various dates (below) | College Main Entrance, South Kensington Campus
  • Volunteer shift times are always 5.30pm – 9.30pm

Your night as a volunteer:

  • No experience needed, full briefing provided and we rotate you every hour of your shift to make sure you have a range of experiences!
  • Tasks include: welcoming visitors and answering questions, helping with a particular talk/event or providing support to researchers taking part
  • Be part of the buzz on the night! The researchers come up with really creative ways to engage the public and it’s our role to support them
  • Join us after we close to the public for backstage pizza for everyone involved – a great chance to chat and meet people.

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What are the themes?

Science without borders – 9 October 2019

Our globetrotting, ocean crossing and jungle trekking community of worldy scientists descend on South Kensington to tell stories of exploration and adventure. This is your chance to tour the world of science; from new, low-cost prosthetics engineered in Mozambique and diet monitoring wearable tech trialled in Ghana, to oil-spill clean-up sponges developed in India. In Europe we will be exploring gardening therapy for patients in Italy and bumblebee surveys in Arctic Sweden, whilst saving a species of apple tree from extinction in central Asia

Infectious – 12 November 2019

Join our ‘infectious’ scientists to get hands on with everything from superbugs to a zombie apocalypse and state of the art diagnostics to STIs. Hear stories from the front line of the fight against disease, watch antimicrobial resistance theatre and try not to spend too long in our Infectious Arcade!

Winter Wonderlab – 5 December 2019

In the festive period as the nights draw in, we celebrate the chillier side of science. From the low temperature physics and the freezing temperatures of outer space, to Arctic surveys and glaciology, via all manner of sub-zero chemistry and festive fun, embrace the cold in our Winter Wonderlab.

Future Commuter – 13 February 2019

If you’ve ever experienced the joys of the London commute, sat in traffic on the M25 or worried about the carbon footprint of a summer get away, you may have wondered what the future of transport might deliver. Well now is your chance. Travel over to Imperial in February to meet the scientists and engineers exploring the probabilities of our future mobility.

Beautiful Data – 12 March 2019

Data, data everywhere but perhaps we should stop and think? This most precious of commodities could deliver breakthroughs in medicine and patient care, help us better understand the universe or make our lives easier by training our household devices and phones to know what we like. But does the data revolution also threaten our personal privacy and how much of a say do we have in how our data is used? Explore both sides of this (bit)coin at Imperial Lates.

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