Category: Events

Cumberland Lodge Events November 2019 – Registrations open to all

Cumberland Lodge Debate, Challenges for Democracy in the Digital Age – Thursday 7 November, Goodenough College, London.

This year’s Cumberland Lodge Debate examines the digital dimension of transformations required to safeguard democracy in the UK and to help develop a new sense of national direction and purpose, amidst a rapidly-changing world order. The debate will take the form of a panel discussion and will be exploring issues raised in Lord (David) Howell of Guildford’s newly-published book, Look Where We’re Going: Escaping the Prism of Past Politics (Unicorn, 2019).

Our speakers are:

Lord Howell – Life peer; author, economic consultant

Dr Katharine Dommett – Senior Lecturer in the Public Understanding of Politics, University of Sheffield

Marnie Howlett – PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): Goodenough College

Chairing the event is Baroness Prashar of Runnymede – Life peer; Chair of Trustees, Cumberland Lodge

The event will include an audience Q&A and a drinks and canapés reception.

Difficult Histories & Positive Identities Report Launch  – Tuesday 19 November, Broadway House, London.

Difficult Histories & Positive Identities offers a unique, interdisciplinary and cross-sector insight into how problematic aspects of the past can be engaged with in ways that create meaningful experiences of political and social belonging for people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives. The report presents a series of practical, policy-focused recommendations for intervention and change. The launch will begin with short introductions from invited specialists, to highlight its key themes and recommendations. There will also be a drinks reception, and the chance to mingle with fellow guests and contributors to the report.

Our speakers are:

Nick Dennis – Director of Studies, St Francis’ College

Professor Martin Daunton FBA – Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge

Dr Ellen McAdam – Director, Birmingham Museums Trust

Working Identities Report Launch – Wednesday 27 November, QE11 London.

Working Identities offers a unique, cross-sector insight into the changing world of work and its wide-ranging impacts on individuals and wider society. The report draws on the wisdom and experience of trade union representatives, working rights campaigners, academics, NGOs, policymakers and community practitioners. The launch will begin with short introductions from invited specialists, to highlight its key themes and recommendations. There will also be a drinks reception, and the chance to mingle with fellow guests and contributors to the report.

Our speakers are:

Frances O’Grady – General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly – Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management, University of Sussex

Mark Littlewood – Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs

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

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”.