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Imperial Lates: Wonder Women

Discuss, debate, create and explore at our next Imperial Lates evening of discovery, to mark International Women’s Week.

  • Thursday 7th March 2019 18:00 (3 hours)
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Are you in a relationship with your computer? How do you nano-hack cancer? What’s it like at the top of Everest?

Discuss, debate, create and explore at our next Imperial Lates evening of discovery, to mark International Women’s Week. From cancer crushers to Everest conquerors and climate warriors to concert pianists, inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a women in the modern world.


What's on?

Drop in anytime 6pm - 9pm:

  • Feminist Alexa workshop: “I’m like Alexa, but feminist, so I have functions like switching off the patriarchy and responding properly to abuse”. Get creative and playful with the Feminist Internet and re-imagine our online world.
  • Meet the entrepreneurs hoping to shake up our world - from remoldable bioplastic fracture casts to tube-less toothpaste and eco-friendly fertilisers to virtual reality memory aids. Is there anything they can’t do?
  • Who said wasps were useless? Try robotic brain surgery inspired by nature.
  • Find yourself reaching for that special someone at night? Concerned that it’s your phone? Delve into the psychology of technology attachment.
  • Wire up your own LED wearable tech with our Advanced Hackspace team – the future of fashion is in your hands.
  • Create a personalised Wonder Women screen print, scientific superhero top trumps– get your creative juices flowing!
  • Find out how we’re nano hacking cancer, using a card game you’ve definitely played before
  • Reach into the full potential of your right brain and join our mass doodle. Draw your way around environmental science, mental health and everything in-between with artist and scientist Iman
  • Many more and a bar! Relax with a drink in the heart of the action

Talks and Performances

The internet of (biased) things6.45pm – 7.30pm Is the internet actually biased? How does this actually affect our lives and what lies ahead? Guerrilla Wikipedia editor and physicist Dr Jess Wade chats to the Feminist Internet’s disruptor in chief Charlotte Webb.

Lunar 6.45pm or 7.45pm (duration approx. 40mins) The award winning poet, music producer and writer Keisha Thompson channels maths and science for an exploration of the Black British experience, her relationship with her father, mental illness, love and forgiveness. “The most human performance I’ve seen all year” – not to be missed

My life in science and art

Scientists who are also artists take to the stage to tell their stories, and explain why they do what they do. Talks start at:

o 18:30: doctor and concert pianist o 19:00: a poet and ecowarrioro 19:30: an environmental scientist and artist

The Impossibles: A life in Science and Adventure.

Register seperately: register here

Melanie Windridge is a physicist, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure.She has travelled the world, worked in fashion, gained a doctorate in fusion energy, made inventions for technology companies, appeared on TV, climbed mountains and written books. She works for Tokamak Energy, a fusion start-up working towards commercial fusion power. She has skied out across Arctic Svalbard to see the northern lights. She has climbed Everest to highlight the science that makes it safer.

Following Melanie’s journey from childhood to the present day, we find out how Melanie has built a career around her two passions of science and adventure, and how she has come to recognise that the common theme in the elements of her career is the notion of achieving the “impossible”.




Do I need to book any of the events in advance?

Most of our talks and workshops are drop in, first come first served.

There are two fantastic talks that we are ticketing for, in order to control numbers:

Impossibles: A life in Science and Adventure with Dr Melanie Windridge and her journey to Mount Everest - register here

WE Innovate Final, up and coming female entrepeneurs pitch their ideas to you and a panel of experts to win a share of the prize money - register here

Are there ID/minimum age/other requirements to enter the event?

No, we are free and open to everyone. However, please do keep in mind that this event is intended for adults - there is a paid bar and some of the content may not be suitable for children.

Is the event accessible?

All of the spaces are wheelchair accessible, as are the entrance and toilets. There are lifts to any activities on other levels.

If you have any specific needs, please don't hesitate to get in touch:

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?



About Imperial Lates

Imperial Lates celebrate the latest in science and engineering at Imperial College London and beyond - bringing you together with world leading minds in their respective fields, who not only love what they do, but also love chatting about their work.

A perfect evening's entertainment for adults of all ages and backgrounds. Anyone with a curious mind is welcome to get hands on with our research, brought to life through live demonstrations, creative workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks.

Throw in a bar and some of the world's most extraordinary and pioneering scientists and engineers and you have the recipe for a free, fun and engaging night out in the heart of London.

Register to share your evening with the science and the people shaping our future!

When and where?

Imperial College London

College Main Entrance

Exhibition Road




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