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The People's Research Café

An opportunity to influence real-life Imperial research projects in a relaxed, "café" setting.

  • Multiple Dates
  • Workshop
  • Influence


Public involvement in research is research that is carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’ ‘for’ or ‘about’ them. Giving the public a say in research helps to ensure that research is relevant and helping the people it is intended to.

The People's Research Cafe is a fun way to involve members of the public in research. A cafe environment is created in a space that the public are familiar with, members of the public come along and discuss real-life Imperial College London research projects with scientists. The public give suggestions from their perspective on how to improve the research. All over a free cup of tea or coffee (and some snacks!).

We ran the Cafe for the first time at a science festival called the Imperial Festival and it was a success! We’d now like to spread the Cafe fun and bring it to the White City community.


  • New technology for measuring the body's response to anti-biotics
  • Women's experiences of mothering
  • The common cold and the flu
  • Making research more accurate

"Your experience is so valuable - it can help us transform lives."

Volunteer Criteria

Any member of the community who has an interest in shaping research and innovation.

What will I be asked to do?

In conversations with our scientists, café visitors will be asked to make comments and suggestions on selected research topics. 

When and where?

The café will be held on two days, the 2nd of February from 2PM - 5PM and the 12th of February from 1PM - 4PM at the Wood Lane Community Centre. This venue is wheelchair accessible. 


Feel free to stop by during any of the times above!

Will I get anything for taking part?

A cup of coffee or tea, snacks, and the chance to have your say in research!


  • Kathy Dolan (Woodlane) Community Centre
  • 78 White City Close
  • London
  • W12 7DZ

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