Imperial Fringe: Science And Identity In Wood Lane

whatmakesmeEvery month, Imperial College puts on an open evening to share the fruits of its research with Joe Q Public. The next Imperial Fringe event takes place in the university’s new Imperial West campus at Wood Lane Studios, W12 0BZ on 12 September.

This month’s theme is ‘What makes me?’, with a programme that answers the question at many levels.

  • Make a DNA bracelet, fold your own origami genes, and extract DNA from strawberries.
  • Fertility doctors discuss new temperature-sensitive techniques developed at Imperial to treat infertility.
  • Get an appreciation of genome sequencing using fridge magnets and coloured string.
  • Take a neuroscientist’s tour of the human brain in 3-D.
  • Learn about the Science Museum’s Outreach programme, working with prisoners at nearby Wormwood Scrubs.
  • A pop-up operating theatre explores the physical impact to the body from a knife wound.
  • A pregnancy expert discusses how much of your identity is shaped before you leave the womb.
  • The Mighty Booth change your identity into an astronaut or Nobel Prize winner with their mobile photobooth.

The fringe event is free to attend — just show up on the night. (Although you might need to pre-book for the surgery demo.) A cash bar will run throughout.

Imperial Fringe, Wood Lane Studios Common Room, W12 0BZ, Thursday 12 September, 5.30pm-8.30pm, free. A series of lunchtime fringe demonstrations and talks also takes place at the South Kensington campus 23-27 September.

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