Imperial College's South Kensington campus welcomes visitors of all from today at the annual Imperial Festival (9-10 May). The festival shows off the best new research coming out of the university, with talks, workshops and 'research zones' where you can quiz the scientists.
It seems to get bigger and better every year. We were going to offer a run-through of the highlights, but just look at them all. Explore almost 50 research zones, where you can play with a placenta, print a 3-D cell, or extract DNA from a strawberry. Nine talks look at the future of robotics, missions to Mars, the global flu risk and more. Musical performances will jolly things along, and short tours offer access to laboratories and other facilities. Plus a metric gigaton of other stuff. Whoever programmed this glorious beast must have used hyper-dimensional graph paper.
Imperial Festival takes place on the Exhibition Road campus, South Kensington, 9-10 May, 4-10pm (Fri) and noon-6pm (Sat). Entrance is free and you can simply turn up on the day.