Imperial Fringe, Imperial College of London

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LONDON | LONDON | If you enjoy watching The Big Bang theory, or have an interest in the fun, geeky side of science, you may want to keep reading. Under the catchy tagline of “Make a date with discovery”, Imperial Fringe is a series of public events exploring the unexpected side of science, held by Imperial College of London, based on their ground-breaking research. The events are held at their campus in South Kensington, and you can register for free tickets on the website.

The November fringe on Criminal Investigations caught our attention, and gave us a great night of getting to know new technologies in investigations, as well as fun action-filled activities to discover our inner detective. In the large reception hall, excitement and curiosity ran high among the variety of things happening at each stall. We started with young scientists in white coat labs to test blood samples to identify cause of death. We then moved on to examining finger prints to pinpoint the prime suspect, and did a crash course in detecting lies. The most popular stall, perhaps, was where visitor got to meet Robot De Niro, a friendly robot who assists in collecting evidence and mapping crime scenes. You could also sit down for a short talk on White Collar crime, and learn how to spot dodgy dealings and insider traders.

Our favourite activities of the night were smashing up strawberries and using chemicals to derive a thin film of strawberry DNA, and operating on a dummy victim of knife crime, saving the victim from a collapsed lung under the instructions of two seasoned A&E staff.

Like most free entry events, the first hour may be packed, but the staff and scientists are very friendly, passionate in their fields and for sharing knowledge, and answering any questions one might have. We ended the night with posing for mugshots and having our fingerprint bacteria implanted in a jelly case. We can’t remember science being this fun at school!

The next Fringe, All Around the World, will take place on Thursday 8 December at 5:00pm and will showcase scientific trips of discovery around the globe, from Antarctica to the Sahara Desert, via the summit of Everest and the bottom of the sea. It is a great chance to satisfy your curious mind and find out how far science and engineering can take you. We know we will be back for more Imperial Fringes.

Imperial Fringe

Where: Imperial College of London, South Kensington Campus. London SW7 2AZ, UK
When: Monthly
Cost: Free

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