Imperial Festival 2018

Now in its eighth year, the Imperial festival, took place over two days on 28 and 29 April.

Over 20,000 people visited the festival, which aimed to introduce the under-12s to science and technology. As part of the festival, Oscar William, Josh Bailey, Sofia Marchesini and Ryan Bower from the CDT-ACM organised and ran activities for children which focussed on pollution and sustainability. The CDT collaborated with educational collective People Power (PPL PWR), who aim to promote sustainable technologies and innovations.

Experiments included one in which dry ice was added to water, and which was designed to mimic the dissolution of gaseous CO2 in our atmosphere and showed how this acidifies our oceans. Another experiment used body heat to light up LED lights and so created a hand-warming generator.

In 2019 the Imperial Festival is going to be even bigger as Imperial College joins forces with twenty of its neighbours across South Kensington to create a unique festival fusing art, science, technology and curiosity. The Great Exhibition Road Festival will take place on 29th and 30th June 2019 and the CDT-ACM will be joining in and organising events and activities inspired by our CDT’s research. To find out more about the Great Exhibition Road Festival click here

Elwin Hunter

Studying my PhD as part of the ACM CDT not only provided me with valuable training courses and workshops on characterisation techniques, but also regular academic seminars, team activities, and discussions to help expand my interests, both inside and outside of research.