Friends of Imperial College

Friends is a registered charity with the objective: "To advance education for the public benefit in the latest developments in science, technology, engineering, medicine and business, by supporting the work of Imperial College London".

Join us as a Member and enjoy intelligent discussion, exclusive events, and extraordinary access to world-class scientists. As a Member you will benefit from a range of events covering the latest scientific discoveries and developments; extraordinary access to facilities and research departments; conversations and debates with leading academia over a glass or two read more


Friends of Imperial College offers anyone interested in the great advances that are being made in science, medicine and technology the opportunity to learn more from leading figures in their fields. Friends provides opportunities for you to meet and talk with staff, students, alumni and other like-minded people in a programme of visits, talks and social events. You can read what people say about our events.

Imperial College London

Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 14,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.

Since its foundation in 1907, Imperial's contributions to society have included the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography, and the foundations of fibre optics. This commitment to the application of research for the benefit of all continues today, with current focuses including interdisciplinary collaborations to improve global health, tackle climate change, develop sustainable sources of energy and address security challenges.

In 2007, Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust formed the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre. This unique partnership aims to improve the quality of life of patients and populations by taking new discoveries and translating them into new therapies as quickly as possible.

The College runs a series of Special Lectures including inaugural lectures that are open to all and free. Sign up for these [here].


The benefits of membership of Friends of Imperial College include reduced rates for our programme of events as well as access to certain College facilities and opportunities to attend other special lectures, exhibitions, music and other events at the College.† On production of your membership card you will also receive a discount at the various dining facilities (restaurants, cafeterias and bars) throughout College.

If you would like to JOIN please see Join us

Event Recording

We are now recording our lectures where possible and creating MPEG4 presentations which integrate the slides used at the lecture. You can see them listed in Past Events