We love explaining the public what we do – and also what we don’t. We usually take on an invitation to come and talk about our research, whether in schools or other public events. Below is a list of past and future outreach activities, and some photos. If you want to hear about our work, please feel free to drop a line and we will be happy to accommodate.

Please note: we often receive invitations to come and talk at secondary schools and we gladly oblige with a seminar. However, if you are interested in such an event I would recommend to reserve at least 2 hours of your time because it is a better investment of time for everybody: me and you. Coming to talk at a school often means I am dedicating half a day to it so we may as well combine the seminar with an informal, longer Q&A session and discuss other stuff too, such as University admissions, life as researchers, you name it.

All outreach in schools is done pro-bono but if your school is in the independent sector I will kindly ask for travel reimbursement.

Video, Photos and Audios

Past outreach events


  • November – The laboratory was featured in the Imperial College official magazine in an article about state of the art sleep methods. The article can be read here.
  • June – Alice represented the lab at a conference for year-10 pupils organised by the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, titled “Frontiers in Biology”
  • April – The lab participated in the outreach activities of the Imperial Festival, with a stand in the Flowers building on Saturday 28th April
  • April – Giorgio was interviewed by pupils of the Bishop Stopford School for a piece about science in the school magazine. You can read the article here.
  • March – As part of the Science Week, Giorgio met year-3 students of the Latchmere Primary School in Kingston Upon Thames to explain what a Scientist does and how to become one. Lots of lovely raised hands were seen!
  • January – We made a video to explain the results and significance of a recent publication. It can be seen here


  • September – Together with a group of 20 international artists and three scientists, Giorgio took part in an art/science exhibition on the nature of dreams in London. More information at http://www.in-dreams.org.
  • June – Giorgio gave a TEDx talk organised by the WycombeAbbey school. The title of the talk was “Facts and dogmas of sleep: what we know and what we think we know, but we don’t”. The talk is available on the homepage.
  • March – Anne led a few Biology Workshops for A-level students in the Wohl Reach Out Lab at Imperial (They learned Bradman assay, SDS-Page, and Thin-layer chromatography)
  • April – Giorgio gave a seminar at the Tonbridge boarding school
  • May – The whole lab organized a special stand at the annual Imperial Festival
  • May – Giorgio gave a seminar at the Judd School, in Tonbridge.


  • Summer – We hosted Filitsa, a high-school student from the in2science program. Big thanks to Alice for her supervision! Filitsa wrote a very nice report of her experience on the in2science blog.


  • March – Alice represented the lab at the DNA summer school, presenting her work to A-level students
  • May – Anne represented the lab at the yearly Imperial Festival
  • Summer – We hosted a student from the in2science program, the very talented Conor. Big thanks to Alice for her supervision!


  • April – Giorgio gave a seminar at the North London Collegiate School
  • May – Anne ran sessions on extracting DNA from strawberries @ the Imperial Festival


  • March – Anne at the Oxford Neuroscience Week, Nuffield Department of Neuroscience, Oxford demonstrating general anatomy and function of the brain and sleep function using ’Sleep and the Brain’ activities
  • April – Anne was at the BNA 2013 (Conference of British Neuroscience Association), demonstrating psychophysical diagnostics using reaction time tasks
  • November – Anne at the Robosafari, Robogals at Science Museum London, conducting a ’Build your own robot’ workshop


  • September – the lab had a stand at the second Imperial Festival
  • October – Giorgio discussed the goals and goods of Open Access publishing at the largest conference on Science policy and Outreach, SpotON