Monday, 16 February 2015

Cambridge Science Festival

For the second Science on Saturday 21 March, the Festival returns to the West Cambridge Site to present a range of mathematical and astronomical talks and events. The Cavendish Laboratory and the Institute for Manufacturing also open their doors for another exciting day of talks and exhibits, including hands-on physics, laser lab tours, a live demonstration of an invisibility cloak and the chance to make a watch from scratch.

The Science Festival concludes on Sunday 22 March. Following the success of last year’s journey from bench to bedside, the Festival returns to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to stage a packed day of all things medical, including hands-on activities and talks by leading medical research scientists. Highlights include a discussion of the power of science in popular culture by actor, Stephen McGann, the doctor on BBC’s Call the Midwife. There will be a panel discussion concerned with how heath records have the power to transform treatments – in spite of the recent headline about the perils of data sharing. Visitors will also have the opportunity to look behind the scenes and discover what makes Cambridge University Hospital tick with an extensive choice of interactive activities including the opportunity to have a go at keyhole surgery.

Commenting on this year’s Festival, Dr Lucinda Spokes,
Cambridge Science Festival Coordinator said: “Every year, the Science Festival grows in both size and popularity and this year is no exception. We’re delighted to host yet another Festival that promises to be a spectacular presentation of scientific ideas and discoveries. As ever, the calibre of speakers and the quality of the events showcasing the latest in scientific research to the public is outstanding.

“This year, we are lucky to have a remarkable line up of speakers, including Professor Frank Wilczek from MIT; TV presenter, Dr Chris van Tulleken; seven of the new Fellows of the Royal Society; Professor Dame Carol Black; the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees; Professor Sir Colin Humphreys; author, journalist and TV presenter, Simon Singh; comedian Robin Ince; and science songstress Helen Arney.

“In addition to the talks, debates, exhibits and activities, we have a mix of science comedy, theatrical performance and art exhibitions, which are sure to delight people of all ages.

“We very much look forward to welcoming both our regular visitors and new audiences and hope that everyone thoroughly enjoys this year’s Science Festival.”

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