Cambridge Society for the Application of Research

“CSAR exists to encourage an appreciation of the application of research through lecturesvisits and student awards. We make time around these for conversation and interaction, providing excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends, expand horizons, and network.”

I have been to some great events with the CSAR. The events are normally charged at around £3 (Yes, three quid) each. Whilst on the one hand these are run by professional scientists, they are targeted at anyone interested in science, or engineering.

They tend to be held at Churchill College in Cambridge, and you often get a chance to meet and talk with the speaker afterwards in the bar. My favourite so far was with Professor Caroline Wilkinson, the archeological facial reconstruction expert. But there have been many others.

Newly redesigned website for CSAR

Diamond Light Source

They do visits her on a fairly regular basis. These are free, though you may have to book several weeks in advance. Based near Oxford it is primarily a science research facility. A synchrotron that produces hard (and bright) X-rays, hence I am told the name: Diamond Light 🙂

You get a guided tour of the synchrotron itself buy a member of the staff. You also get to see some of the research that they are doing.

I found it absolutely fascinating, and it has a few small though really engaging interactive science stands I the large foyer. These are run by staff at the facility and were marvellous.

Their website is full of information: http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Public/

Big Bang Near Me

“It’s a programme of UK-wide events that get students excited about science, technology, engineering and maths.”

They may include theatre shows, exhibitions, some hands on and other interactive events. Along with careers info in STEM areas.

It is led by Engineering UK, so they may a engineering theme to them.  Not sure: I’ve not been to one yet.

Find out more: https://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/about/

Cambridge Science Fair

Some 300 events all held in Cambridge in March. Some are drop-in; some need to be pre-booked, and they can book up fast.

Really aimed at teenagers, looking to find out more about science, though kind of interesting to anyone interested in science. It is run by the university and so the science and the researchers are world class.

The day I went to was very busy, though well worth the effort.

Their site is: http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk