The 2016 Cambridge Science Festival kicks off today, and over the next fortnight Unit members will be taking part in a range of events and activities that explore this year’s theme of data and knowledge.
On Wednesday 9 March Dr Nita Forouhi will take part in the #ILookLikeAScientist panel discussion to combat stereotypes and celebrate diversity in science with inspirational women from across the STEM disciplines in Cambridge.
At 8pm Thursday 10 March Dr John Perry will give a talk entitled “Nature versus nurture: what population genetics can teach us” at the Mill Lane lecture rooms. John will examine how, over the last decade, advances in genetics and large-scale population studies have enabled us to begin addressing the ‘nature vs nurture’ question. John will examine the role of genetics in health and disease, with a particular focus on human growth and reproduction. This event is almost sold out, so book now if you’d like to attend it.
Also on the evening of Thursday 10 March Dr Marko Tianio will try his hand at stand-up comedy when he join scientists from across the University and comedian Ben van der Velde and Nick Doody for the Bright Club comedy event being held at the Portland Arms. Book now while tickets are still available!
To help end the festival with a flourish, our stand “All Data Great and Small” will be part of the family-friendly event being held from 11am – 4pm at the Clinical School on Sunday 20 March. We will take a look at how we collect data, and how different kinds of data we gather can ultimately be used to improve our health and well-being. We will also be running range of fun – and we hope educational – activities; build a model gene sequence out of jelly babies, take the Sugar Cube Challenge, and more.
We hope you can join us!