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The largest and most far-reaching science society in Cambridge, SciSoc, organises talks by eminent scientists, to stimulate both graduates and undergraduates of all scientific shades. Our talks are open to everyone (subject to a small entrance fee) and free for members. We are a great place to engage in lively discussions, learn about the latest cutting-edge issues in science, and to socialise with the friendly scientific community of Cambridge.

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Can Future Energy Needs be met Sustainably?

UserProfessor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 14 March 2017, 20:00-21:30

The Science of Climate Change

UserProfessor Joanna Haigh.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 24 January 2017, 20:00-21:30

SCISOC TALK - Our cosmic origins: everything from nothing

UserProfessor Carlos Frenk, Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics at Durham University.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 29 November 2016, 20:00-21:30

SCISOC TALK - 103 years of Crystallography: what has it taught us and where will lead us?

UserProfessor Elspeth Garman, Professor of Molecular Biophysics at Oxford University.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 22 November 2016, 20:00-21:30

SCISOC TALK - Engineering challenges in creating underground space

UserProfessor Lord Robert Mair, Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockThursday 17 November 2016, 20:00-21:30

SCISOC TALK - Opossums, Catastrophes, and Homeostasis

UserProfessor Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 08 November 2016, 20:00-21:30

SCISOC TALK: ATP-sensitive potassium channels and neonatal diabetes – from molecule to new therapy and beyond.

UserProfessor Dame Frances Ashcroft, Professor of Physiology at Oxford University.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockFriday 04 November 2016, 20:00-21:30

SCISOC TALK - Black holes and revelations

UserDr Christopher Berry, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Co-author of recent gravitational waves paper.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 01 November 2016, 20:00-21:30

SCISOC TALK - The Black dog: why don't we care?

UserProfessor Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health at the LSHTM.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 25 October 2016, 20:00-21:30

SCISOC TALK - The Roadmap to Applications of Graphene, Layered Materials and Hybrid systems

UserProfessor Andrea Ferrari, Head of the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy group.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 18 October 2016, 20:00-21:30

When Antarctica was green: fossil plants reveal Antarctica's climate history

UserProf. Jane Francis, Director of the British Antarctic Survey.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 11 October 2016, 20:00-21:30

SciSoc Talk: Dr Philipp Holliger

UserDr Philipp Holliger.

HouseLT1, Department of Engineering.

ClockTuesday 01 March 2016, 20:00-21:30

Genetic Instability and Cancer Suppression

UserProfessor Ashok Venkitaraman.

HouseLT1, Department of Engineering.

ClockTuesday 16 February 2016, 20:00-21:30

Scisoc Talk: Sir David Spiegelhalter

UserDavid Spiegelhalter (Statistical Laboratory).

HouseLT1, Department of Engineering.

ClockTuesday 02 February 2016, 20:00-21:30

SciSoc Talk: Dame Julia Slingo

UserDame Julia Slingo.

HouseLT1, Department of Engineering.

ClockTuesday 26 January 2016, 20:00-21:30

SciSoc Talk: Dame Athene Donald - "Physics of the Everyday"

UserProfessor Dame Athene Donald ( Director, Physics of Medicine, Cavendish Laboratory).

HouseLT1, Department of Engineering.

ClockTuesday 19 January 2016, 20:00-21:30

More is different: Many-body physics with ultracold atoms.

UserDr Ulrich Schneider.

HouseLT1, Department of Engineering.

ClockTuesday 24 November 2015, 20:00-21:00

GMOs: beginnings, advancements, new opportunities and public perceptions.

UserProfessor Sir David Baulcombe and Professor Jerzy Paszkowski.

HouseSainsbury Laboratory Lecture Theatre.

ClockThursday 29 October 2015, 18:30-00:00

SciSoc Talk: Professor Jeremy Baumberg: Where is my nanobot?

UserProfessor Jeremy Baumberg (NanoPhotonics Centre, University of Cambridge).

HouseThe Arthur Goodhart Lecture Theatre (LG19), Faculty of Law.

ClockTuesday 27 October 2015, 19:00-20:30

Defects in materials and how to describe them

UserSir John Ball, University of Oxford.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 24 February 2015, 20:00-21:15

The antibody revolution

UserSir Greg Winter.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 03 February 2015, 20:00-21:15

Copper with Light – the Prospects for Photonic-Enabled-Electronics

UserProf Ian White, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 20 January 2015, 20:00-21:15

Stem Cells

UserProf Austin Smith, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 02 December 2014, 20:00-21:15

Working for a Healthier Tomorrow

UserDame Carol Black, University of Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 18 November 2014, 20:00-21:15

The Scientific Challenges for Fusion Power

UserProf Steve Cowley, Imperial College London.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockMonday 10 November 2014, 19:00-20:15

Generating the Fuel of Life

UserSir John Walker, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 04 November 2014, 20:00-21:15

Building Brains

UserProf Steve Furber, University of Manchester.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 21 October 2014, 20:00-21:15

The Science of Invisibility

UserSir John Pendry, Imperial College London.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockThursday 16 October 2014, 20:00-21:15

Captured Thoughts: The Collaborations of an Artist and a Scientist

UserProf Nicky Clayton & Clive Wilkins, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockFriday 14 March 2014, 20:00-21:15

Quantum Games with Spins Alight

UserDr Mete Atatüre, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 11 March 2014, 20:00-21:15

Stability and Complexity in Financial Ecosystems

UserLord Robert May, University of Oxford.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 04 March 2014, 20:00-21:15

Development and Repair of Neurons

UserProf Roger Keynes, Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience.

HouseSeminar Room, Institute of Criminology.

ClockTuesday 04 March 2014, 13:15-14:00

Neurons Feel the Force

UserDr Kristian Franze, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 25 February 2014, 20:00-21:15

The sweet smell of E. coli division

UserDr David Summers, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 18 February 2014, 20:00-21:15

Why did it take medicine 3,000 years to become effective?

UserDr Allan Chapman, University of Oxford.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 04 February 2014, 20:00-21:15

Synthetic Biology: New Technologies and Sustainable Solutions

UserDr Jim Haseloff, Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 14 January 2014, 20:00-21:15

Subglacial Lake Ellsworth

UserProf Martin Siegert, University of Edinburgh.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 03 December 2013, 20:00-21:15

Healing the body with new materials

UserProf Molly Stevens, Imperial College London.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 26 November 2013, 20:00-21:15

Life and the Earth: Interlocking Histories

UserProf Aubrey Manning, University of Edinburgh.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 19 November 2013, 20:00-21:15

The Headache of Hypoxia

UserProf Hugh Montgomery, University College London.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 12 November 2013, 20:00-21:15

Why is Chemistry Difficult?

UserDr Jonathan Goodman, Department of Chemistry, Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockWednesday 06 November 2013, 20:00-21:15

Are Normal People Sane?

UserSir Robin Murray, King's College London.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 29 October 2013, 20:00-21:15

Super-resolution Microscopy

UserDr Eric Rees, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 22 October 2013, 20:00-21:15

From Mars to the Multiverse

UserLord Martin Rees, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 15 October 2013, 20:00-21:15

Energy and Life

UserProf Sir John Ernest Walker.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 30 April 2013, 20:00-21:15

How curiosity turned into Science?

UserDr Philip Ball.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 12 March 2013, 20:00-21:15

What’s special about the human brain

UserProf. Colin Blakemore.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 05 March 2013, 20:00-21:15

POSTPONED: Energy and Life

UserProf. Sir John Ernest Walker, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit & Nobel Prize Laureate.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 26 February 2013, 20:00-21:15

Ornamentation, Attraction and Sexual Behaviour

UserDr Gayle Brewer.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 19 February 2013, 20:00-21:15

The Unexpected Side of Entropy

UserProf. Daan Frenkel.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 12 February 2013, 20:00-21:15

Our shared destinies within the planet’s boundaries

UserProf. Sir David King, former Chief Scientific Advisor.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 05 February 2013, 20:00-21:15

Incomprehensible Comprehensibility of the Universe

UserProf. Rev. Michal Heller, Templeton Prize Laureate.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 29 January 2013, 20:00-21:15

Time to grow up?

UserProf. David Nutt.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 27 November 2012, 20:00-21:15

Plastic Electronics

UserProf. Sir Richard Friend.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 20 November 2012, 20:00-21:15

Does Time Exist?

UserDr Julian Barbour.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 13 November 2012, 20:00-21:15

Controlling Cell Division

UserSir Richard 'Tim' Hunt.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 30 October 2012, 20:00-21:15

The Science of Art

UserDr Spike Bucklow.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 23 October 2012, 20:00-21:15

Molecules of Murder

UserDr John Emsley.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 16 October 2012, 20:00-21:15

Can Nurture Influence Nature?

UserProf. Sir David Baulcombe.

HouseDepartment of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre.

ClockTuesday 09 October 2012, 20:00-21:15

Prof Kevin Warwick - Cyborg Experiments

UserProf Kevin Warick, Professor for Cybernetics at the University of Reading.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road (www.scisoc.com for directions).

ClockTuesday 16 February 2010, 20:00-21:00

The Logic of Foraging

Followed by a wine reception

UserDr. Daniel Lunn.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road (www.scisoc.com for directions).

ClockTuesday 09 February 2010, 20:00-21:00

Prof Nicola Clayton - Do Animals Make Shopping Lists?

UserProfessor Nicola Clayton ( Department of Experimental Psychology).

HouseBristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road.

ClockTuesday 02 February 2010, 20:00-21:00

Prof. John Beddington - Title TBC

UserProf. John Beddington.

HouseUnion Society Building, 9a Bridge Street.

ClockTuesday 03 November 2009, 20:00-21:00

Sir David King - 21st Century Challanges

UserSir David King - Former chief scientific advisor to the UK government.

HouseUnion Society Building, 9a Bridge Street.

ClockFriday 30 October 2009, 20:00-21:00

Marcus du Sautoy - Finding Moonshine

Free Event - The Freshers' Squash

UserMarcus du Sautoy - Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.

HouseBristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road.

ClockTuesday 20 October 2009, 20:00-21:00

SciSoc Annual Founders' Dinner with Simon Baron-Cohen

Tickets on sale now: visit http://groupspaces.com/SciSoc/e/11972?s=e223a8bf

UserProfessor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road (www.scisoc.com for directions).

ClockMonday 27 April 2009, 18:00-22:00

Shedding Light on Dark Matter

UserProfessor Gerard Gilmore, Institute of Astronomy.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road (www.scisoc.com for directions).

ClockTuesday 24 February 2009, 20:00-21:00

Evolution From Malaria to Manuscripts

UserProfessor Chris Howe, Department of Biochemistry.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road (www.scisoc.com for directions).

ClockTuesday 03 February 2009, 20:00-21:00

Cognitive Enhancement: Hope or Dope?

FREE ADMITTANCE

UserPanel Debate - see abstract.

HouseMcCrum Lecture Theatre, Benet Street (behind The Eagle pub, www.scisoc.com for directions).

ClockMonday 19 January 2009, 19:30-21:00

Biophysical Studies of the Nervous System

UserProfessor Meyer Jackson, University of Wisconsin.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road (www.scisoc.com for directions).

ClockTuesday 02 December 2008, 20:00-21:00

Extreme Natural Hazards

UserHerbert Huppert FRS, Professor of Theoretical Geophysics and Director of the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 25 November 2008, 20:00-21:00

Was there Anything Before the Big Bang? Possibly!

FREE ADMITTANCE

UserSir Roger Penrose OM FRS.

HouseBristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road.

ClockTuesday 18 November 2008, 20:00-21:00

Intimate Relations: Human Evolution and Climatic Change

Please note the change in venue and date! The talk is on Monday!

UserRobert Foley, Professor of Human Evolution, Leverhulme Centre, University of Cambridge.

HouseWolfson Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road.

ClockMonday 10 November 2008, 20:00-21:00

Computing for the Future of the Planet

UserProf Andy Hopper CBE FRS, Head of the Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 04 November 2008, 20:00-21:00

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air

UserProf David MacKay, Department of Physics.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 21 October 2008, 20:00-21:00

Gods, Devils and Alcohol - Their Influence in Chemical Nomenclature

FREE ENTRY

UserDr Peter Wothers, Department of Chemistry.

HouseBristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road.

ClockThursday 16 October 2008, 20:00-21:00

Microbial Bioenergy Production

Note unusual day: Thursday, not Tuesday

UserProfessor Alison Smith (Department of Plant Sciences).

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre (Tennis Court Road - see http://tinyurl.com/rxaj7 ).

ClockThursday 08 May 2008, 20:00-21:00

The necessity of consciousness: why human zombies would be an evolutionary dead end

UserNicholas Humphrey, London School of Economics.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 22 January 2008, 20:00-21:00

Computers and Illusion - from photography to computer vision

UserProf Andrew Blake, Microsoft Coorporation.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 27 November 2007, 20:00-21:00

Imaging Methods in Tumour Therapy

UserKevin Brindle.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 20 November 2007, 20:00-21:00

What Banged at the Big Bang

UserNeil Turok.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 30 October 2007, 20:00-21:00

C++0x as a New Language

UserProf Bjarne Stroustrup.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockMonday 23 April 2007, 18:30-19:30

Comic Relief Charity Concert

Songs for Cynical Scientists (and Non-Scientists!)

UserProf Ron Laskey and Friends (MRC Cambridge).

HouseLady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue.

ClockFriday 16 March 2007, 17:30-18:30

SciEnts Cocktail Party

User--.

HouseNew Hall Bar, Huntingdon Road.

ClockSunday 11 March 2007, 20:00-23:30

What do genes mean?

UserDr Eric Werner, Oxford University and Cellnomica Inc..

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 27 February 2007, 20:00-21:00

Drug discovery: how Academia can Contribute

UserSir Tom Blundell, Department of Biochemistry.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 20 February 2007, 20:00-21:00

Religious and Scientific Belief

UserProf Lewis Wolpert, Department of Anatomy, UCL.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 13 February 2007, 20:00-21:00

Privacy and Identity - System Engineering and the Database State

UserProf Ross Anderson, Computer Laboratory.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 30 January 2007, 20:00-21:00

Science and Ethics of Stem Cells

UserProf Anne McLaren, Department of Zoology.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 23 January 2007, 20:00-21:00

Careers in Science

UserDr Anne Forde, University Careers Service.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockWednesday 15 November 2006, 20:00-21:00

The Exploitation of Micro- and Nanotechnologies

UserDr David Tolfree, MANCEF.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 07 November 2006, 20:00-21:00

Evolution of the Middle Ear

UserDr Matthew Mason, Department of Physiology.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 24 October 2006, 20:00-21:00

Modelling Life - How Quantum Mechanics can Help us Understand Biology

UserProf Mike Payne, Department of Physics.

HousePharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road.

ClockTuesday 17 October 2006, 20:00-21:00

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