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Welcome to the 2012 Cambridge Science Festival! This year, we have over 180 mostly free events running throughout Cambridge from 12 – 25 March. As part of the Inspire programme of activities across the UK, endorsed by the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Festival has the theme ‘Breaking boundaries’, and we have loads of events celebrating the science behind sport throughout the Festival.

Our Guest Director for 2012 is comedian Robin Ince who will be hosting loads of events. These include Robin Ince’s ‘Bad science book club’ (16 March), in which he will join Alan Moore and other guests to discuss their favourite odd, arcane or frankly just bad pieces of science literature, and ‘Happiness through science’ (18 March), in which Robin asks can you be happy and rational at the same time?

Other highlights of the Festival include a discussion on the subject of The Planets between an astronomer and a conductor, followed by a performance of the work by Holst; racing mini rockets using lasers at the Institute for Manufacturing; and a talk on how the BBC ’s hit series Frozen Planet was produced. Whatever you age, there will certainly be something of interest at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival. We’ll have the usual mix of interactive fun for all ages at our open days on 17 and 24 March, along with plenty for adults at our evening lecture series. For more information and a programme, please call: 01223 766766 or visit: www.cam.ac.uk/sciencefestival

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