Those taking part include University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz; Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal; writer Simon Singh; Professor Michael Green, recent winner of the Fundamental Physics Prize; statistics whizz Professor David Spiegelhalter, neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian; Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England; Professor Tony Purnell, Head of Technology for British Cycling; Professor Mark Miodownik of the BBC’s Science Club; and Professor Molly Stevens, one of The Times top 10 scientists under the age of 40.
With more than 250 science-related events, it will explore questions such as What’s new in space? Why do coincidences happen? and Can science make cyclists go faster?
Other events throughout the Festival include:
- Talking science: what next? brings together leading academics Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Professor Sir Walter Bodmer, with science journalist Susan Watts to discuss what’s next for the word of science and society.
- An exploration into what’s new in space, following the launch of the Gaia satellite in 2013
- A talk by Professor Barbara Sahakian about overcoming stress and anxiety and why they are on the increase
- A range of talks for all ages and families during Science on Saturday, from exploring the brain by messing with the senses and why rodents rule the world, to the dark world of caves and how the bicycle got it spokes
- The latest in stem cell research, including Professor Robin Franklin talking about his work on central nervous system regeneration
- Discussion focusing on 21st Century families helped by assistive reproduction technologies, same-sex parenting and single parent families, as well as the role of the family in child development
The Festival will include for the first time the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, home of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Clinical School.
"The Science Festival has grown significantly since its modest beginnings 20 years ago and today is recognised as being one of the most exciting Science Festivals in the world," said Shelley Bolderson, Science Festival Co-ordinator."
"Last year, we welcomed over 30,000 local, national and international visitors and we hope to meet many more newcomers this year. The range and diversity of subjects covered during the two weeks is astonishing and incredibly exciting for anyone who wants to discover the world around them."
For more information, visit www.cam.ac.uk/science-festival