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Cambridge Science Festival

Mon 12 March 2012 - Sun 25 March 2012

Venues throughout Cambridge

With over 180 events, the Festival offers children and adults alike the chance to get involved in some of the University’s cutting edge research between 12 – 25 March, with family fun days on the 17 and 24 March 2011.

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.

Cost: The majority of the events are free

Enquiries and booking

Booking is optional.

For more information or to request a programme, please phone the main Festival booking line or visit our website.

Website Telephone: 01223 766766


9:00am-10:00pm daily from Monday 12 March 2012 until Sunday 25 March 2012

All times

Mon 12 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Tue 13 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Wed 14 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Thu 15 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Fri 16 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Sat 17 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Sun 18 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Mon 19 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Tue 20 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Wed 21 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Thu 22 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Fri 23 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Sat 24 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Sun 25 March 2012 9:00AM - 10:00PM


Address: Venues throughout Cambridge
Venues throughout Cambridge