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The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is taking part in the Cambridge Science Festival in 2014 with a programme of events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 16 March.

Events at Madingley Hall on 16 March 2014

Meet the little things that run the world

3.00pm. Talk, all ages

In this interactive lecture with Dr Ed Turner, we will put insects under the microscope to learn more about their behaviour, natural history and conservation. The session will include some live insects and specimens from the University Museum of Zoology.

Roman science fiction: structuring imagined worlds

4.15pm. Talk, all ages

Accounts of trips to the moon and encounters with alien life forms are nothing new. An introduction to the earliest science fiction ever written with Dr Justin Meggitt.

It's simpler with symmetry

5.30pm. Talk, ages 8+

What do the palaces of emirs, high tech materials, and broccoli have in common? Find out how symmetry and structure bring together stunning works of art, natural forms, and cutting-edge technology with Dr Erica Bithell.

The mystery of the horrible hypothesis

3.00pm, 3.45pm, 4.30pm and 5.15pm. Hands-on activity, ages 8+

In this exciting activity, you must use your scientific detective skills to identify the perpetrators and motives behind a fiendish crime. Working with a team of researchers, you will solve a series of devious scientific puzzles from disciplines including psychology, zoology, genetics and forensics. At the end of the activity, you will synthesise your findings in a final debrief session in which you can win some wonderful prizes! This activity is presented by the Department of Life Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University.

The mystery of the horrible hypothesis: murder mystery dinner

7.00pm. Hands-on activity, ages 12+, cost £35

The ultimate version of this event. Solve the devious mystery over a three-course candlelit meal.

Event date

Sunday, 16 March, 2014 - 15:00


Madingley Hall
CB23 8AQ