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Come along to one of our many public lectures and other events throughout the year. These talks are given by leading experts from the University of Cambridge and beyond, and are an important part of our commitment to public engagement.

Forthcoming Lectures

Event date: 
Saturday, 18 November, 2017 - 09:30
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Join us on Saturday 18 November 2017 at Madingley Hall for a day of writing workshops and readings to mark the launch of the new University of Cambridge Centre for Creative Writing.

Event date: 
Thursday, 30 November, 2017 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Do you read stories to your children? Do you play tennis, or go swimming with your children? Do you cook, sing, or garden with your children? Have you ever considered doing some maths with your children? This series of workshops is for parents who would like to know more about enjoying mathematics with their children.

Past Lectures

Event date: 
Thursday, 24 November, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Today's world is faced with a multiplicity of challenges including energy, food, water and economic well-being. Each of these will ultimately culminate in an impact on the agenda for the development of health services. Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz discusses the challenges and priorities for world health.

Event date: 
Monday, 3 October, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Politics have played a more significant part in the regulation of reproductive medicine than is commonly recognised. Baroness Deech discusses her work as chair of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and argues that rearranging the regulatory body will not in fact save money but risks the accountability and security of the field.

Event date: 
Thursday, 14 July, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

While the years of New Labour have been sometimes characterised as a golden age for culture, the first decade of the 21st century was a difficult time for heritage. Simon Thurley, who was at the helm of English Heritage through the period, looks back at what went wrong and assesses the future of the nation’s heritage.

Event date: 
Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

In this lecture, Professor David Spiegelhalter looks at examples of communication of sensitive topics, from statins to swine flu, climate change to volcanic ash.

Event date: 
Monday, 14 March, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

In this lecture, Dr Hugh Hunt describes the challenges he and his team encountered when recreating the bouncing bomb, including scale model testing, design of a drop rig, targeting the dam and designing the explosive. The experience really put into perspective the wartime achievements of Barnes Wallis and his engineers and airmen.

Event date: 
Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 15:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Francis Warner was born in Yorkshire in 1937 but spent the years of the Second World War in Epsom, Surrey, where his father was a parish priest. In this very personal reminiscence, he describes the terrors of life in 'Bomb Alley', the sustenance provided by his family and his faith, and the effect the Blitz had on the lives of those who survived it.

Event date: 
Monday, 10 January, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Astronomer Royal Lord Rees explains how the first atoms, stars and planets emerged -- and how, on at least one planet around at least one star, life began and a complex biosphere evolved. What were the key stages in this process? How did the laws of nature allow such complexity to emerge, and what can we infer about the overall scale and structure of the cosmos? And what lies in the far future?

Contact us

If you have any questions about these events or the booking process, please contact enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk