Science Summer School

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Term I: 5 – 18 July 2015
Term II: 19 July – 1 August 2015
Programme Directors: Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright,
Dr Corinne Duhig FSA, Dr Hugh Hunt and Dr James Grime

We draw on the expertise of senior academics at Cambridge, to offer courses in a variety of scientific fields. The Summer School is suitable for undergraduates and graduates in sciences, as well as teachers and other professionals. The programme also welcomes those with a strong interest, but with little formal science training.

Academic programme

  • One special subject course per week
  • Plenary course P01:
    Curiosity
  • Practical sessions
  • Evening talks

Special subject courses

Each course meets five times. You may choose to follow a particular track by selecting courses in related subject fields, but an interdisciplinary approach is also encouraged.

Term I:

Week 1: 11.15am – 12.45pm

P02 - Evolution evidence
P03 - Introduction to social psychology
P04 - The wonderful world of problem solving
P05 - Volcanic eruptions

Week 2: 11.15am – 12.45pm

P06 - Forensic archaeology and anthropology: an introduction
P07 - An introduction to animal behaviour
P08 - Autism: a modern epidemic?
P09 - How does your immune system work?

Term II:

Week 3: 11.15am – 12.45pm

P10 - Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
P11 - Can we geoengineer the climate?
P12 - Introduction to data science
P13 - Colourful physics: nature's paintbrush

Week 4: 11.15am – 12.45pm

P14 - Codes, ciphers and secrets: an introduction to cryptography
P15 - Memory: psychological and neurobiological perspectives
P16 - Today's universe
P17 - Early stage drug discovery

Plenary lectures

All participants are registered for a course of plenary lectures entitled Curiosity. Lectures focus both on the present and past limits of current knowledge, and how the quest for knowledge has been driven by the need to find solutions to difficult questions posed by hunger, disease, conflict, and climate change.

Practical sessions

Materials Science, ecological, geological and mathematical ‘trails’ are amongst the practical sessions planned, along with visits to institutes and laboratories in Cambridge.

In 2014,Term I practicals included: An ecology trail in the University Botanic Garden, a geology trail and a zoology practical session.

Term II practicals included: A botany trail in the University Botanic Garden, a mathematics practical and an astronomy site session.

Evening lectures

These lectures provide introductions to additional aspects of science.

College accommodation

Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.

Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.

Information for applicants

Programme calendar
Who can apply
How to apply
Making choices
Programme options and fees
Language requirements
Visas
Booking terms and conditions

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