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Cambridge Science Festival gives the public the opportunity to explore Cambridge Science. There are opportunities to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest and concern and to raise aspirations by encouraging young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.




SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Science on Saturday - The science of Archaeology Mar 16, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 04:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Were Neanderthals fussy eaters? What can bones tell us about a person's life? How were these stone tools made? What happened to this animal after its death? What did ancient Mesopotamia smell like? Science can help archaeologists answer these questions and many others. Discover the secrets revealed by pots, plants, soil, bones, textiles and maybe even fossilised poo! A hands-on drop-in event for the whole family!
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Objects: carriers of knowledge Mar 19, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 06:45 PM Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , ML1, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW,
What is this object? What is its value? Why should we care? 'Objects' is a new project being led by the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC. Cambridge researchers have been bringing their expertise together across disciplines to discuss objects relating to food security: from their history to their value, from what they represent to why we should care. We invite you to join these conversations, and share perspectives that may help us to address the complex challenge of food security for all. FEATURED OBJECTS INCLUDE: A head of wheat: could we survive without it? A potato specimen collected by Charles Darwin: highly nutritious or junk? Processed food: what are the cultural, economic and public health considerations?
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Ancient knowledge and modern science: rediscovering China’s terracotta army Mar 20, 2019 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Join Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres, Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, for this in-depth look at the terracotta army - one of the most iconic archaeological discoveries in the world. So many questions remain. How were knowledge, materials and workforce orchestrated to create something so exceptionally large and sophisticated? Are all the warriors different? Why are their bronze weapons still sharp and shiny? Archaeological science is beginning to provide the answers.
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Skeletons in the closet at St John’s Mar 23, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM St John's College Old Library, St John's College, CB2 1TP,
For hundreds of years anatomists, archaeologists, and artists have been interested in the most durable part of the human body: our bones. From Margaret Beaufort’s book of hours to the photography of Samuel Butler, the special collections of St John’s College include unique examples of this human fascination with skeletons. Come and explore medieval manuscripts, photographs and ‘medicinal’ animal bones in the beautiful surroundings of one of the oldest libraries in Cambridge.
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Rising Stars Mar 24, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, Robinson Way (Close to the Junction of Robinson Way and Long Road), CB2 0SZ,
Meet our scientific stars of the future as they introduce you to their research, and be the first to try out their new hands-on activities.

Upcoming events

Marine Mammal Working Group (International Council for Archaeozoology)

Sep 20, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research