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Focus on the world in which we live

How do we avoid climate chaos? What did people eat thousands of years ago? How is cutting edge science and archaeology being used to uncover our past? Explore, discuss and debate these issues at this year's Cambridge Science Festival.

Events include:

Monday 13 March

2017 Annual WiSETI Lecture: a life in climate science
Over the course of Dame Julia Sligo’s career at the Met Office, climate science has undergone numerous transformations, helping us to observe, understand, simulate and predict how the climate system behaves.

Thursday 16 March

Cambridge Climate Lecture Series: from COP21 to zero global emissions
A discussion chaired by Oliver Morton with Lord Martin Rees, Professor Kevin Anderson, Baroness Bryony Worthington, Anthony Hobley and Jeanne Martin on
the changes we need to make if we are to avoid climate chaos and meet the aspirations of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Noisy embryos: from the bane of embryology to indicators of the Antropocene
This talk links the history of variation in embryology (Nick Hopwood – University of Cambridge) with the use of aquatic embryos as indicators of climate change (Simon Rundle – University of Plymouth) and explores how this research has informed the audio-visual installation by artists Deborah Robinson and David Strang. Presented with ARU.

Paul Duncan McGarrity: ask an archaeologist
An experiment. Archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity sits in a room and answers your questions on any subject as honestly as possible. Could be rude. Be prepared to talk candidly with the protection of context.

Saturday 18 March

The science of archaeology
What did people eat thousands of years ago? How did they live? How did they communicate? What did they look like? Were they like us? Visit the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Ressearch to discover the secrets revealed by pots, plants, soil, bones, stones and even fossilised poo!

Monday 20 March

Meet your friendly neighbourhood climate scientists
The Cambridge Centre for Climate Science invites you to join scientists include Dr Christine Laneme, Dr Emily Shuckburgh and Dr Eliot Whittington for short talks on aspects of our climate, followed by a question and answer session.

Wednesday 22 March

Sedgwick snapshots
An evening of short talks about our amazing collection at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences - climate change, Charles Darwin’s adventures on HMS Beagle and even a seventeenth century fossil collection - and then explore the galleries by twilight.

Looking beneath the soil
Dr Alessandro Launaro and Professor Martin Millett discuss how the use of Ground-Penetrating Radar is providing key new evidence about Roman towns in Italy. With new approaches to the collection and analysis of data, it is now possible to map the sub-service archaeology of entire settlements.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March

Discovering humanity through human evolutionary studies
Biological anthropologists at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies use cutting edge science and archaeology to uncover our past. Visit the centre’s laboratories and collections and discover the origins of humanity.