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Looking forward to the weekend!

The annual two-week celebration of science culminates this weekend, following a packed programme of many sell-out events investigating the theme of ‘getting personal’.

The coming weekend promises more enlightening science with over 120 events, including talks, performances, exhibitions, demonstrations and hands-on, interactive experiences, investigating some of the latest research in astronomy, physics, maths and biomedical research.

On Saturday, events are held across the city, including Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge University Library, various museums and Colleges, and Cambridge Junction. Meanwhile, various University of Cambridge Departments and Institutes at the West Cambridge Site also open their doors to the public, including Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Department of Physics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cavendish Laboratory, Institute of Astronomy, Institute for Manufacturing, and more.

Curious visitors of all ages can pop along to Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus on Saturday, where a series talks are on offer. Top of the bill is the panel debate, Equality at work in science and technology professions after Brexit. The panel consists of both academic and policy making experts, including organisers Dr Sunrita Dhar-Bhattacharjee and Dr Anna Paraskevopoulou, and panellists Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk to discuss gender inequalities in the engineering profession; Dr Jessica Wade to discuss the experience and challenges of working in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sector; Professor Sonia McKay to discuss Equality and Diversity and the role of Trade Unions and thoughts for the future; Caroline Plummer to discuss ACAS work on Equality and Diversity and some thoughts for the future.

Meanwhile, Dr Sharon Morein explores some of the ethical, legal and social issues arising from modern research into the mind in A roller-coaster guide to exploring the mind with technology. In Attraction explained: the science of how we form relationships Professor Viren Swami, one of the world’s leading experts in the psychology of romantic attraction, debunks the current myths and draws on cutting-edge research to provide a ground-breaking and evidence-based account of how we form relationships. And in a further talk, Dr Marek Kukula and Simon Guerrier, also explain how Doctor Who made them into a scientist.

Over at the West Cambridge Site, visitors can explore and discover some of the fascinating science presented by a range of University of Cambridge Departments, including the rare chance to step into a room like no other and have their world turned upside down in the Anti-gravity box at the Cavendish Laboratory.

For those that like to get hands-on and fully involved in science, there are materials science workshops, giving visitors the opportunity to experience everyday scientific phenomena; the ever popular Maths public open day; and the chance to join atom engineers for an afternoon of activities to discover the materials used in jet engines during Engineering atoms.

The Institute for Manufacturing open day is always a family favourite and this year is no exception with the range of events they have on offer, from demos that show the latest in laser technology, to the chance to try out some of the latest science-based products from local companies and win a prize for thinking of the best ways to use them.

Another family favourite is the open afternoon at the Institute of Astronomy, with a range of hands-on activities, demonstrations, talks and displays. Visitors can meet the scientists and see the historic telescopes, and learn more about both astronomy and the research taking place at the Institute.

The ever popular Schools Zone returns for another year at the Hauser Forum, giving students from across the region the chance to showcase their scientific successes. Teams of up to 10 students from secondary schools and sixth form colleges become the experts for the day, displaying their science, technology, engineering or maths projects from lessons and science clubs to members of the public and members of the University of Cambridge.

Sunday is the grand finale of the Cambridge Science Festival and covers all things biomedical and healthcare related at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC). Visitors can explore the campus from the Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre to Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Cancer Centre and the University Technical College. Across these buildings, visitors will be able to learn about the science behind new medicines.

As well as talks aimed at the young and old, there will be lots of things to see and do. Take a tour of an operating theatre, drop in at the teddy bear clinic and become a ‘worm neuroscientist’ and discover how a tiny worm is helping us to understand how our neurons work. Try your hand at ‘surgery’, wander through an inflatable colon and meet the wonderful medical detection dogs. Discover how blood cancers are diagnosed, understand the critical role of the pharmacy and find out how the Campus will develop in the future.

In addition to health-related events, the Cambridge Junction presents John Hinton’s Ensonglopedia of Science – a song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells, X-rays, Y-chromosomes, zoology. Audiences can expect the unexpected and expect it to rhyme. John Hinton is multi-award-winning writer/performer of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie.

And finally, those interested in all things botanic should pop along to the Botanic Garden for a talk, what links Antarctic snow algae, Scottish salmon and the Botanic Garden by Dr Matt Davey from the University's Plant Science Department.

Cambridge Science Festival Coordinator, Dr Lucinda Spokes, said: “This has been an exceptional year for the Festival with many of the events truly capturing the imagination of adults, teenagers and children alike. This coming weekend promises to be no different and we’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the vast range of events being hosted across the city.”

To pre-book events, visit the Cambridge Science Festival website: www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk  or call: 01223 766 766.

Visit the Festival’s twitter site @camscience #csf2017, or Facebook page cambridgesciencefestival

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Cambridge Science Festival brings science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine to an audience of all ages through demonstrations, talks, performances and debates. Run by the University of Cambridge, the Festival draws together independent organisations in addition to many University Departments, Centres and Museums.

This year’s Festival sponsors and partners are Cambridge University Press, AstraZeneca, MedImmune, Illumina, TTP Group, Science AAAS, Anglia Ruskin University, Microsoft Research, FameLab, Babraham Institute, Wellcome Genome Campus, Napp, Alzheimer’s Research UK, The Institute of Engineering and Technology, UTC Cambridge, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge Junction, British Science Week, Cambridge Live, and BBC Cambridgeshire.