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2019 - a year of celebrations! 200 years of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 150 years since the publication of the modern Periodic Table, 75 years of ther MRC CBU and Cambridge Science Festival itself, is 25 this year!

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Cambridge Philosophical Society celebrates its 200th Anniversary this year, making it Cambridge’s oldest scientific society. Dr Susannah Gibson gives a brief history.

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Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, Director of The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute)

Challenges in providing consistently high-quality, safe care are common to health systems worldwide. The NHS is no different but it is uniquely well-placed to create that much-needed evidence - Professor Mary DIxon-Woods explores further at this year’s Science Festival.

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Dr Lauren Gardiner, Curator of the University Herbarium, botanist, explorer

Britain is a nation of garden lovers, yet few people have any idea of how many of the familiar plants they grow and love were discovered in the wild. Curator of the collection links treasures from the collection to well-known garden plants today, and tells stories of some of the extraordinary collectors who found them.

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The United Nations have proclaimed 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements since it is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Dmitri Mendeleev’s first Periodic Table. But was it really the first? Find out from Dr Pete Wothers

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Latest news

Cambridge Science Festival: food, glorious food!

15 February 2019

Could we really be eating insects in the future? How do we make the right food choices when it’s all so confusing? Do all these fad diets ever really work?

Cambridge Science Festival examines the future of healthcare

11 February 2019

Will genomics revolutionise healthcare? What are the challenges to improving safety and quality in healthcare? Is immunology the future of medicine? Are we on the brink of curing Alzheimer’s disease? Discussion of these questions and more!

Cambridge Science Festival: technology – what next?

7 February 2019

Are quantum computers the ultimate tool for discovery? Can we make algorithms trustworthy? Is technology making us miserable? What next for Alexa?

Festival information

Cambridge Science Festival runs from 11 - 24 March 2019

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Cover image: Reverend Professor John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861), Geological map of Anglesey 1822, Credit Cambridge Philosophical Society

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