The SocietyThe Cambridge Scientific Society was founded in 1995, with the goal of promoting all branches of science at a level both stimulating to those studying science and accessible to those with an arts background. Today, SciSoc is the most active science society at Cambridge, and with more than 1000 permanent members (and a much larger email database), the largest.
Often, the Society is a platform for the first public exposure of new research and findings. Past speakers include Nobel Laureates James Watson, Sir Tim Hunt and Sir John Walker, eminent scientists Sir Roger Penrose, Sir Richard Friend, Sir John Beddington and Peter Atkins, popular author Matt Ridley, and former Universities and Sciences minister David Willetts among many others.
The Society is managed by the Executive Committee, with help from the Academic Advisory Board. Our illustrious Patrons play a less involved role in the Society, but lend their support whenever they can. The Society is further aided by a number of generous sponsors, who provide some of the financial backing for the Society to enact its goal in the best way it can.
The ActivitiesOur main activity is the organisation of weekly talks that cover all scientific branches, from physics to medicine, from biology to engineering. There is usually time before and after our events, offering a great opportunity to talk with fellow Members and the speaker. For more information on upcoming talks see here, or join our mailing list to be updated for all our events.
We strive to build a scientific community through social events, including our glamorous Annual Founders’ Dinner, the Science Societies’ Garden Party, our Academic Internships Event and our biannual RI Dinner (last held in November 2013). We also organise trips to science facilities of world class importance, such as to the Diamond Light Source, the National Synchrotron Facility, where we were given a tour by the CEO Professor Gerhard Materlik CBE, and to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.