Coming up next:

The Scientific Challenges of Fusion Power

Prof. Steven Cowley, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Imagine holding a lump of jelly - the plasma - with a few pieces of knitting - a magnetic field - and the plasma is ten times hotter than the core of the sun, while the magnets are held within a few degrees of absolute zero, and you have some idea of the materials challenge...

Treatments for the Brain

Prof. Barbara Sahakian, University of Cambridge

How more effective treatments are being developed through an understanding of the neural basis of cognitive, emotional and behavioural dysfunction

Metamaterials and the Science of Invisibility

Prof. Sir John Pendry, Imperial College, London

Recently created Metamaterials are proving to be a disruptive technology where their ability to control the trajectory of light promises improved telecommunications, solar energy harvesting, stealth, biological imaging and sensing, and medical diagnostics.

The new season of lectures begins on Monday 2 October 2017

The autumn programme can be downloaded. Printed copies of the programme will be available from the reception desk in the foyer outside the lecture theatre.

The programme for March to June 2018 has yet to be announced.

Attending lectures

CSAR lectures are open to members and, if space allows, to non-members who have registered with CSAR. Please see how you can join or register online. We encourage you to do this in advance, as it may not be possible to do so at the desk on busy evenings.

Lectures start at 7:30pm, and tea, coffee and biscuits are available free from when the doors open at 6:30pm.

Lectures are usually held in the Wolfson Hall in Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS. Occasionally lectures are held in other venues. Please check the individual lecture listing which has Google map directions.

If the lecture is in the Wolfson Hall, then the following apply

Car parking for those attending a CSAR lecture is available in the Staff Car Park on Churchill Road, which is off Storey’s Way. There is more parking further along Churchill Road, and in the Möller Centre at the far end.

Bicycle parking is available in front of Churchill College.

Dining for those attending the lecture is available in the Churchill College dining hall before the lecture. This canteen is self-service and you can pay with cash. The dining hall is open between 5:45pm and 7:15pm. The food servery is at the back of the dining hall with the servery entrance on the far left (as viewed from the dining hall doors), the servery exit and tills are on the far right. A table is set for CSAR so that attendees can join other members and the speaker for dinner. The table usually has a large sign with the CSAR logo. Several places in the centre of the table are reserved for the speaker, president and invited guests but lecture attendees are welcome to join either side.

Coffee and biscuits are available before the lecture – but please remember to check in at the CSAR reception desk first.

The buttery (college bar) is also open throughout the evening for light refreshments (including coffees and pizzas).

Hearing induction loop is available in the Wolfson Hall

Certificates for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are available to show you have attended the lecture – please ask a council member on the reception desk to request one.

After the lecture members usually join the speaker for a drink at the bar and attendees are encouraged to join us – the cash bar serves a range of snacks and drinks, including excellent hot chocolate