Hello World: How to be human in the age of the machine

Hannah Fry

A tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us.


Mon 15th Oct 2018

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Talk: The Science of Conversation

Prof. Elizabeth Stokoe

How to start thinking about having better conversations


Mon 26th Nov 2018

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CSAR exists to encourage an appreciation of the application of research through lectures, visits, the CSAR PhD student awards and outreach to schools. We make time around these for conversation and interaction, providing excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends, expand horizons, and network.

Members are a broad mix of people, from students and researchers to entrepreneurs and business professionals, from those still at school to those already retired - all from a wide range of backgrounds. We welcome new members to our lectures and other events, and you can apply to join CSAR online. If you’d like to try a lecture or two before you join please select ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ registration. Please see full details of all membership options.

Further details of the new season of CSAR lectures which starts on Mon 1 October 2018 will be announced shortly

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Creating the first self-developing embryo from stem cells

Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, University of Cambridge

How Cambridge scientists developed the world’s first self-developing mouse embryo from stem cells, and the implications for advances in human IVF treatment and for understanding of how life itself starts

Lecture Mon 18th Jun 2018

Wellcome Genome Campus

Wellcome Trust

A chance to explore cutting-edge genomics and biodata research at the world-leading Wellcome Genome Campus near Hinxton, home to the large-scale DNA sequencing and biological data facilities of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute.

Visit Thu 14th Jun 2018

Exploring the application of research

Recent speakers include Dr Demis Hassabis, Co-founder and CEO of Google DeepMind on general artificial intelligence; the Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees on the world in 2050; Dr Serena Nik-Zainal on the mutational processes in the human genome; Professor Andy Fabian on black holes; and Professor Beverley Glover on how plant evolution influences the behaviour of animals.

Recent visits included NIAB's MacLeod Complex and G’s Growers Cooperative to see the cutting edge of crop research and production; TWI to see world-leading materials joining and engineering processes as applied in industry; and Airbus Defence & Space to see the European Space Consortium’s Mars exploration vehicle under construction.

Donations to the charity allow us to subsidise attendance by students, school students and teachers.

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23rd Mar 2018

Prof. Robert Plomin's new study featured in the Guardian

19th Oct 2017

Google DeepMind and AlphaGo Zero

18th Oct 2017

Himansha Singh, CSAR PhD Student Award winner, profiled as postgraduate pioneer