“The Robot will see you now.” Has the time for surgical robots arrived?

Mr. Mark Slack

Robotic assisted surgery is poised to increase access to Minimal Access Surgery for many patients.


Mon 29th Apr 2019

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Cambridge University Faculty of Education Research Centres and University Primary School

Cambridge University Primary School

A chance to see the University's Faculty of Education Research Centres at Hills Road, and the University of Cambridge Primary School at Eddington.


Thu 9th May 2019

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Gene Eating

Dr. Giles Yeo

The truth about diets


Mon 13th May 2019

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Volcano watching: weapons of ash eruption

Prof. Tamsin Mather

The latest developments in global volcano monitoring


Mon 10th Jun 2019

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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 would encourage you join CSAR online in advance of the event you wish to attend. If you’d like to try a lecture or two before you consider an annual subscription, please select ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ or one of the concessionary memberships for which there are no upfront fees. For further details, please see all membership options.

Coming up soon…

Gene Eating

Dr. Giles Yeo, Principal Research Associate, Metabolic Research Laboratories and MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, University of Cambridge

The truth about diets

Lecture Mon 13th May 2019


How do we measure quality in higher education?

Prof. Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge

As universities are held more accountable for the quality of their provision, how can research inform our thinking about how we measure quality in higher education?

Lecture Mon 18th Mar 2019

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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11th Jan 2019

Prof Edward Bullmore on BBC Radio 4's Start The Week

11th Oct 2018

How can you get more involved in CSAR?

23rd Mar 2018

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