The Productivity Puzzle

Professor Diane Coyle

How puzzling is slow productivity growth, and how much does it matter?

Lecture

Mon 18th Oct 2021

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The Pye Story

Dr. Bob Bates

The history of one of Cambridge’s iconic technology companies.

Lecture

Mon 1st Nov 2021

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Next-Generation Solar Photovoltaics

Dr. Sam Stranks

A material family called halide perovskites is enabling higher performance photovoltaics for cheaper power generation and new mobility and space applications.

Lecture

Mon 24th Jan 2022

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Achieving sustainable productivity in agriculture through beneficial microbial associations.

Professor Giles E. D. Oldroyd, FRS

Reducing inorganic fertilizer use in agriculture.

Lecture

Mon 7th Feb 2022

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Provided that things go well, CSAR plans to return to face-to-face lectures at Churchill College in October, with live streaming of the event (via Zoom) for those who don't wish to attend in person.

We are still working on the logistics of this (as of 14th September), and further information will follow. For those of you attending in person, it is probable that face coverings and 1 metre social distancing will be required outside the lecture theatre, and that the numbers allowed in the theatre will be restricted. So we will very likely be introducing a booking system for in-person attendance using Eventbrite (the ticketing service we have used in the past for CSAR visits).

We also plan to use Eventbrite to distribute the links for viewing the events via Zoom. This will allow us to return to charging Pay-As-You-Go and student members for participation in the events, although we won't do this until we've made sure the hybrid system works well.

The use of Zoom means that it is now very easy to record lectures, and to put the recordings on the CSAR website; we encourage you to visit the video library or our YouTube channel, and view the excellent lectures that you may have missed. Some selected recordings are highlighted in the main body of the Video Library page, but the year-by-year menu on the right has all of them.

Events will be announced here on the website and by email when they are finalized. The emails, including joining instructions for Zoom, will go to those members who have opted in to receiving emails about future events. If you have chosen not to receive these messages at present, but wish to start, please go to "Update details" at the top right of this page, and change your email preferences. You do not need a password; our membership system will send you a one-time link.

If you are not a member of CSAR but wish to attend or view future events, please join! This means your email address will go into our database and you can receive notifications of events, and webinar joining instructions. There is a variety of free memberships available. Click on the green "Join Us" button at the top of this page, enter your details, and under "Membership" select "Pay-as-you-go" or one of the other free membership types. This will allow you to participate in events on an occasional basis (we will soon be re-introducing a small charge for event participation). Of course, we very much welcome paid memberships as well, which give you unlimited free participation in events. Finally, under "Marketing Option" choose "Yes" to receive notification of future events. You don't need to remember a password for the membership system; it sends you a one-time link if you wish to log in.

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CSAR exists to encourage an appreciation of the application of research through lectures and online webinars, visits, the CSAR PhD student awards and outreach to schools. We make time around these for conversation and interaction (when conditions permit), 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, webinars, and other events, and encourage you to join CSAR online in advance of the event you wish to attend.

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Coming up soon…

The Productivity Puzzle

Professor Diane Coyle, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge

How puzzling is slow productivity growth, and how much does it matter?

Lecture Mon 18th Oct 2021

The Pye Story

Dr. Bob Bates, The Pye Foundation

The history of one of Cambridge’s iconic technology companies.

Lecture Mon 1st Nov 2021

Next-Generation Solar Photovoltaics

Dr. Sam Stranks, Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology / Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

A material family called halide perovskites is enabling higher performance photovoltaics for cheaper power generation and new mobility and space applications.

Lecture Mon 24th Jan 2022

Previously…

Bridging The Gap

Participants: Ben Ockmore (Arm); Dr. Andrea Kells (Arm); Dr Nathaniel “Wes” Filardo (Microsoft Research Cambridge); Aurelien Dworniczek (Arm); Dr Robert N. M. Watson / Dr Jonathan Woodruff (University of Cambridge).

An event bringing together early-career researchers in industry with their University counterparts. Join us online at from 18:00 to 19:15 on Tuesday 6 July.

Lecture Tue 6th Jul 2021

Exploring the application of research

Recent speakers include Professor George Malliaras of Cambridge University Engineering Dept., on electronic interfacesto the brain; Dr. Pearce Keane of Moorfields Eye Hospital, on the use of AI in interpretation of retinal scans; Dr. Giles Yeo from the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, University of Cambridge, on the truth about diets; Professor Nigel Brandon from Imperial College London, on the role of hydrogen in the UK economy; Professor Didier Queloz, University of Cambridge, on the exoplanet revolution; and Professor Ruth Cameron, University of Cambridge, on ice templating for regenerative medecine.

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Visits are suspended at the moment, but pre-pandemic we have been to CMR Surgical, to see its world-leading Versius system of next-generation robotic-assisted surgery; Greene King’s historic Bury St Edmunds Brewery in the company of Ross O’Hara, the youngest Master Brewer in the UK; and to the Cavendish Laboratory’s Maxwell Centre, one of the world's leading physics research laboratories and its Centre dedicated to industrial and societal applications.

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News

11th Sep 2021

Congratulations to Prof Sir Colin Humphreys