Harnessing cancer patients’ own immune system to control disease.

Professor Ann Ager, MA, PhD, FLSW

T cell homing in cancer immunotherapy: challenges and opportunities


Mon 30th May 2022

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Are we alone?

Dr.Robin Catchpole

How likely is technologically advanced life elsewhere in the Universe?


Mon 13th Jun 2022

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Antimicrobial resistance - TBC

Professor Steve Baker



Mon 17th Oct 2022

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Dyslexia, Rhythm, Language and the Developing Brain

Professor Usha Goswami, CBE FRS FBA



Mon 31st Oct 2022

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CSAR has returned to face-to-face lectures at Churchill College, with live streaming of the event (via Zoom) for those who don't wish to attend in person.

If you plan to attend in person, you must book your place using Eventbrite. See the invitation email for the Eventbrite link (in order to receive invitation emails, you need to be a member of CSAR - see below).

For those of you attending in person, face coverings and 1 metre social distancing will be required outside the lecture theatre, and the numbers allowed in the lecture hall will be restricted. Happily, the traditional tea, coffee and biscuits before the lecture will again be available. Self-service dinner in the Churchill Dining Hall is also still available.

Churchill College also requests that in-person attendees test themselves before arrival using a lateral flow test and, of course, come along only if the test is negative.

We also plan to use Eventbrite to distribute the links for viewing 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.


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.

CSAR is a registered charity run by volunteers; donations are very welcome and allow us to continue our operations (covering, for example, our Zoom licence) and to maintain our PhD Student Award scheme. You can find a button to donate via our Paypal account on each lecture page, and on the Sponsors and Donors page.

Coming up soon…

Harnessing cancer patients’ own immune system to control disease.

Professor Ann Ager, MA, PhD, FLSW, Professor of Cellular Immunity and Immunotherapy, Division of Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine and Systems Immunity Research Institute, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

T cell homing in cancer immunotherapy: challenges and opportunities

Lecture Mon 30th May 2022

Are we alone?

Dr.Robin Catchpole, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

How likely is technologically advanced life elsewhere in the Universe?

Lecture Mon 13th Jun 2022


Projectile Fusion

Dr. Nathan Joiner, First Light Fusion, Yarnton, Oxfordshire

A new challenge in applied computational science and engineering

Lecture Mon 23rd May 2022

Protein self-assembly

Professor Tuomas Knowles, Professor of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics, Cambridge University

From fundamentals to applications in materials and drug discovery

Lecture Mon 21st Mar 2022

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.


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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22nd May 2022

Zhaozhi Qian: paper on disease progression of COVID-19 patients

10th Mar 2022

Prof. Jonathan Heeney's company receives grant for vaccine development

7th Dec 2021

Benjamin Droguet interviewed by "WIRED"