Q: How long does a membership subscription last?

A: Membership subscriptions last for 12 months from the date of joining, or from the date when renewal becomes due. So, if you join part way through the year you will still get 12 months value out of your subscription.

Q: I'm a member of CSAR. Can I bring a guest?

A: Yes, guests are welcome, subject to space. The best way to organize this is to book them in via Eventbrite, using the link on each lecture page.

If your guest is a member of your family you might wish to consider a family membership.

Q: Can I reserve a seat for a lecture in advance?

A: Unfortunately not, so we encourage you to come early to avoid disappointment, although the lecture room is not as crowded as it was pre-pandemic. You may wish to use the time before the lecture to have supper or a drink.

Q: When I use 'add to my calendar' I receive a message from AddEvent. Why?

A: AddEvent is a third party company which provides this function for CSAR. When events change their details, we would like this to be updated in your calendar, which is made possible by using 'push' notifications. AddEvent requests your permission to send you 'push' notifciations.

Q: How can I propose a speaker?

A: Speaker suggestions are very welcome. Please email them to the Vice-President, Dr. Valerie Anderson. Please provide their name, organisation, and a short statement as to why you think they'd make a good speaker. A link to a video of them speaking would be very helpful. We're happy to receive self-nominations.

Q: How can I get more involved in CSAR?

A: We welcome volunteers who wish to be involved event organisation and marketing. Please email a member of Council or say hello at a future meeting. If you wish to become more deeply involved, vacancies on Council come up from time to time and we welcome those interested in applying.

Q: What are the charitable donations to CSAR used for?

A: The majority of donations are used to fund the CSAR PhD Student Awards.

Q: Why do we ask you to let us know your gender and age group?

A: We try to ensure that the membership of CSAR reflects the demography of people living in and around Cambridge. For instance, women are currently under-represented in our membership. It's only by tracking the statistics that we can see whether we are improving.

Q: Why do we ask your feedback on events that you did not attend?

A: Because we want to know why you did not attend. For instance, did the topic not appeal or were you simply too busy? This feedback helps shape the future programme.

Q: Does CSAR video its lectures?

We record all lectures (provided the speaker gives permission) and the videos subsequently appear on the page for the lecture and on our YouTube channel.

Q: I'm trying to renew my membership from an old-ish PC and am getting error messages. What should I do?

A: If your PC uses software that is no longer supported, such as Windows XP, you may not be able to use the membership software to renew your membership. In this case please write to marketing@csar.org.uk stating that you wish to renew, and we will renew you, pending payment. You can then pay either by online banking (preferably) or cheque. The details for this are:

  • To pay by online banking, please use sort code 40-52-40 and account number 00021400, and add your email address as the reference.
  • To pay by cheque (last resort, please, as this is very labour-intensive) please post your cheque (payable to Cambridge Society for the Application of Research) to John Cook, 4 Girton Road, Cambridge CB3 0LJ.

Unfortunately we can't take card payments.

Thank you for your interest in CSAR and its programme. If you would like to help us maintain our activities at their current level, you can make a donation to CSAR here, via PayPal or a bank card. Your gift will by default go into our general income fund; if you would like it to be used for a specific purpose such as the PhD Students Awards scheme, please let us know at info@csar.org.uk. CSAR is a registered charity run by volunteers.


7th Dec 2023

Dr. Carol Ibe (2019 CSAR Student Award winner )

2nd Sep 2023

Smart rugby ball used in Six Nations 2023