Attending lectures

CSAR lectures are held in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre at Churchill College, with live streaming of the event (via Zoom) for those who don't wish to attend in person. 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.

If you attend in person, you are welcome to buy self-service dinner in Churchill Dining Hall beforehand. Wine, tea and coffee, and biscuits are also available outside the lecture theatre. After the meeting, we often retire to the Churchill bar to discuss the lecture - sometimes with the lecturer, sometimes not.

Please do not attend the lectures in person if you are feeling ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19.

We have been experimenting with different ways of distributing the links for viewing events via Zoom, including the use of Eventbrite. 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.

For those of you unfamiliar with Zoom, it is an app or software for online meetings and discussion with video and audio, and is very easy to use. It works on tablets and phones (Android and Apple), and on laptop or desktop computers (Windows or Apple). Ideally your computer should have a camera and a microphone, but you can listen to and watch a meeting without these.

All you need to do to join a CSAR meeting via Zoom is to click on the link that we send you via email. The first time you do this, you may be asked to approve the download and installation of a small piece of software, which takes a few seconds; for subsequent sessions, just click on the link in the email and you'll join the meeting.

You can also download Zoom for tablets or phones from either the Playstore (for Android devices) or the App Store (for Apple devices), or from for laptops and desktops. The Zoom website and the internet in general is full of instructions for how to use Zoom for your particular device. This allows you to set up and host your own meetings.

Events will be announced here on the website and by email when they are finalized. The emails, which include the joining links for Zoom participation, 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 lectures, 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 (Of course, we very much welcome paid memberships as well.) Finally, under "Marketing Option" choose "Yes" to receive notification of future events. You don't need to remember a password; our membership system will send you a one-time link if you wish to update your details.

Thank you for your interest in CSAR and its programme. The move to online webinars has meant a reduction in our income from the £5/£2 fees from Pay-As-You-Go/student attendees at face-to-face lectures. 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 CSAR is a registered charity run by volunteers.


16th Jun 2022

Dr Nick Jones (2016 CSAR Student Award winner)

16th Jun 2022

Dr Douwe Kiela (2016 CSAR Student Award winner)

16th Jun 2022

Dr Ashish Goel (2016 CSAR Student Award winner)