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 individual lecture pages have links to the Eventbrite booking system where you can book tickets for in-person attendance or Zoom viewing. Attendance is free for subscribing members of CSAR (individual, family, school students...) ; there's a small fee for others.

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menu on the right has all of them (some speakers don't want their talks shown on YouTube, because they show us unpublished results).

If you attend in person, you are welcome to buy self-service dinner in Churchill Dining Hall beforehand, and wine, tea and coffee, and biscuits are available outside the lecture theatre. There is also usually the chance afterwards to chat with the speaker and other CSAR members afterwards in the college bar. There is plenty of free parking at Churchill.

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

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 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. 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. Of course, we very much welcome paid memberships as well, which give you unlimited free participation in events, and the chance to go on our visits to organisations in and around Cambridge. 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.

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 CSAR is a registered charity run by volunteers.


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Dr. Carol Ibe (2019 CSAR Student Award winner )

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Dr. Stephen Ajadi (2023 CSAR Student Award winner )