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CEB Rocks at Science Festival 2018

last modified Mar 28, 2018 11:55 AM

CEB colleagues joined forces again to share their work with the public again at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival, aimed at 'making sense of the world' we live in. Over its two-week duration it offered  the public over 320 events, mostly free, including talks, exhibitions, films, performances, and hands-on experiences for people of all ages.

The Festival presented an impressive line-up of who's who from the science world and CEB colleagues did not fail to impress the crowds again this year.

Science Festival 2018 has seen CEB contribute two events on two separate weekends a well as offering talks and presentations.  Last Saturday in the Plant Sciences Marquee at Downing Site proved a great opportunity to showcase our research to a broader audience at the stall, with people of all ages visiting the stalls exhibiting on anything related to sensors, bio-sensibility and no-sense experiments!

Festival goers were treated to a science stravaganza in style and, despite the cold temperatures inside the Marquee, the crowds were not put off and CEB's stall was buzzing once again. The level of public interaction matched that of previous years, especially getting  kids of all ages engaged with our games and experiments on show. The little ones enjoyed just wearing our lab coats and googles and feeling like scientists for the day.

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Dr Ljiljana Fruk, leading  public engagement at CEB, commented; "We had some hands-on chemical experiments on sensing and colour formation, we explained molecular basis of aromatic oils provided by Chris Bawden (including molecular models), looked at some extremophiles in water courtesy of Sensor CDT folk and also showed fascinating cells using mobile phone inspired microscopes.

child with experiment book_5693.jpgThere were also two novelties this year: the launch of the CEB Sense Experiment booklet and touch and hear sensory memory games by up-and-coming game designers Armano Linta. We were trying it ourselves and I can confirm it was a huge hit. It was wonderful having new PhD students, the Sensor CDT cohort under the watchful eyes of Dr Oliver Hadeler, and Dr Roisin Owens's group on board this year! We concluded we are more than ready to open our building to the Science Festival goers in 2019! The general public is mainly interested in science that can be  translated to solve some pressing problems. Our annual contribution to the SF shows our commitment to promoting science and research to younger generations."

There have also been talk contributions by CEB Researchers: Dr Amberley Stephens presented So you want to be a scientist? on 19 March. Dr Ljiljana Fruk also gave a presentation on 21 March on This does not make any sense: six words that rocked molecular science showcasing discoveries and molecules, which, despite not making much sense initially, they have rocked our world and massively changed the way we live.

CEB also ran a Mock Clean Room and some sensing experiments on  Saturday 24 March in Maxwell Centre in West Cambridge from 12 onwards.

The Science Festival has certainly been a repeat public engagement success for CEB again and we are hoping to open our own doors to it next year by hosting activities in our new home in West Cambridge!