Trinity College Science Society
is the most active science society in Cambridge, providing a rich programme of seminar series, panel discussions, film nights, and other social events. While based in Trinity College, all talks are free and open to all members of the university and the general public, and are accompanied by generous refreshments. Browse through our programme for the coming year to see the remarkable speakers and events we have lined up.


Latest news:

Check out our latest term card!
posted on 10 Oct 2018

Our next event:

Thu
25
Oct
Julian Huppart speaking on
The Huppert, or There and Back Again
Julian Huppert, who has completed his PhD in chemistry under Shankar Balasubramanian and served as MP for Cambridge from 2010 to 2015, will speak on scientific matters with political zest – or vice versa. The talk will be entertaining for scientists and politicians alike.

This talk is organised in collaboration with Trinity Politics Society

18:00   ·   Winstanley Lecture Theatre

Events

Thu
25
Oct
Julian Huppart speaking on
The Huppert, or There and Back Again
Julian Huppert, who has completed his PhD in chemistry under Shankar Balasubramanian and served as MP for Cambridge from 2010 to 2015, will speak on scientific matters with political zest – or vice versa. The talk will be entertaining for scientists and politicians alike.

This talk is organised in collaboration with Trinity Politics Society

18:00   ·   Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Thu
1
Nov
Max Bodmer, Operation Wallacea speaking on
The dangerous consequences of the decline of coral reefs
Coral reefs are among the most beautiful and diverse places on Earth, but, like most other ecosystems, they are under threat due to human activities. Deforestation, over-fishing, global warming and ocean acidification are having catastrophic effects on marine food chains with dangerous, and often unknown, consequences for mankind. This talk focusses on the value of coral reefs to human populations and the multiple threats that are currently operating to reduce reef health. It also discusses numerous ways in which coral reef researchers and conservationists are trying to reverse the fate of these incredibly important and fragile ecosystems.
18:00   ·   Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Thu
8
Nov
Prof. Ahmer Wadee speaking on
Interacting with instabilities: Nonlinearity in structural engineering
Ahmer Wadee is Professor of Nonlinear Mechanics at Imperial College London. Starting with historical background for structural engineering, he will pinpoint the emergence of mathematical modelling as a tool of trade. Ahmer will demonstrate that recent research in the field has empowered us not only to predict whether a structural instability is catastrophic, but also to exploit those flaws to our advantage.
18:00   ·   Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Thu
15
Nov
Prof. Didier Queloz speaking on
Exoplanets and the quest for universal life
The present exoplanets collection is not only made of gas giants like our own Jupiter, but also includes a steeply fraction of smaller planets some believed to be of similar composition than the Earth. For some of these exoplanets basic information on their atmospheric properties have even been retrieved. These early results are paving the way for future atmospheric studies of habitable terrestrial exoplanets with the hope to obtain a solid evidence of the existence of life around another star. Confined for centuries to the category of pure speculation and philosophical debates, the existence of life outside our solar system, is at the edge of reaching the stage of a testable scientific hypothesis.
18:00   ·   Old Combination Room
Thu
22
Nov
Prof. John Walker speaking on
Life and death in an old enzyme: the ATP synthase
Professor Emeritus of the LMB John E. Walker will talk about his studies of ATP synthase structure, which earned him the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 1997, and its functions, which could be exploited to fight tuberculosis, antibiotic-resistant infections, and heart diseases.
18:00   ·   Old Combination Room
For more events, see our full programme or download our latest term card.
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