Set your clocks forward as Science and Healthcare come alive

This Sunday (25 March), the Cambridge Science Festival comes to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to conclude two weeks of insight for our patients and local people.

The Campus, home to much loved hospitals, world-leading pharmaceutical companies, Nobel Prize winning researchers among many other things, will be hosting a series of activities at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Institute  and the MRC’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, from 11am to 3pm.

There will be lots of things to see and do aimed at both the young and old and everyone in between, including:

  • Talks on: ‘High tech gizmos and apps for a healthy brain’, ‘Reading the genome: an evolutionary perspective’ and ‘Do you want to be a doctor?’
  • Escape the Cancer Research UK Lab - Set in a fictional cancer research lab, you must work together to solve a series of scientific puzzles in order to unlock the 3 clues to escape the lab within the 30 minute time limit. (limited tickets available)
  • Your immune army: how do cells communicate and sense?
  • High tech gizmos and apps for a healthy brain
  • From bench to bedside: how are therapeutic drugs developed? Learn about the drug development process and explore the weird and the wonderful microscopic world of the human body and beyond.
  • The Food Driving Test - Can you steer your way through our series of food and drink challenges, or will you be knocked off course?
  • STEM in Song is a science lesson like no other: songs about science, coupled with scientific demonstrations at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, aimed at children and adults with an interest in science, music and poetry.
  • Organ transplantation - Can we improve the quality and quantity of organs available for transplantation in the future?
  • Meet the scientists - Pop into our science booth and have a chat with our scientists about their research
  • Delve into a world full of discovery with Royal Papworth Hospital, one of the largest heart and lung hospitals in Europe. Get up close and personal with exciting activities that are saving people’s lives.
  • Know your poison - How do we know that our drugs are safe and contain the correct amount of drug?
  • Discover more about the new buildings under construction and the next phase of development at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

A number of events such as the Theatre and Mortuary tours at Cambridge University Hospital Trusts and the Teddy Bear Hospital are now full but there may be returns on the day.

Malcolm Lowe-Lauri, Executive Director of Cambridge University Health Partners, said: “The Cambridge Science Festival is a great time of year as everyone – young and old – becomes inspired by the amazing science going on in and around the city. We shouldn’t be surprised by now but the interest in all the things we have organised for Sunday has again been staggering, with places for the talks and activities proving to be in immediate demand when the tickets went online. So with the clocks going forward this Sunday, there isn’t a better thing to do this weekend than get up and come and see us to learn how science on the Biomedical Campus is working to improve the health of us all.”

Visitors are recommended to visit the Cambridge Biomedical Campus by foot, bicycle or bus but if you need to drive reduced price parking in Car Park 1 has been arranged. On leaving please take the un-validated parking ticket to the car park Customer Service desk, say you have been to Cambridge Science Festival to be charged just £2.90.

For more information about the Cambridge Science Festival on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus visit

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