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Engineering Biology in Cambridge

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Celebrating invention and innovation, exploring the boundaries of art, modern medicine and the natural world and diving into the life of a scientist - the Engineering Biology IRC highlights a selection of exciting events from Open Cambridge 2022.

"Open Cambridge, which is part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, is a celebration of Cambridgeshire – its past, present and future. From hidden nature reserves and majestic libraries to iconic buildings and enthralling stories of the past, this year’s 10-day Festival (9-18 September) features over 30 drop-in events across the city and county, alongside a further 60 bookable events."

- Open Cambridge

You can see the Engineering Biology IRC's highlights from this year's festival below and learn more about the festival on the Open Cambridge website.

Kill or Cure

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th and Friday 16th - Sunday 18th September, 10am-5pm

Wolfson College, The Combination Room and Gallery, Barton Road, CB3 9BB

Showcasing 36 contemporary artworks and 2 displays across a range of media, Kill or Cure explores how substances and properties which are both potentially lethal and/or life-giving and the fine boundary between the potential to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’, depending on applications, dose and usage. This exhibition aims to stimulate discussion and debate and explore the fascinating relationship between art, modern medicine and the natural world.

Booking not required

OrigiNation: Cambridge celebrates invention

Saturday 10th September, 6pm

Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane, CB5 8LD

Held at the Museum of Technology, this event will celebrate the collaborative spirit of inventors and creatives. You are invited to an evening of discovery and entertainment, with pre-booked guided tours of the museum and a pub quiz with added team challenges while enjoying food and drinks from the OtherSyde bar. Jinx St. Leger, head of the Museum's Steam Team, will give a guided tour of the Museum including the original use of the Pumping Station and its engines and the history of the people who worked there.

Booking required for tours.

What do scientists do, anyway?

Sunday 11th September, 10am-12pm, 1-3pm and 4-6pm

Sainsbury Laboratory , 47 Bateman Street , CB2 1LR

Join us for a day of scientific discovery: tour the lab, see some of our equipment in action and practice scientific skills while we explore the dynamic relationships within and between plants and their environment.

Booking required

Innovation & invention across the centuries

Friday 16 September, 3-4:30pm

Cambridge University Library, Milstein Seminar Rooms, West Road, CB3 9DR

Cambridge University Library’s rich special collections reveal much about human ingenuity and invention over the centuries. From Isaac Newton’s pioneering work in seventeenth-century Cambridge and early computers with Charles Babbage and Maurice Wilkes, to Caroline Herschel’s work on the heavens, our collections tell stories of scientific discovery and reveal much about the lives of those who helped us to understand the world. Drop-in and join us for this display of manuscript and printed treasures, followed by a self-guided tour of the exhibition 'Darwin in Conversation: The endlessly curious life and letters of Charles Darwin'.

Booking not required


Image credits: Kill or Cure: Wolfson College; OrigiNation: Cambridge Museum of Technology; What do scientists do, anyway?: Sainsbury Laboratory; Innovation & invention across the centuries: Cambridge University Library.