The new, interdisciplinary Cambridge Festival (replacing the Cambridge Science Festival and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas) will take place from 26 March to 4 April 2021. This year’s Festival will primarily be digital due to Covid restrictions.

There will still be strong and distinct platforms for the Sciences and the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. And the new Festival will include a uniquely Cambridge eclectic mixture of over 350 events and activities: from panel discussions, film premieres, and self-guided walking tours, to ‘try this at home’ activities for the whole family. Topics cover the breadth of Cambridge research and will be presented across the Festival’s four themes: Society, Health, Environment and Explore!

We’ve scoured the programme to bring you some highlights featuring Churchill Fellows!


1:00 – 2:00pm – Tim Cribb and Professor John Kinsella

Musical Mosaic

26th MARCH

11:00 – 11:30am – Professor Adrian Liston

Science Storytime!

27th MARCH

3:00 – 4:00pm – Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter

What do all the numbers mean?

28th MARCH

2:00 – 4:00pm – Dr Liz Soilleux

Are T-cells the secret weapon in COVID immunity?

29th MARCH

11:00 – 11:30am – Professor Adrian Liston

Science Storytime!

2:00 – 5:00pm – Archives Centre

Sir Robert Edwards

5:00 – 6:30pm – Dr Hannah Bower

Crazy Collections

6:00 – 7:00pm – Dr Leor Zmigrod

Democracy in an age of upheaval

6:30 – 7:45 – Professor Susan Ozanne

Set up for Life

30th MARCH

2:00 – 3:00pm – Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank

Public Health and Architecture

6:00 – 7:00pm – Dr Liz Soilleux

From Autopsy to Cutting Edge Diagnostics

31st MARCH

10:30 – 11:30am – Tim Minshall

Invention and Innovation


11:00 – 11:30am – Professor Adrian Liston

Science Storytime!


3:00 – 4:00pm – Dr Liz Soilleux

Browsing the Diagnostics Menu for Gluten