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Join us in March 2024 for our free public and family events for the annual Cambridge Festival!

The Cambridge Festival is an annual celebration sharing the huge range and breadth of the University's research and discovery with the public. From hands-on family events to talks about some of the latest and most exciting work in mathematics and theoretical physics, find out more below about this year's events involving staff and students from the Mathematics Faculty.


The first half of the CMS inner tracker barrel. (c) CERN

The Force Awakens: Quantum Collisions

Saturday 23 March 2024, 11.00am to 12.00pm

Venue: Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Speaker: Professor Ben Allanach (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge)

Large Hadron Collider experiments at CERN have discovered the Higgs boson, the final missing piece of the Standard Model of particle physics. In this highly interactive talk, Professor Ben Allanach (DAMTP) will describe how the accelerator and its experiments work generally, and also give more specific details about the discovery of the Higgs boson. Based on this information, he will then help the audience to understand the Standard Model, a highly successful quantum field theory.

Recently though, other experiments in America have brought the Standard Model into question through the possible signs of a new quantum force….

Suitable for ages 12+.

More information and how to book

This public talk is organised by the Isaac Newton Institute as part of the 2024 Cambridge Festival. For more information and the booking link please see the Isaac Newton Institute website.


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Mathematics Discovery Day

Saturday 23 March 2024, 12.00pm to 4.00pm

Venue: Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Join us for our Mathematics Discovery Day - part of the 2024 Cambridge Festival.

Cambridge mathematicians and theoretical physicists work on everything from number theory to the Big Bang, using maths to tackle problems ranging from climate change to modelling the spread of pandemics.  

Join staff and students from the Faculty of Mathematics for hands-on activities, games and pop-up explorations to discover more! Discover the fluids lab hidden beneath our lawn to explore applied maths demonstrations and experiments (from human plumes to turbulence), practise your problem solving, challenge yourself to use statistics to learn Ancient Greek, and explore how maths can help us fight infectious disease with Lego epidemics.

This free family event is part of the 2024 Cambridge Festival. No booking required - drop in throughout the afternoon. 

The Maths Cafe will be open throughout the event, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches.

Suitable for all ages from 8 to adult. Please note that all under-16s must be accompanied by a supervising adult.


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