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University Alumni Festival

Alumni from across the University's teaching disciplines converge on the city for an annual event offering inside views and special presentations at multiple departments and institutions

The University's annual Alumni Festival is an opportunity for previous students to return to Cambridge and spend a weekend finding out about the latest developments and research. We offer a visit of between 90 minutes and two hours including a talk from a high-profile scientist and a tour of specific labs where younger researchers describe their areas of work. These visits always generate lively conversations, and our researchers find it interesting to reflect on the difference between these exchanges and those that they have with young school children or sixth-form students.


2016 Gallop

2016: How to understand disease

NOTE: Tickets for this upcoming event on 23 September 2016 have sold out, as of early July.

"How do scientists at the Gurdon Institute uncover what goes wrong in cancer, dementia and other human diseases? By studying yeast, flies, worms, frogs and human organoids to understand how cells develop. Join us for a talk from leading scientist Professor Steve Jackson, tour our labs and meet the researchers."




P Berg picturing Parkinsons winner

2015: Stem cells in the brain and in the culture dish

Twenty visitors were treated to a talk from group leader Rick Livesey about neural stem cell biology and its contribution to research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, followed by a guided tour of three different labs.




Research Associates Bernhard Strauss and Emmanuelle Vire led this introductory talk and tour.