skip to primary navigationskip to content

University Alumni Festival

Alumni Fest_Other Fests PageThe University's annual Alumni Festival is an opportunity for previous students to return to Cambridge and spend time finding out about the latest developments and research. 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. alumni 2

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.

*These events are free but due to space limitations we can only accommodate a limited number of visitors at each annual session, so we recommend booking early online once this year's full programme has been released.*

Previous themes have included:

2017 & 2018: Studying development to understand disease

How do scientists at the Gurdon Institute uncover what goes wrong in cancer, dementia and other diseases? The answer is: by studying different model systems from yeast to flies to mice to human organoids, in order to understand how cells develop. 

2016: How to understand disease

Professor Andrea Brand discussed her research on nutritional effects in the developing nervous system. This was followed by a tour of our super-resolution imaging systems, the Xenopus egg facility, and short presentations from young scientists working with Drosophila in the Brand lab.  

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

Group leader Rick Livesey gave a talk 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.