The Cambridge Philosophical Society has initiated a programme of Henslow Research Fellowships for promising early career research workers to carry out independent research for a period of up to three years. The Fellowships are named in honour of John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861), Professor of Botany in the University of Cambridge, and co-founder of the Cambridge Philosophical Society in 1819. The Henslow Fellowships are held in selected Colleges, and Fellows are entitled to the same rights and privileges as other Research Fellows of the College. Fellowships may be held in any of the natural sciences, engineering, computing or mathematics.
The first Henslow Fellowships were awarded in 2010. Dr Jimena Berni was elected by Downing College for research in developmental neuroscience, focusing on the assembly of neuronal circuits that control locomotion during development in the fruit fly Drosophila, to be held in the Department of Zoology. Dr Ulrike Bauer was elected by Robinson College for research in ecology and evolution of pitcher traps in carnivorous plants, to be held in the Department of Plant Sciences. Lucy Cavendish College and Girton College have been nominated by the Society to host Henslow Fellowships in 2011, and Selwyn College and Wolfson College are to commence in 2012.
The Cambridge Philosophical Society works to promote many other areas of scientific endeavour, including travel grants to enable members to attend conferences or to undertake field-work, and research studentships for graduate students to complete promising scientific research that has been unavoidably delayed or requires extra time for completion. During the Michaelmas and Lent Terms the Society offers a series of evening lectures on the latest advances in science and technology, which are open to the wider public. There is also an annual Honorary Fellow’s Lecture by a distinguished scientist. Recent speakers have included Sir John Sulston FRS, Lord Rees FRS, the Astronomer Royal, and Sir John Gurdon FRS. The Society also publishes two journals, Biological Reviews and Mathematical Proceedings.