Humanity’s quest to discover the origins of life in the universe

Dr Emily Mitchell, Assistant Professor and Curator of Invertebrates in the Department of Zoology, Cambridge and previous Henslow Fellow recently gave a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Washington DC on the Origins of Life: Humanity’s Quest to Discover the Nature of Life in the Universe.

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24 November

Scientific treasures shown at the Wren Library

Following on from our summer visit to the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Bletchley Park, CPS visited the Wren Library at Trinity College Cambridge. The tour was kindly hosted by Dr Nicolas Bell, Librarian at The Wren.

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02 August

History beneath our feet

Society Fellow in Earth Sciences, Professor Marian Holness explores the geological and social history of cobbles at Trinity College Cambridge.

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11 July

George Howard Darwin and the ‘Public’ Understanding of Nature

Dr. Edwin Rose will give a talk on George Howard Darwin (1845–1912), Charles Darwin's second child and twice president of the Society.

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08 July

Darwin in Conversation

Cambridge University Library will be holding an exhibition of Charles Darwin’s letters from 9 July – 4 December 2022. Cambridge Philosophical Society has a long relationship with the Darwin family, which goes back to the very early days of Charles Darwin's career and that of the Society.

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16 May


Explosion of Life: The Origins of Animals

Dr Emily Mitchell from the Department of Zoology, along with Professor Simon Conway Morris and Dr Alex Liu, both from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge discuss their research into the Ediacaran and Cambrian periods and the techniques used to collect fossil data in the field. 

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