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Image: Dr Hector Orengo, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge


Cambridge Science Festival

12–25 March 2018


Here's a selection of talks and events related to language sciences presented as part of the Festival. For the full programme visit the Festival website.

There's no need to pre-book events unless specifically stated. Bookings open on 12 February.





Wednesday 14 March

What Is Conversation?



*For adults*

Latimer Room, Clare College, Trinity Lane, CB2 1TL

This interactive event focuses on "Thinking Without Words". Tango and magic are the tools used by Professor Nicky Clayton, Department of Psychology, and artist Clive Wilkins use to explore the subjective experience of cognition, where our imaginative powers allow us to think outside the box and generate non-verbal synergy.


Making Sense of the Mind and Brain


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, CB2 7EF

An evening at the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit exploring our research in psychology and neurosciences through hands-on activities and experiments followed by short talks.


Saturday 17 March

From Rhythm and Language: towards maths cognition


Department of Psychology, Downing Site, CB2 3EB

Join scientists from the Centre for Neuroscience in Education for interactive hands-on demonstrations investigating the neuroscience of learning... and move a virtual box with your thoughts!


Dyslexia, Rhythm and the Brain


Psychology Lecture Theatre, Department of Psychology, Downing Site, CB2 3EB

Professor Usha Goswami, Department of Psychology, presents an overview of how brain rhythms encode speech rhythms and why this neural process may be atypical in dyslexia.


Wednesday 21 March

Wiki, Please, Explain!



Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

Unlike most of us, computers are very good at quickly absorbing huge amounts of information. Unfortunately, they are less good at sharing their knowledge with us. Humans learn best through conversation, and conversations are not something that comes naturally to computers. So, how we do teach computers to talk? Dr Milica Gašić explains how researchers in machine learning approach this challenge today.


Thursday 22 March

How Do Brains Learn About the World Around Us?



Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

How does the brain piece together information from the senses to interact with a rapidly changing world? How does the brain learn and how does experience re-organise its functions? Does the brain need a personal trainer? Can you get an old brain to learn new tricks? Can we re-wire our brain through training? Join Dr Zoe Kourtzi, Department of Psychology, to find out.