Cambridge Science Festival at the IfM

The IfM opens its doors for Cambridge Science Festival. Come along to discover more about the exciting things that go on here!

All of the events listed below are open to the public from 13.00 - 17.00 on Saturday 23 March. We will operate a ticketing system for some of the activities to avoid queuing.


Laser lab tours

Get a glimpse of the latest laser technologies and find out how they are used in industry. Watch our experts show you the amazing things that can be done with this technical kit. Get here early to pick up a ticket.


Virtual Reality 
Immerse yourself in a 3D virtual and interactive environment! - Limited availability.


Pecha Kucha challenge 

2pm - 4pm

Graduate students enrolled for a PhD in engineering will take on the challenge of sharing their research with you in just 6 min 40 sec, using the Pecha Kucha presentation method of 20 slides each lasting 20 sec. Will they succeed? Join us for just one or stay for as many as you like (they can be addictive!).


Manufacturing tomorrow: how engineers are building the future .. now!

1.30pm – 2.30pm, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Professor Tim Minshall explores how engineers are merging the physical and the digital worlds to change the way we make, buy and use everything from cars to planes, foods to medicines, phones to furniture, .. and so much more. Pre-book, Free, Talk, All ages

Laser tin can alley

Fire your laser at our Institute for Manufacturing tin can alley to see who can knock down the most tin cans! All ages, Hands-on, Drop in, Free


Steel #snap

Have your group selfie etched onto steel using one of the Institute for Manufacturing's high-powered laser markers. All ages, Hands-on, Drop in, Free


It’s a small world
Come to our microscope lab and peer into the unknown.


What would you use THAT for?

Try some of the latest science-based products from local companies and win a prize for thinking of the most original ways to use them! All ages, Hands-on, Drop in, Free







For further information please contact:

Events Team

T: +44 (0)1223 748267


Event location

Advanced Engineering

Wed 30 to Thu 31 October 2019