BIOSOC Dr Colin Russell – Infectious disease evolution |

BIOSOC Dr Colin Russell – Infectious disease evolution | 7pm Wednesday 3rd December | Plant Sciences Large Lecture Theatre |

Dr. Colin Russell is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and focuses on the interface between infectious disease evolution and epidemiology. He has published a number of ground-breaking papers including “The potential for respiratory droplet transmissible A/H5N1 influenza virus to evolve in a mammalian host” (Russell et al., 2012).
Everybody’s favourite lecturer is coming to talk at BioSoc – don’t miss out! You can even sign up to have dinner with him afterwards, places are limited so check out the facebook event page for more info.

Free for members, £2 for non-members, £15 for lifetime membership, £10 for annual membership

Watersprite online judging

Watersprite 2015 is looking for film enthusiasts for this year’s online judging stage. If you have a few hours to spare between the 8th and 14th December 2014 and would like to play a part in judging the work of a wealth of exciting, international film talent, we want you to be one of our online judges!
Want to get involved? Send an email to by the 30th November 2014 stating your age, gender, university, degree/profession, as well as a brief description why you would like to be an online judge this year.
The judging process itself is very simple, and is a great opportunity to see some incredible short films! Find out more:

Apply to direct, musical direct or produce “The Sorcerer”

Applications for directors, musical directors and producers for ‘The Sorcerer’ and ‘The Grand Duke’ are now open!

If you wish to apply, then please read the information below, then send your application by midnight on Wednesday 3rd December to the society secretary, Zowie Sweetland, at

Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society are excited to announce that we will perform ‘The Sorcerer’ at the Minack from 14th-19th September 2015.

Starry-eyed young lovers Alexis and Aline wish everyone in their village could be as happily besotted as they are. In a moment of inspiration, they decide to hire John Wellington Wells, a distinguished representative of a highly respectable London firm of sorcerers, to brew a love-potion for their fellow citizens. It remains only to slip the potion into the tea at the wedding feast, and well, it’s G&S, you know the rest. Strange infatuations, social satire, and yes, hilarity all ensue. An uproariously funny but subtly dark operetta, The Sorcerer was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first great success. Join CUG&S as we conjure comedy and drama.

Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society are also pleased to announce that we will be performing ‘The Grand Duke’ at the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival in Harrogate on 11th August 2015.

The curtain rises on the market square of Speisesaal where Ernest Dummkopf’s acting troupe is rehearsing for a production of the Greek tragedy Troilus and Cressida. Beneath the theatrical veneer, a conspiracy is afoot among the thespians to overthrow Rudolph, the Grand Duke. However, this in inadvertently betrayed… With conspiracy, intrigue and a statutory duel ‘The Grand Duke’ is sure to be an exciting show.

New University Environment Policy

The university’s proposed new environment policy was released on 3/11 for student consultation (
Please complete this poll and share your thoughts!
For those who agree that the university needs to be ambitious in its environmental aims, join us on Saturday 29/11 at 2.00 pm in Parker’s Piece, for a bike rally to demonstrate we want the University’s environment policy to live up to its world-leading reputation.

Science Outreach


CHaOS (Cambridge Hands-On Science) is recruiting volunteers for its Winter Roadshow, happening on Thursday 4th – Tuesday 9th December (after the end of term for undergraduates). We will be going to Cambridgeshire schools and public events demonstrating our interactive science experiments for children and families, showing them just how interesting science can be.

We need plenty enthusiastic volunteers to demonstrate the experiments, which range from building bridges and explaining why things glow in the dark to looking at creepy crawlies and introducing children to Boris the skeleton. No experience is necessary – each experiment comes with a description of how it works and what to talk about. You can volunteer for just one day, or more if you like, and all you need to bring is yourself and your passion for science.

If you’d like to volunteer, fill in the sign-up form at

If you want to find out more, take a look at our website!


Seminar Assistants Wanted for Cambridge Academic Development Seminar Programme in January, February, and March 2015

Job Description: Several groups of university students from Asia will attend academic exchange seminars (each lasting about 13 or 14 days) in Cambridge in January, February, and March 2015. The programme mainly consists of academic lectures, visits, and social activities, which aims to offer students a taste of studying and living in Cambridge. The position that we are now recruiting includes part time seminar assistants, who will work with a team to accompany students during their 13 or 14 days’ stay in Cambridge. There are 7 time slots available to choose from. Successful applicants can choose any one or more than one time slot from the following:

Slot 1: 21st Jan.—3rd Feb, 2015

Slot 2: 24th Jan.—6th Feb, 2015

Slot 3: 25th Jan.—8th Feb, 2015

Slot 4: 27th Jan.—9th Feb, 2015

Slot 5: 2nd Feb.—15th Feb, 2015

Slot 6: 3rd Feb.—16th Feb, 2015

Slot 7: 1st Mar—14th Mar, 2015

The job of seminar assistants includes:

Lectures: assisting to ensure the smooth flow of the lectures, such as preparing lecture rooms, handout, and other materials that the lecturers may need; supervising students’ final presentation.

Visits: assisting to organise and accompany the visits to help students have a happy and safe tour in Cambridge, London and Oxford.

Social activities: organising and actively participating in social activities; communicating with students to help them gain a better idea of studying and living in Cambridge.

Logistics: helping with airport pickup, welcome reception, and so on.


Cambridge University Members are welcome to apply.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Fluent in English.

Prior experience in event organising is preferred.

Payment: 600 pounds (base salary) + 200 pounds (bonus; depending on the feedback from students and seminar manager)


If you are interested, please send your CV to, and state your preferred time slots as many as possible. The deadline for application is 3rd Dec, 2014. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend the interview. We will contact you shortly after receiving your registration.

If you have any inquiry, please feel free to contact Michael at

Effective Politics – 80,000 Hours: Cambridge

TIME: 27th November, 8pm
LOCATION: Lightfoot Room, Divinity School, St John’s College

Are you wondering how to make a positive impact through politics?

Julian Huppert is a Liberal Democrat politician and a Member of Parliament for Cambridge since 2010. Come and hear him speak about evidence based policy at John’s Divinity School in the Lightfoot Room!

And we’ll have a drinks reception afterwards as always!

If you have any problems finding the venue, call Matthew on 07814564278 or Adam on 07530408878.

Link to the FB event:

Sustainable Design Competition Launch (contains free Pizza)

Sustainable Design Competition Launch (contains free Pizza)

Interested in winning up to £1000, as well as developing your design solution with the help of Cambridge Research & Development Ltd? To find out more, come to the launch of the Sustainable Product Design Competition, hosted by Cambridge EcoHouse Initiative and sponsored by Cambridge Research & Development Ltd, at 1.00 pm on Wednesday 26th November in LR4 in the Engineering Department. There will be a presentation and Q&A session, as well as free pizza! All are welcome.

Enquiries contact:

Against Malaria Foundation Event

Against Malaria Foundation Event – Wednesday at 7.30pm, Castlereagh Room, Fisher Building -Come meet Peter Sherratt trustee of Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) which is one of Giving What We Can top rated organizations. They work to distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets in 35 countries across Africa, Asia and South America to protect against malarial infections. AFM is unique due to its high cost-effectiveness, as its lean organisational structure, careful use of technology and partnerships with local charities keep its costs exceptionally low. Come learn more about them on Wednesday !