Each week, the Murray Edwards MCR committee will share some of the opportunities and events coming up around Cambridge.

Please send your suggestions and announcements to mcr-secretary@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk

Please find the Lent Term Card with all college events here.

Events- Academic and Professional

Cambridge Humanities Review Wine Reception- 9th Feb, 7-10pm

You are formally invited to join the Cambridge Humanities Review for a free wine reception at Peterhouse Parlour on Friday 9 February 2018. There will the opportunity to purchase the latest issue of the journal, as well as to meet Issue 15 contributors Hunter Dukes and Rachel Fraser.

Facebook event here:

Publishing for a non-academic audience- 2nd Feb, 12-2pm

Part of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) seminar series, Room 1.25, David Attenborough Building, Lunch will be provided

Will de Freitas, The Conversation- The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Our team of professional editors work with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.

We are delighted that the team from The Conversation will be coming in for the second year running to provide a comprehensive workshop on how to write for a non-academic audience.

Please Register in Advance

Community and Social Diversity-9th Feb, 12-2.30pm

Part of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) seminar series, Room 1.25, David Attenborough Building, Lunch will be provided

Vanessa Evans and Rob Small, Fauna and Flora International

This is the second module we are running taken from the training programme INTRINSIC (Integrating Rights and Social Issues in Conservation).

This workshop will explore and understand the diverse rights, responsibilities and incentives of multiple stakeholders that your research may encompass and how to recognise this diversity and complexity to enable a more balanced participation and distribution of power in decision-making.

Please Register in Advance

Blockchain Technology Conference -24th Feb, 09:00 am – 06:30 pm

The conference, held at the Judge Business School, will focus on the influence of blockchain on governmental affairs, and features speakers such as Stefan Geroge (founder of blockchain company Gnosis), Eva Kali (Member of European Parliament), Vinay Gupta (Release manager of Ethereum), and many more.

Cambridge Students & Staff | £25

Regular Conference Ticket | £35

Website: www.blockchaincambridge.com

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/147089749413761/

Tickets: https://joinagora.com/events/23147/

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences Conference 2018-14th March 2018

Registration for the exciting 10th edition of BBMS is now officially OPEN!

Sign up for FREE and join us on the 14th of March 2018 at Jesus College Cambridge to explore several interesting aspects of biomedical research!

BBMS is a student run one-day conference that brings together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries to discuss the interdisciplinary approaches that are essential to addressing the global health challenges of the 21st century. The diverse talks will incorporate discussions on policy, public health, basic science, industry, translational medicine and biotechnology.

The conference was a huge success last year so we hope you will consider joining us for an enriching and enlightening day of talks and networking in March!

Register for FREE here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-bridges-in-medical-sciences-2018-registration-42155828217

For more info and exciting news check out the webpage, Facebook and twitter

TEDxCambridgeUniversity Launch Event-2nd Feb, 7:30pm

The TEDxCambridgeUniversity Main Conference is around the corner- join us for drinks, snacks and a chance to win a ticket to the Conference at our Launch Event this Friday 2nd! We’ll be revealing the theme and speaker lineup for the Conference, and will hear ‘lightning’ taster Speeches from two of our Main Conference speakers!

We’re really excited that Tiara Sahar Ataii, founder of SolidariTee, will also be speaking at this event. She will be discussing tensions between the depiction of refugees in the media with the often subsidiary and rejected refugee identity in Farsi speaking communities themselves, and how this interacts with fundraising initiatives. Danny Baalkbaki, one of Cambridge’s best spoken word/ rap artist will also be performing!

Tickets are selling fast-  £3 including Prosecco and a chance to win a ticket to the Main Conference. Looking forward to seeing many of you on Friday!


Living Light Conference- 10th -14th Apr

Living light is a biennial interdisciplinary conference focusing on light-matter interaction in living organisms. Following 2016’s success at the Scripps Research Institute, the next conference will take place in Cambridge, United Kingdom from the 10th to 14th of April 2018.

We invite everyone with an interest in light in living organisms to participate. The conference topics covers (without being limited to):
– Biological photonic structures;
– Optics of natural materials;
– Development and evolution of structural colouration in nature;
– Bio-photoluminescence;
– Ecology and biochemistry of structural colour in nature.

The deadline for abstract submissions for talks or posters is 29 January 2018 (http://www.livinglight-conference.org).

The journal Biomimetics offer travel awards for PhD’s and postdocs to attend relevant conferences (deadline 31 Jan 2018).

Events- Social

Sparkling Social- 2nd Feb 8:30pm

Please join us in the MCR after this week’s formal for drinks, snacks, and socialising with our Robinson guests. Open to everyone whether or not you’re attending formal!

MURRAY EDWARDS MCR BOP- 3rd Feb 8:30pm-midnight

The annual MCR bop with be this saturday in the dome the theme is stranger things. Please find the event page and ticket links here.

We are also still looking for volunteers if you help you will get to enter the bop for FREE*!! Just sign up at this link.

*If you’ve already bought a pre-sale ticket but would like to volunteer, we will reimburse you! Just email mcr-president@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk

PUNdamentally Political Pub Quiz!- 2nd Feb 7:30-9:30pm

Join the staff & contributors of The Cavendish Chronicle at the Lucy Cav Bar on Friday 2nd of February, and let’s get down to quiz-ness! Test your general knowledge, political savvy, and tinfoil modelling skills.

The Lucy Cav Bar will be selling punny, politics-themed cocktails all evening!

Event Page

The HashtagCupid Sesh- 9th Feb 8pm-2am

Calling all romantics (and non-romantics)!!

Fitzwilliam MCR are indulging in commercialism as a thinly veiled excuse to PARTY!!

Where ever your lovelife falls on the romance scale, whether you’re at “I will always love you” (Whitney), “It wasn’t me” (Shaggy), or somewhere in between “Dancing on my own” (Robyn), there is something for everyone. Come show off your romance, make a new one or just dance like there’s no deadlines!

Fancy dress is not mandatory – but if anyone does manage it, there will be a free drink

Event Page

Careers and Volunteering

CamExpress- Deadline 18th Feb

CamExpress is an educational consultancy firm,  providing Chinese students with the best complementary educational services possible.

Since its establishment, the company has recruited current Oxbridge students as university application mentors. Within the Shanghai market, CamExpress has developed the industry’s leading university preparation summer camps and other value-adding educational services for Chinese students. 

For the 2018 summer programme (based in Shanghai and Qingdao, China), we are once again seeking hard-working, highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals with a consistent academic record and a desire to add significant value to the students and overall programme.

Benefits of the scheme include

Being based in China for a period of 8 weeks during summer 2018

A travel grant of £600 to cover flight costs

Free accommodation

A weekly stipend

Organised weekend entertainment and trips

The following are some criteria that Cam Express will be looking for in prospective applicants:

Excellent academic track record

Strong command of both written and spoken English

High levels of motivation

Ability to work well in a team

Passionate about education consulting

Degree course in one of the following subjects: engineering, natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology), mathematics, medicine, computer science, finance and accounting, land economy or economics major, history, philosophy

Those that are interested in applying will need to fill in the application form, found here:


by Sunday 18 February 2018 (Early Recruitment Deadline). Interviews will be held shortly after this date. If you have any further questions or simply want to find out more about the programme, please do get in touch with one of our representatives at camexpressrecruitment@gmail.com

Study Participants Wanted

Department of Psychiatry-£60

Are you interested in how the brain processes the taste of sugar?

Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry are inviting healthy volunteers take part in a brain imaging study on how the brain processes the taste of soft drinks.

The study takes place at MRC, Cognition and Brain Science Unit, and consists of a 30 min screening session and 2.5h hour testing session. We will make functional MRI scans, while you taste soft drinks. We will also ask you to complete some personality questionnaires. You will be compensated £60 for your time.

Eligibility criteria:


Normal or corrected-to-normal vision

Good command of English

Sometimes drinking soft drinks

18-40 years old

Body mass index (BMI) between 18.5-24.9 kg/m2

No history of brain injury/neurosurgery

Not undergoing current dieting

No neurological disorder, psychiatric condition or psychoactive medication

If you think you might like to participate, please contact Elena Mainetto for more information, em725@cam.ac.uk

Can you learn an alien language? – £15 Amazon voucher

We are looking for participants for our online and mobile based study – the study involves playing a mobile game in which you will learn to communicate with aliens.

If you are 13 or over and speak English then you are eligible for our study. The study consists of a short survey, a mobile game and a few online psychological tasks. These can all be completed in your own time over a few days (collectively taking about 3 hours), and if you complete them all then you will receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

If you are interested, follow this link to the survey to begin the experiment. https://tinyurl.com/AlienTalk

For more information about the research please contact Seb at sjw244@cam.ac.uk


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