Brain food: dozens of talks with Cambridge experts free online

Brain food: dozens of talks with Cambridge experts free online

King's College Wild Flower Meadow

Exercise your little grey cells with dozens of free talks from Alumni Festival

Record numbers of alumni and guests attended this year's digital Festival and it's not over because lots of the events are available to watch on our YouTube channel. We've picked out some highlights here - including the most popular talk of the whole Festival about King's wildflower meadow - or you can browse the full list.

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The exoplanet revolution: Professor Didier Queloz

The exoplanet revolution

Nobel Prize-winner Professor Didier Queloz discusses recent findings in exoplanet research. He presents new insights about the origins of life in the light of recent experiments about a possible origin of pre-biotic chemical building blocks, as well as a possible long-range pathway for detecting Earth-like systems amenable for remote study of life.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope in conversation with Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Cambridge Zero: Addressing the challenge of climate change

With a special message from Sir David Attenborough, watch the Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope, Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, and esteemed guests in a conversation about tackling the climate crisis.

From food and lifestyle to energy and nature, there are choices we need to make – as individuals, organisations and businesses – if we are to tackle climate change. Cambridge Zero and Alumni Festival brought together different voices and disciplines to discuss and debate these choices.

Carving a classical career: Success in the world of classical music

Carving a classical career: success in the world of classical music

In the competitive world of classical music, making it as a musician takes far more than great talent and skill. Winning competitions can help; so too, the support and inspiration of a brilliant mentor. But passion, creativity, strength and sheer determination are all crucial qualities in carving out a classical career. The BBC’s Katie Derham (Magdalene 1988) talks to Sir Mark Elder, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Emma Johnson and Anna Lapwood about their journeys so far, their ambitions, and why music — and music-making — is so important.

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