Cavendish Research Day

12 January, 2018

Local, National and International Research and Research Strategy

Highlights of the day: Presentations on research in and around the Cavendish Laboratory; plenary talk Gravitational Waves, panel discussion and questions with politicians, entrepreneurs and the research councils.

The Cavendish Research Staff Committee present the 2018 Research Day on the topic of Research Strategy.

This event showcased the wide variety of research from across the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK, and also included a plenary presentation on Gravitational Waves from Prof Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow and a panel discussion on The Future of Science Policy and Research Funding.

The video of the whole day is available here:

YouTube video of Research Day 2018

For the programme and links to the video starting at various points during the day, please click here. The programme included day an introduction to the Strategic Research Themes at the Department of Physics, presentations + posters from a range of staff on their fascinating research, an invited talk from Prof Sheila Rowan about LIGO + gravitational waves, and a panel discussion on The Future of Science Policy and Research Funding with politicians, academics, business innovation leaders and research council representatives. There were refreshments and networking opportunities throughout the day. At the end of the formal programme there was a "Happy Hour" event with the opportunity for a relaxed chat with speakers/colleagues.

NPL Prize for Best Poster

There was a prize for the Best Poster, sponsored and judged by the UK National Physical Laboratory. The judges were so impressed with the posters that they couldn't pick a single winner, and the prize was jointly awarded to Dr Mireia Crispin of the High-Energy Physics group and Alexander Ohmann of the Biological and Soft Systems group.

Dr Mireia Crispin with Dr Richard Burguete of NPL, and Mireia's winning poster Large scale image analysis: from the LHC to personalized cancer treatment

Alexander Ohmann with Dr John Molloy of NPL, and Alex's winning poster Outperforming nature: synthetic enzyme built from DNA flips lipids of biological membranes at record rates


  • The talks and main events were in the Pippard lecture theatre @ The Cavendish Laboratory, J.J. Thompson Ave, Cambridge, CB3 0HE. Registration, catering and poster presentations will be in ante rooms around the Pippard.
  • There is no on-site delegate parking: there are a very limited number of parking spaces for contributors and those with disabilities (please inform the committee in advance via to book that parking). Delegate parking is available off-site at the Madingley Road park and ride site - a 10-20 minute walk from the event, there is a connecting university bus service (U bus) regularly departing from the North West Cambridge site adjacent to the park and ride site. For more travel information please see

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