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Other University Sources for Training and Learning


Forthcoming events (talks, training and other) being offered by the SRIs relevant to Social Science Researchers:


University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI)
Lent 2019

Friday 25th January, room 2.49, 12pm to 2pm, lunch included
Science and Policy- Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology
Dr Jonny Wentworth
POST supports the role of Parliament in scrutinising the Government’s performance : providing impartial summaries of evidence; advising select committees on possible witness-es and advisers, connecting academic researchers with parliament, horizon scanning topics of parliamentary concern and developing the internal capacity to use evidence. POST’s main interest is in evidence based scrutiny and how academic research can support this.

Cambridge Institute for Public Health


21st January


Sylvia Richardson, MRC Biostatistics Unit
@University of Cambridge


Mapping Health: Why, How, Considering what ...


22nd January


Dr Oliver Dukes, Ghent University


BSU Seminar: “How to obtain valid tests and confidence intervals for treatment effects after confounder selection”


28th January


Dr Christopher Yau, University of Birmingham and The Alan Turing Institute


BSU Seminar: "Probabilistic approaches for optimal sequential feature acquisition"


Digital Humanities

Democracy by Design: activism, apps and activist apps Monday, 22 January, 2018 - 14:00
Turn your PDFs into searchable text Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 - 14:00
Protest Event Analysis: a practical introduction Thursday, 25 January, 2018 - 14:00

Trustworthy Technologies 
29th January 2019: Prof Jon Crowcroft (Computer Laboratory)

Location: to be confirmed
All events in our lunchtime talk series are open to the public. Registration is not required
N.B. lunch will not be provided.


 Cambridge Neuroscience is delighted to announce the 31st Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, 'Signalling, Sensation & Sentience' hosted by the Department of Pharmacology on Thursday 14th March 2019, at Robinson College. Dr Ewan St John Smithis the chair of the Scientific Programme committee.

Big Data
Advances and challenges in Machine Learning languages
Monday, 1 April 2019, 9.00am to Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 5.00pm
Machine learning languages is an emerging topic developed to efficiently tackle machine learning problems that arise as data-size and model-complexity grow. Early languages such as BUGS have been highly influential in disease mapping, ecology, genetics and many other fields. Over the past few years, several (functional, probabilistic, parallel) programming languages and plug-in libraries have been developed.  Expressive probabilistic programming languages such as Anglican, Church, Stan, Infer.NET, Turing, and automatic optimisations tools for deep learning, such as Theano, PyTorch and TensorFlow allow not only existing but, in some cases, an entirely new family of models to be expressed and solved.

Language Sciences
The 9th Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment
2nd July 2019, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge

Call for papers
Abstracts: (200 words maximum) to be submitted via email to the organisers by April 7th 2019. Please include in the abstract document your name and your affiliation as you would like to see them in the programme.  






Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks and Interdisciplinary Research Centres aim to create a shared cross-School vision and development plan for building research capacity and partnerships.  As a postgraduate student, you are able to join any one of these networks. Many of them provide innovative and creative training sessions that are not provided by departments or other central university networks. Take a look below to see if there is an initiative or centre you would like to link into.


Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI)

Big Data

Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences

Cardiovascular Disease

Global Challenges 

Public Policy

Synthetic Biology

Trustworthy Technologies


Strategic Research Networks (SRN)

Digital Humanities



Public Health



Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IRC)




Global Food Security

Infectious Diseases

Language Sciences


Stem Cells