Cambridge Philosophical Society

Promoting Scientific Inquiry

Founded in 1819 'for the purpose of promoting scientific inquiry', The Cambridge Philosophical Society is an exciting hub for the promotion of scientific research, discussion, and learning. Discover more…


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Upcoming event

Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRS - 2024 Honorary Fellows Lecture

Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRS

  • 6 March 2024, 18:00 – 19:00

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Upcoming event


Organisers: Professor Ashok Venkitarama, Dr James Fraser and Dr Nick Pugh.

  • 16 March 2024, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Cambridge University Engineering Department

Speakers to be confirmed.

Cambridge University Engineering Department. Constance Tipper Lecture Theatre.

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Dr Emily Mitchell, Assistant Professor and Curator of Invertebrates in the Department of Zoology, Cambridge and previous Henslow Fellow recently gave a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Washington DC on the Origins of Life: Humanity’s Quest to Discover the Nature of Life in the Universe.

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Cosmic Wonder

Cambridge researchers create tetrataenite rare-earth-free magnets in the laboratory, which could help in the transition to low-carbon technologies.

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Funding & Grants

A long history of supporting the scientists of the future

In line with the core aim of 'keeping alive the spirit of inquiry’, the Society awards a number financial grants for future scientists, which include a three-year Research Studentships, the Henslow Fellowship, in the fields of Natural Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and Clinical Sciences. Travel Grants are for Fellows of the Society and help support researchers to attend conferences and visit laboratories.

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Discover our Journals & Books

From Darwin’s paper on evolution to the development of stem cell research, publications from the Society continue to shape the scientific landscape.


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Become a Fellow of the Society and enjoy the benefits that membership brings. Membership costs £20 per year.

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