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

Honorary Fellows Lecture - Should we trust statistics?

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE

  • 3 November 2021, 18:30 – 19:30
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre

The current pandemic has emphasised the key role that statistics play in understanding what is going on around us.  But how reliable are all these numbers?  How much should we trust what we hear and read?  I will look at the way that statistics can be used to try and persuade audiences to think or act in a certain way, and contrast this with efforts to make communication 'trustworthy'. 

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Urban tunnelling - the challenges of creating underground space in historic cities

Professor Giulia Viggiani

  • 8 November 2021, 18:00 – 19:00
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre

Contracts T2 and T3 of the new Line C of Roma underground are under construction in the historical centre of the city, in an area of great archaeological, historical and artistic value.  Significant problems connected to the presence of archaeological remnants, the geotechnical characteristics of the soil, excavation below the water table, and the necessity of minimising the effects on the historical and monumental heritage subsist. This presentation illustrates the methods adopted to evaluate the effects of tunnelling and open excavation on the existing monuments and historical buildings, with particular reference to contract T2. 

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Dr Peter Foster, known for his work on phylogenetic network analysis discusses the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

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"Molecules that changed the World" is a new App that has been jointly launched by Dr. Ljiljana Fruk, Society Fellow and researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge.

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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 Fellowships, 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.


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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