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Group News

The Science of Whisky - A tasting tour of Scotland's finest

Andrew and Mary Howe

The Cambridge and Great Eastern Group enjoyed an excellent whisky lecture and tasting on 12 Dec 2013, courtesy of International Wine Challenge (IWC) judge Alex Woolgar-Toms.

SCI College of Scholars fourth regional presentations meeting


The College of Scholars returned to the Chemistry Dept at Cambridge University for its fourth regional presentations meeting on 31 October 2012. It was again held jointly with Cambridge University’s Chemical Society and SCI's Cambridge and Great Eastern regional group.

A virtual tour of Cambridge University Botanic Garden


Our tour of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on 7 June took on a virtual twist this summer, thanks to Gwenda Kyd of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), who introduced us to the new smartphone-assisted chemical trail.

SCI Seligman Fellowship Report - Swati Kadam

Swati Kadam

Swati Kadam was awarded a Seligman Travel Bursary in 2012, here she shares her experience visiting UK Universities and Research Organisations.

Chemistry was right move for me, says Isabella Stocker

Isabella Stocker

I always felt the drive to understand why things are the way they are. So many things can be explained by chemistry - the way our bodies work, cooking, medicines, love, electronics... I knew I had to study chemistry and I never regretted my decision!

A chilly but inspiring visit to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Some 30 members made their annual pilgrimage to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Thursday 10 June, 2010

SCI's final year Scholars present their research findings

College of Scholars 2010

On 28 April 2010, an event organised jointly by the Cambridge and Great Eastern Group and the University of Cambridge's ChemSoc gathered an audience of over 50 people to listen to the presentations of SCI's final-year scholars, Fionn O'Hara, Simon Beaumont, and Claire Stanley.

A regional appreciation of the science of whisky

whisky bottles

In December 2009, Jacob Fuller of Cambridge Wine Merchants conducted a whisky tasting for the Cambridge and Great Eastern Group.

Cambridge hears tales from the brewhouse


The Cambridge & Great Eastern Regional Group hosted a joyful event on Thursday 10 September 2009 when Richard Naisby (founder and manager of Milton Brewery, Cambridge) gave a fascinating, informal talk about the science and history of beer.

All in the best possible taste, an Ig Nobel approach to food

Len Fisher under Isaac Newton’s original apple tree

Speaker Dr Len Fisher from the University of Bristol (pictured, with apple) is one of very few scientists to have won an ‘Ig Nobel prize’ for work that could or should never be repeated. Dr Fisher won his prize for work done on the science behind dunking a biscuit. He is also credited with inventing flammable jelly and with deducing the optimum width of cheese in a sandwich.