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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

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.

Molecules of Murder with Dr John Emsley

Dr John Emsley

Dr John Emsley led the Cambridge Regional Group on a jolly romp through the grisly world of poisons on 9 October 2008. He described five natural and five man-made poisons, then anecdotes about how they have been used - successfully and otherwise

Back to the future

Peter Lillford

In the mid-1990s, the UK's Office of Science and Technology published a series of recommendations about the future of British science and technology. Expert panels from fifteen business sectors produced recommendations and identified futuristic scenarios for life in 2015.

Exploring a symphony of flavours

Wine tasting

‘A Scientific wine tasting’ with Luke Webster took place on 26 April 2007 following the annual general meeting of SCI’s Cambridge & Great Eastern Regional Group.

Understanding the shrinking Arctic

Elizabeth Morris - hands on in the field

At a Cambridge and Great Eastern regional meeting Professor Elizabeth Morris OBE, gave a fascinating and topical talk: ‘Arctic Science in the International Polar Year 2007/8’.