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Book now! ‘Career anchors: identify your strengths & values’

Don’t miss the first event of the new CAMAWiSE season. Booking for ‘Career anchors: identify your strengths & values’ is now open to all.



Learn more and book here.


Nessa Carey,author of The Epigenetics Revolution, speaks at AWiSE event, 28th Feb

“There’s more to the complexity of life than DNA, because there are multiple examples of situations where the same DNA sequence can generate many different outcomes.”

So says Nessa Carey, who will be presenting her thoughts at a joint Cambridge AWiSE / Lucy Cavendish College event on 28th February (6-7pm). Nessa is a former academic who has worked for over a decade in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.  She is the author of the popular science book “The Epigenetics Revolution”, published in 2011.

The new science of epigenetics explains phenomena as diverse as the different cell types in the human body, the colours of tortoiseshell cats, the lifespans of queen bees, the interactions between nature and nurture and exciting new therapies for cancer.  More controversially, it may also underlie adult consequences of childhood trauma, and even lead to Lamarckian inheritance of acquired characteristics.

This promises to be a fascinating talk, so do come and join us. Registration details are here

“Nessa Carey … writes brightly and humanely and is full of optimism for this exciting new dawn – both for the deep understanding of life and the potential for medical applications.” (The Guardian, 19th August 2011)

Event Report on Prof Margaret Stanley, “The development of vaccines and immunotherapies against human papillomaviruses, the cause of cervix cancer”

On Thursday evening a good crowd of 40-50 people joined Prof Margaret Stanley at Lucy Cavendish College.

Prof Stanley was an eloquent speaker and who gave a talk that was interesting to both biologists (of which there are quite a few at Cambridge AWiSE), those with a background in other STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), and the parents in the audience with daughters taking part in the immunisation program.

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Join us for..Prof Margaret Stanley, vaccines and immunotherapies against HPV, the cause of cervix cancer

Please join us on 8th November for an evening lecture with Professor Margaret Stanley.

“The development of vaccines and immunotherapies against human papillomaviruses, the cause of cervix cancer”

Professor Stanley is Professor of Epithelial Biology in the University of Cambridge.   She was awarded the OBE for services to Virology in 2004 and is a member of the Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee that advises the UK government on prion diseases.  Her research focuses on mechanisms of host defence and the development of vaccines and immunotherapies against human papillomaviruses, the cause of cervix cancer.  She will also discuss the current vaccination programme for girls.

8th November, Wood Legh Room, Lucy Cavendish College,  6-7pm.  Please arrive early.  The talk is free but please register in advance here.

The event will be followed by formal hall (Science, Engineering, Maths, Computer Science and Geography) at Lucy Cavendish College. 7pm for 7.30pm, £22.05.  Everyone welcome.  Please contact Jenny Koenig (jk111 at if you would like to attend. Please book early as places are limited.

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