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Past events hosted within or of interest to the Department are listed here (upto 1 year ago). Visit our main Events page to see upcoming events.

  • 03May

    The Department will be holding its first Equality and Diversity seminar and networking event delivered by Dr Terri Simpkin, Anglia Ruskin University. The seminar will be followed by a networking lunch in the tea room. 

    The seminar is open to all members of the Department but due to space limitations (and to make sure we have enough lunch!), registration is compulsory. 

    Please sign up on the Eventbrite website:


    Feel like a fake?

    Trying your best to convince yourself you belong at university?

    Join the conversation about the impostor phenomenon and learn where it comes from and more importantly, how you can get rid of it.

    So, you’ve got into your course and you’re all set for a stellar academic career followed by the job of your dreams! 

    Pity that voice over your shoulder keeps suggesting there’s been some terrible mistake and you’re not supposed to be here. Or, everyone else here is more clever and therefore deserves to be here more than you. At some point someone’s going to find you out for the phoney you are.

    Well, guess what? It’s not just you and it’s more often than not, simply not true.

    The notion of being less competent than you should be or believing your success to be a bit of a mistake can be stressful and the sense that at some point you're going to be found out as an impostor can be crippling to achievement and may cause anxiety and overwork.

    Presented by Dr Terri Simpkin, this introductory conversation is based on current research into women in STEM and how they experience the impostor phenomenon. Learn how the internal monologue perpetuates the sense of being a phoney and identify ways to better recognise and enjoy the achievement you well and truly deserve.  

    More information can be found at  

  • 01May

    Snacks will be provided, prizes will be won, and fun will be had by all with quizmasters Jamie Cyr and Matthew Linley. 

    Sign up as an individual or as a team for £2 per person at the Servery. Individuals will be placed into a team prior to the start of the quiz.

  • 25Apr

    Kohei Ohnishi

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions

  • 19Apr

    In this 3rd CAMatNet meeting we bring together scientists in Cambridge who are imaging the structure and properties of materials across different lengthscales using many forms of radiation and microscopies. The central themes of the meeting will be to see how complementary and novel techniques can reveal previously hidden structure and functionality, how machine learning and compressed sensing methods are transforming the way imaging data is analysed and how new instrumentation is enabling new materials and new devices to be studied for the first time. Speakers will come from across a wide spectrum of Cambridge departments with a mix of established and early-career researchers. The meeting will be an opportunity to make new contacts, re-kindle existing ones and to network with others in the field.

    Organisers - Cate Ducati, Paul Midgley and Rachel Oliver

    Confirmed Speakers so far: Sean Collins (MSM), Ronan Daly (IfM), Richard Harrison (Esc), Louise Hirst (Phys/MSM), Richard Langford (Phys), Sohini Kar-Narayan (MSM), Rachel Oliver (MSM), Sam Stranks (Phys), Silvia Vignolini (Chem), Axel Zeitler (CEB)

    Attendance is free but please book a place:

    There is also an opportunity to display posters during the day, if you wish to do so please email Ana Talaban-Bailey with a poster title.

  • 28Mar

    Chao Yun

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions

  • 24Mar

    Come and join members of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy for some exciting and interesting science events.  Our nine events are held at various times during the day so see what takes your fancy by visiting:  

  • 20Mar

    Prof Maosheng Miao from California State University, Northridge, USA.

    All welcome.

  • 06Mar

    Prof Kazuto Akagi from the Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan.

    Finding relationship between structure and property is one of the essential subjects in materials science. However, it is still difficult to notice what is the structural motifs or hierarchical information characterizing complex systems. Computational homology based on “persistent homology” is a powerful framework to detect and describe the “shape” in discrete data such as atomic configurations or pixel images. The obtained geometrical information is contracted as a two-dimensional map called “persistence diagram (PD)”, in which birth and death of N-dimensional holes are recorded. 

    From the view point of materials science, the advantage of this mathematical method is summarized as follows: (1) Detecting hidden order in the system. (2) Providing “finger prints (or descriptors)” of complex systems. (3) Enabling us to treat “inverse problems”.

     In this talk, Prof Akagi will introduce the key points of computational homology for materials scientists. After that, we will see how it works in the analysis of molecular dynamics simulations and experimentally observed images, respectively.

  • 05Mar

    Prof Gianluigi Botton, the Canada Research Chair in Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials, at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

  • 28Feb

    Guillaume Nataf

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions