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Science Festival 2015

Over 120 people joined two panels of experts in the 18th March to explore how new connections will help to shape cities in the future and visions of Cambridge in 2065 as part of the 2015 Science Festival.

The event was co-hosted by the Forum, Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) and the Energy@Cambridge Initiative and took place in one of the Mill Lane lecture theatres in the centre of Cambridge.

The event focused on  ‘Connectivity and flows in future cities’. The details of all the speakers are below and the evening was divided into two sessions. Professor Paul Linden chaired the first discussion between three experts who each outlined how they think that new connections will help to shape future cities, including where people live, how they live their lives and how they respond to challenges of city life in the future. The second panel was chaired by Kirsten Henson and focused on 'Visions of future Cambridge'.


Profiles of the panellists and chairs

Julian Bowrey
  • Deputy Director, Digital & Corporate Communication,
  • Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
Dr Ben Cowell
  • Regional Director for the East of England,
  • National Trust
Rachel Drury
  • Director,
  • Collusion
Kirsten Henson
  • Director,
  • KLH Sustainability
Professor Peter Landshoff
  • Honorary Vice-Chairman of Cambridge Ahead
Professor Paul Linden
  • Director of the Forum
  • The G.I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics,
  • Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge
Dr Anna McIvor
  • Chairperson of Transition Cambridge
  • A visiting scholar with the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Claire Ruskin
  • Chief Executive,
  • Cambridge Network
Michael Soper
  • Research & Performance Team Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Jane Wilson
  • Chair of Arts Development UK
  • Arts & Events Manager at Cambridge City Council

The Cambridge Future Visions 2065 project has been commissioned by the UK Government's Foresight Future of Cities project as one of 20 case studies looking at the opportunities and challenges facing UK cities over the next 50 years.

Find out more about Foresight Future Cities