Cambridge 800: The opening celebrations
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The impact the University has made on the world
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The University of Cambridge hosted its annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas between 21 October and 1 November 2009 - a chance 'to explore centuries of ideas as we celebrate the University's 800th Anniversary year.'
Every year, the University hosts a Science Festival in the city, when the general public has the opportunity to visit some of the University's famous laboratories and departments, and hear from world leading researchers. As part of the Festival, a wide number of activities and events take place specifically for children; the Festival also has its own website which contains links to ‘fun and games’, and videos and podcasts, so children, teachers and parents unable to visit the Festival can still sample some of what went on. Find out more about the Cambridge Science Festival.
Some of the world's greatest scientific discoveries have been made at the University of Cambridge, as a summary of the University’s history shows.
In the field of scientific discovery, in particular, the University boasts more Nobel laureates than any other research institution in the world. Take a look at the full list of Nobel laureates.