Sunday 23rd September (5pm approx) - Monday 24th September (4pm approx)

*Please note that this event is entirely free of charge to participants, including all activities, accommodation and meals.

Robinson College is delighted to host our Women in Science Festival, once again, in September 2018. Successful students will have the opportunity to stay in College accommodation, meet current students and leading female academics at the University of Cambridge, be challenged in academic sessions, and take part in our Science Fair. We hope that students who participate will get a real taste of university life, gain insight and be inspired by leading female Cambridge academics, and explore the broad spectrum of STEM subjects that the University offers.

The event comprises of:

- Talks from several leading female Scientists, mathematicians, and engineers at a range of career stages. This year we are excited to  introduce the students to our Plenary speaker Professor Melinda Duer,  Deputy Warden and Fellow of Robinson College and Professor in the Department of Chemistry for Biological and Biomedical Chemistry.

- A science fair with interactive sessions and exhibits from Directors of Studies and Phd students in various scientific disciplines at Robinson College. There will also be the opportunity for visiting students to exhibit at the Science fair and showcase their specific interests in front of other attendees and a panel of judges.

- Practical sessions in a variety of Cambridge's academic departments.

- On the day of arrival there will a meal in Robinson's Dining Hall and evening activities.

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to chat informally with College teaching staff and current students about life as a science student in Cambridge and the admissions process.

We also would like to invite students to present their work at our science fair if they wish. This will be held in the Robinson Dining Hall on the Monday morning of the festival and we would love you to present about anything that has sparked your interest in pursuing an aspect of science at a higher level. Individuals or groups of up to 4 students may request to have stall, and you may present your interest in any form you like (demonstration, poster, powerpoint presentation etc.) Judges will circulate around the fair to discuss the exhibits, and prizes will be awarded to highly commended presentations.


There are 120 places for the residential for students in Years 12 and 13 from September 2018 and, if the event is oversubscribed, priority will be given to students who meet one or more of the criteria below. However, anyone from any background may apply to attend and anyone identifying as female may attend.

- Have no parental history of higher education

- Live in neighborhoods with low overall progression to higher education

- Have lived, or are currently living, in local authority care

- Have been eligible for free school meals within the past five years

- Are from an ethnic group currently underrepresented at Cambridge

- Have a disability

- Attend a school in one of Robinson College's Link Areas (Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire, London Borough of Wandsworth)


The Women in STEM Festival is entirely free of charge. Accommodation, all meals, activities throughout the day and the evening are included. Students are expected to arrange their own travel to and from Robinson College (unless attending as part of a school group), but Robinson will cover the cost of travel if a student is currently on free school meals. If this applies to you or if you have any other extenuating circumstances, please contact the Schools Liason Officer.


Groups bookings may be made by teachers on behalf of their students. In these cases we would prefer if a teacher could accompany their group to the event.

Whilst we are keen to offer all students the opportunity to stay in College on the Sunday night, we appreciate those with short distances to travel may prefer to attend for the day on Monday. Day attendees are welcome and please indicate this on your booking form.

School group bookings: Women in STEM Festival Group Booking Form

Individual students: Women in STEM Festival Individual Booking Form

If you require more information or have any specific requests, please do no hesitate to contact the Schools Liaison and Outreach Officer.