We take full advantage of our Cambridge location to host lunchtime and evening talks by experts from the world of academia, the arts, business, charities and the public sector, and technology.
Named after Douglas Adams’s ultimate answer to the ultimate question in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the 42 Society is a programme of inspiring lectures designed to broaden student minds and interests, challenge views and introduce new ideas.
The 42 Society brings in a varied range of experts at the top of their field to share their work and experiences with pupils. There are up to 20 talks each year, sometimes more, on a varied range of subjects; subjects fall well outside the boundaries of the school curriculum, and frequently cross disciplinary boundaries.
The benefits to our students are enormous. Not only do the talks furnish them with valuable material for university applications and personal statements, they directly connect our pupils to world experts in their field, inspiring them to think beyond the boundaries of their classroom learning and encouraging their own independent research.
A 42 Society lecture can spark a train of thought which leads to lively discussion with peers and teachers, wider reading, work experience, real-world connections and events, and, sometimes, university and career decisions.
The 42 Society programme of external speakers rivals the programmes of the very best universities. Our plans to develop it include podcasted lectures and an even more diverse and high-profile range of talks.
- Michaelmas 2019
The Amazon: Tribal peoples and the fight to protect their home
18 September 2019, 1.15pm
The Human Microbiome: New Biology, New Medicine
9 October 2019, 1.15pm
Ed Walker (1994)
The case for care on the margins of society
5 November 2019, 1.15pm
Solving global climate change: At the limits of global diplomacy?
14 November 2019, 1.15pm
Nanotechnology – Size really does matter!
26 November 2019, 1.15pm
From a mine to a mace: Tales from Britain’s first female bomb disposal operator
5 December 2019, 1.15pm
- Lent 2020
Dr Nicky Holdstock
Veterinary Medicine (title TBC)
29 January 2020, 1.15pm
Surgeon Lt. Commander Anton Fries (1997)
The interface between military medicine and modern plastic surgery (title TBC)
13 March 2020, 1.15pm
Alex Loktionov (2011)
Greco-Roman Egypt (title TBC)
18 March 2020, 1.15pm
- Previous Lectures
2018-2019: Michaelmas / Lent / Summer
2017-2018: Michaelmas / Lent
2016-2017: Michaelmas / Lent
2015-2016: Michaelmas / Lent
- Mr Ingram: How did we put a man on the moon?
You can re-watch Mr Ingram’s lecture How did we put a man on the moon? below.