There are no more CSAR events scheduled at present; the programme will resume in the Autumn, with online webinars. We hope to have additional COVID-19 Question and Answer sessions during the summer and these will be announced here on the website and by email, when they are finalized. The emails will go to those members who have opted in to receiving emails about future events. If you have chosen not to receive these messages at present, but wish to start, please go to "Update details" at the top right of this page, and change your email preferences. You do not need a password; our membership system will send you a one-time link.

If you are not a member of CSAR but wish to view the Q&A sessions and future webinars, please join! In the current situation it's free. This means your email address will go into our database and you will receive notifications of events and webinar joining instructions. Click on the green "Join Us" button at the top of this page, enter your details, and under "Membership" select "Pay-as-you-go" or one of the other free membership types (of course, we welcome paid memberships as well). Finally, under "Marketing Option" choose "Yes" to receive notification of future events. You don't need to remember a password; our membership system will send you a one-time link if you wish to update your details.

We hope to return to a mixture of online webinars and face-to-face events when circumstances permit.


CSAR exists to encourage an appreciation of the application of research through lectures, visits, the CSAR PhD student awards and outreach to schools. We make time around these for conversation and interaction, providing excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends, expand horizons, and network.

Members are a broad mix of people, from students and researchers to entrepreneurs and business professionals, from those still at school to those already retired - all from a wide range of backgrounds. We welcome new members to our lectures and other events, and would encourage you join CSAR online in advance of the event you wish to attend. If you’d like to try a lecture or two before you consider an annual subscription, please select ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ or one of the concessionary memberships for which there are no upfront fees. For further details, please see all membership options.


Zero cases - the lessons from New Zealand

Professor Michael Baker, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand.

A CSAR COVID-19 Question and Answer session. Note the non-standard day and time!

Lecture Wed 17th Jun 2020

Exploring the application of research

Recent speakers include Dr. Pearce Keane of Moorfields Eye Hospital, on the use of AI in interpretation of retinal scans; Dr. Giles Yeo from the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, University of Cambridge, on the truth about diets; and Professor Frances Balkwill from Queen Mary University of London, on cancers and the tumour microenvironment.

Recent visits have been to CMR Surgical, to see its world-leading Versius system of next-generation robotic-assisted surgery; Greene King’s historic Bury St Edmunds Brewery in the company of Ross O’Hara, the youngest Master Brewer in the UK; and to the Cavendish Laboratory’s Maxwell Centre, one of the world's leading physics research laboratories and its Centre dedicated to industrial and societal applications.

Donations to the charity allow us to subsidise attendance by students, school students and teachers.

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11th Jan 2019

Prof Edward Bullmore on BBC Radio 4's Start The Week

11th Oct 2018

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23rd Mar 2018

Prof. Robert Plomin's new study featured in the Guardian