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Cambridge Science Festival receives 60,000 visitors

The 22nd Cambridge Science Festival, which was the largest ever in terms of events and visitors, drew to a close on Sunday after running from 7-20 March at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Over its two-week run, the festival featured more than 350 events and showcased innovations from the worlds of tech, medicine and conservation.

The ‘Will Artificial Intelligence Be Superior to the Human Brain?’ discussion was sold out and the festival hosted BBC World Service’s team from Click to film the event for a special broadcast.

Professor Stephen Hawking also made an appearance, arriving to hear a talk in quantum computing by a former PHD student.

Festival coordinator Dr Lucinda Spokes said: “On the final day thousands of people visited the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to attend talks, demonstrations and exhibitions showcasing the medical research taking place in Cambridge.

“By far this has been the busiest Science Festival ever. It’s also been one of the most successful. This is thanks to the hundreds of speakers, event co-ordinators, university departments at Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin, research institutes, companies, charities, schools, our amazing volunteers, and the generosity of the University of Cambridge and our sponsors.

“The success of these events is also due to the thousands of visitors who attended the talks, debates and performances and those who got involved with the hands-on, interactive experiences – they all make the Science Festival what it is.”

The 2017 Cambridge Science Festival will take place from 13-26 March 2017.