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Borysiewicz Fellowships – Meet Team GC Connect

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Applications for the next Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowships close on Monday 25 February 2019. Find out how to apply at

About the Fellowships
The programme has been developed in honour of Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, a pioneer in the biomedical sciences, who as 345th Vice-Chancellor of the University (2010-2017) led and shaped the development of key provisions for Cambridge’s postdoc community. Find out more about Team GC Connect and the Fellowships at

Current Search for Endurance Called Off

Earlier this week, the Expedition successfully reached the wreck site, as plotted 104 years ago by Frank Worsley, the Captain of Endurance. However, the historic expedition, the first to attempt to locate the Endurance, was hampered by the extreme weather conditions. The weather closed in and the sea ice conditions deteriorated, leading to the loss of AUV7, one of the state-of-the-art specialist submersible Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, which was being deployed to locate the wreck. Despite round the clock efforts to recover AUV7, and with the risk of the Expedition vessel, the South African polar research vessel, S.A Agulhas II, becoming trapped in the ice, the Expedition leaders decided to abandon the current search for Endurance.

The search for Endurance was part of a ground-breaking scientific research programme in the waters around the Larsen C Ice Shelf and the A-68 Iceberg. The international team of glaciologists, marine biologists and oceanographers involved in the Expedition have surveyed the seafloor and the rich and little-studied biological systems that lie beneath the ice infested sea. In addition, the Expedition has measured sea ice freeboard and snow depth in the Weddell Sea, which will help better understand Antarctic sea ice thickness and its implications for climate change and global ocean circulation.

The Expedition is funded by the Netherlands-based marine charity, The Flotilla Foundation.

When real men wore feathers

Now, a forgotten moment in fashion history has been brought back to life by the recreation of a lavish headdress worn by Matthäus Schwarz, a 24-year-old German fashionista in 1521.

Led by historian, Professor Ulinka Rublack (St John’s College, University Cambridge), and Jenny Tiramani, Principal of London's School of Historical Dress, the ambitious project sought to investigate how this complex object was made, but also how it behaved when worn and what role it played in advancing Schwarz’s ambitions during a period of dramatic cultural and economic change in Europe.

The completed masterpiece measures more than a metre in width and 45 cm in height. It comprises a split-rim bonnet made of felt, satin and velvet; and the feather headdress itself, which sits on a light-weight wire frame. Thirty-two long ostrich feathers, sewn together to form sixteen magnificent plumes, cover this structure, complete with gold spangles which were individually stitched with metal thread onto every spine.

Recreating every element of this luxurious edifice occupied five highly-skilled British milliners, felters, costume-makers and their assistants for weeks.

The doctor using smartphones to save lives in war zones

Having survived the civil war in Afghanistan, Waheed Arian arrived alone in the UK aged 15. He went on to study medicine at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. Today he’s using smartphones and volunteer specialists to provide life-saving medical advice to doctors working in areas of conflict.

Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2018

Join us this year for the twelfth Cambridge Festival of Ideas: 14-27 October 2019. Looking forward to seeing you there. Find out more at

The Search for Endurance

Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, is chief scientist on the ambitious expedition, which will use drones, satellites and autonomous underwater vehicles to study ice conditions in the Weddell Sea in unprecedented detail.
The Weddell Sea is also the site of one of the most famous stories from the ‘Heroic Age’ of polar exploration.
The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17 set out to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. However, in November 1915, Shackleton and his 28-man crew were confronted with one of the worst disasters in Antarctic history when Endurance was trapped, crushed and sunk by pack ice. The outside world was unaware of their predicament or location, food was scarce and the chance of survival was remote.
In this film, Professor Dowdeswell tells the incredible story of Endurance, and how he and the other members of the Weddell Sea expedition hope to locate the wreckage of one of the most iconic vessels in polar exploration.

Cambridge students get professional theatre training

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Relaxing is an exam strategy

3D-printed robot hand ‘plays’ the piano

Humans and Robots

Title image credit- Robert Markowitz - NASA - JSC

Students celebrate black culture with their own artworks | #WeAreCambridge

The Black Cantabs exhibition comes to an end at the University Library on the 22nd December 2018:

GCSE students explore Cambridge | #GoingToCambridge