Events, conferences and workshops



Workshop : Understanding and supporting mental health and learning in children

Saturday 11th March 2017. 10am-3pm (Programme to follow)

This workshop is free of charge. 

To book a place please email:




Previous events held at CBU

Cambridge Science Festival at the CBU

16th and 18th March 2016

IMG_4528As part of the Cambridge Science Festival we organise events exploring parts of the research work being carried out here at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Science Week events are held once a year, in Spring.

Science Night – This year our open evening of demonstrations (6-7pm) and talks (7-8.30pm) will be on Wednesday 16th March 2016.


Pictures of You

Friday 18th March 2016 5 – 7.30pm


Pictures of You 2
Inspired by the ‘mental imagery’, emotion and the study and treatment of bipolar disorder, Pictures of You presents the intriguing meeting of two friends after many years apart. Full of unexpected lightness, warmth and love, the play explores the challenge of recalling the past and picturing the future…

Previous Science weeks events may be of interest.




Understanding and supporting problems in emotion and learning in children

Saturday 16th April 2016, 10 – 3pm

For more details click here

International Conference on Working Memory

ICWM 2014 was held in Cambridge on 9th-11th July 2014, hosted by the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. This conference was held in celebration of the exceptional contributions of Alan Baddeley and Graham Hitch, on the 40th anniversary of the publication of their model of working memory in 1974. The conference covered the full range of theoretical and empirical approaches to the understanding and study of working memory.

The meeting was held at the University Arms Hotel in central Cambridge. On the evening of the first day, we held a garden party at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, formerly the Applied Psychology Unit, where Alan and Graham’s early work was conducted.

We have produced a picture gallery and a set of films of the talks – see here.   More information on the conference can be found here.


Understanding and exploring cognitive deficits following brain injury

Wednesday 11th February, 2015

This workshop was designed to introduce health professionals, charities and related practitioners working with individuals with brain injury to relevant research and services at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. The programme included the following topics and speakers:

Memory training: Cognition, the brain and acquired brain injury – Duncan Astle, Darren Dunning & Joni Holmes

Home-based interventions for attentional and memory problems in stroke patients – Polly Peers

Assessing frontal lobe problems after brain injury – John Duncan

Depression and cognitive-affective processes following brain injury – Fionnuala Murphy

The missing left: new insights into unilateral neglect – Tom Manly & Andrew Bateman (Cambridge NHS Community Services)

The Cambridge Cognitive Neuroscience Research Panel: What is it and how can it help you? – Sharon Erzinclioglu

Gender Equality in Science – Pathways to Success

Tuesday 10th March, 2015


The event was aimed for both women and men.
It aimed to raise awareness to gender equality issues and to support successful career paths for early-career researchers of both genders.

Several speakers talked about their career paths and their view about gender equality in science, as well as about the efforts that are being done to achieve that (e.g., flexible working arrangements, Athena SWAN).

The speakers:

Tim Bussey – Department of Psychology, University Cambridge
Susan Gathercole – MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Francesca Happé – MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London
Rik Henson – MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Emily Holmes – MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Tom Manly – MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Sylvia Richardson – MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge
Barbara Sahakian – Department of Psychiatry, University Cambridge