CSF 2023

CSF 2023

CSF 2023

Find out about Cambridge Science Festival 2023

2023

Cambridge Science Festival ran from September 25 – October 1, 2023, and highlighted the extraordinary variety of science, technology and innovation-focused organizations in the Cambridge community.

The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.

 

By the numbers

The Festival took place at 90 venues across Cambridge, with a total of 245 events and activities programmed over 7 action-packed days. Every event was free and open to the public, with over 280 event hosts taking part – including individuals, community groups, organizations, corporations and institutions.


Festival Highlights

#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit

Cambridge Science Festival at MIT Museum
Cambridge Science Festival at MIT Museum
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.

 

The final pop-up exhibition of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ nationally-celebrated sculptural installation #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit was the headline event of CSF 2023. 30 3D-printed statues of women innovators occupied the Kendall/MIT Open Space for the duration of the Festival alongside a program of events addressing key themes from the installation. There were opportunities for the public to meet many of the inspiring women depicted in the collection, to celebrate the accomplishments of women in STEM, and to consider a path to a more inclusive future in the worlds of science, technology and innovation.

Much Work with Little Effort

The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.

 

CSF collaborated with the City of Cambridge STEAM Initiative to bring Slapstick Science’s physics-themed circus show to public schools across Cambridge. Much Work with Little Effort encapsulated the spirit of the Festival with its blend of science and performance – offering education and entertainment, free-of-charge, in the heart of the Cambridge community.

Lunch & Learn

The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.

 

New for 2023, CSF invited area groups, organizations and individuals to host ‘bitesize’ lunchtime lectures across Cambridge, aimed at introducing local professionals to the range and variety of specialties and expertise in the area. The Festival offered 25 lunchtime lectures at 25 locations, on 25 topics – from ethics in AI to hands-on conservancy, from outer-space to food-engineering, from genome-editing to children’s literature and more.

Science x Art

The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.

 

Every year CSF celebrates local organizations and individuals bridging science, innovation and the arts, and in 2023 was proud to promote a wide-ranging program of events inspired by this crossover theme. From painting with light to immersive soundscapes, musical amino acids, poetry readings and gallery exhibition openings, the breadth of Cambridge’s science-inspired creativity was on display. The Festival hosted several performances of Marc Abraham’s Improbable Dramatic Readings, an uproarious satirical event from the inventors of the cult-classic Ig-Nobel Prizes.

Science x Fashion

The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.

 

CSF resumed its yearly collaboration with Boston Fashion Week to produce IMPULSE, an immersive runway experience co-created with ILLUMINUS. Taking place at a pop-up location in Technology Square, the sell-out show featured science-inspired walks from a mix of local and international designers, projection art, poetry-readings and dance performances by local artists.

CARNIVAL

The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
The 2023 Cambridge Science Festival.
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CSF’s family-friendly science extravaganza returned to the Kendall/MIT Open Space, this year offering more than 100 activities for science-enthusiasts of all ages. In four hours, Carnival received more than 17,000 visitors – a joyous, all-inclusive celebration of the Cambridge STEAM community. From the beloved Robot Petting Zoo to the high-octane liquid nitrogen ice cream Freeze-Off competition there was truly something for everyone – a heart-warming afternoon showcasing the very best, brightest (and loudest) that Cambridge has to offer.


2023 Participants

The following organizations hosted activities at the CSF 2023.
* Indicates Corporate Sponsor

British International School of Boston*
City of Cambridge*
Biogen Foundation*
Bristol Myers Squibb*
Lyda Hill Foundation*
Takeda Pharmaceuticals*
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals*
Amgen*
BioMed Realty*
Google*
Merck*
Meta*
Millipore Sigma*
MITIMCo*
Siena Construction*
Swissnex*
A World of Women in STEM
Ankyra Therapeutics
Apple Crackers
Archbishop Williams High School
Arcturus Robotics
BioLabs
Biological Design Center
Birth By Us
Boston College, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Boston University Neuroscience Graduate Students
Broad Discovery Center at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Build a tiny paper kite!
Build and pilot a walkalong glider
Call To Action Clothing
Cambridge Art Association
Cambridge Camping Association
Cambridge Community Development Department
Cambridge Dept. Public Works – Recycling
Cambridge Dept. Public Works – Stormwater
Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch
Cambridge Public Library, O’Connell Branch
Cambridge Public Library, Valente Branch
Cambridge Public Library, Collins Branch
Celestial Slime-tastic Adventure
Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Center for Ultracold Atoms
Change is Simple
Charles River Conservancy
Circuit Lab
Clark University – Department of Physics
Communication and Neurodevelopment Lab at BU
DataWagashi
Design With Us
Earthwise Aware
Eco Circle International
Edifii
EnchanTech
EnergyTeachers.org Inc
Energy Terminal
The Engine Accelerator
Facetopo
Fixit Clinic
The Foundry Consortium
FRC Team 6201
Gaab Lab
Girlstart
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) at BU
GV20 Therapeutics
Harvard Medical School, Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Harvard Women in Chemistry
Hideo Sasaki Foundation & The Designery at YouthBuild Boston
Improbable Research
Innovators for Purpose
Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions
Intellia Therapeutics
Kendall Square Association
Laser Museum
LAUTEC
Le Sallay Discovery School
Lemelson-MIT
Mao Miyamoto Medical Media, Inc.
Mass Audubon
Mass General Research Institute
Mind Tricks
MIT AeroAstro
MIT AgeLab
MIT Astrogazers
MIT Biological Engineering
MIT Graduate Womxn in Biology
MIT Jameel Clinic
MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
MIT LINK-12
MIT List Visual Arts Center
MIT Media Lab
MIT Museum
MIT Paleomangetism Laboratory
MIT Physics Department
MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center
MIT Press Bookstore
MIT Sea Grant
MIT Spatial Sound Lab
Morality Lab (Boston College)
Multicultural Arts Center
National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
New Harmony Line
Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society
Open Space Programming
The Orchestra On The Hill
Osmoses
The Parity Bits
Peabody Essex Museum
Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd)
Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab
Plasma Science and Fusion Center
Professor Bugman Entomology Adventures
Ragon Institute of Mass General, MIT & Harvard
Rare
Recover Green Roofs
Sasaki Foundation
Science Club for Girls
Science from Scientists
Slapstick Science
Society of Women Engineers – Boston Chapter
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
syGlass
TESS at MIT
Thorlabs
Unfolding the Art of Papercutting
VERTEX Robotics
Waring School Robotics
Watertown High School Robotics
WDC – Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Weston High School 3D Printing Club
Weston High School Innovation Invention Club
Whitehead Institute
Winsor Robotics
Women in STEM
Woods Hole Film Festival