It's hard to cast one of Cambridge's most enduring stereotypes, the eccentric genius, as war hero. But in fact it was this very brand of academic brilliance that brought the Second World War to an early conclusion, saving perhaps millions of lives, and preventing a nuclear strike on Germany.
Science has a central role in the modern world - in helping us understand risks like global warming and in developing the technologies which underpin our economy. But who should make the decisions about the science we can practise and the technologies we can use - politicians, religious leaders, business people or the scientists themselves? On Wednesday 21 March, the University will be staging a mid-week debate, with a panel of experts from a range of scientific backgrounds.
Later this month Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, the Secretary-General of Nato, will give a Cambridge European Trust lecture. The lecture will be held on 23 March 2001 at 12.30 pm at Goldsmiths' Hall in London - transport will be available for staff and students who wish to attend (for further details please contact Julie Durrant by email - email@example.com).
BSE, global warming, genetically modified crops and nuclear power - at the heart of many of today's most important social and political issues lies the communication of scientific information. But science never stands alone; when it is presented to the public it is generally mediated through other institutions: the moral concerns of religious leaders; the political influence of governments and pressure groups, or the media's desire for conflict and controversy.