Welcome to the Cambridge Festival coordinators' page


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Mailing list

We send out a regular newsletter to all festival contributors. If you would like to receive this please sign up here: https://news.cam.ac.uk/p/6DCF-26Y/cambridge-festival-mailing-list 

Submitting an event for the Festival

All coordinators must submit their events into our Event Management System (EMS).

We have created a full user guide to EMS to help with your submission - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR EVENT

Submissions for the 2024 Festival will open on 10 August 2023. The deadline for submitting events is 3 November 2023.

External organisations should contact the Festival Managers as soon as possible to discuss their involvement in the Festival.

Please adhere to the University of Cambridge editorial house style when entering content to the EMS.

Images for events

It is vital we have good images for all events to attached the public and make them want to attend. The size required for EMS is 590x290px. 

If you are struggling for an image, there are a number of royalty-free image websites available to use: Unsplash, Pixabay, NASA, Cambridge Digital LibraryWiki CommonsCambridge University Hospitals Stock LibraryBritish LibraryBritish Museum, Creative Commons

Please include a description for accessibility reasons and ensure credit if appropriate and required.

If you do not have image resizing software, there a number of free sites that can do this for you: Wix, Adobe Express, PicResize, Simple Image Resizer

Room booking

You are in charge of finding a suitable venue for your event this can be either online, internal to the University via the booker system below or an external venue.

Booker is a new room booking system that has been designed for the University. Many departments are already using the system to manage their own rooms, and administrators have been very positive about its user-friendly interface and features. It is available for any University department to adopt, free of charge, and with full training and support from the service team based at UIS (University Information Services).


All University staff are entitled to sign up for a Booker account, which enables them to search and discover a growing number of rooms. To request an account, please contact roombookingsystem@uis.cam.ac.uk.

You can use Accessable to check the accessibility of your venue.

Key dates



EMS open for event submissions

10 August 2023

Contributors first meeting (online and recorded)

10 August 2023

Second contributors meeting (online and recorded)

5 October 2023
Festival submission deadline

3 November 2023

Press and PR launch

12 February 2024

Programme and bookings open

12 February 2024

Deadline to submit Risk Assessments

22 February 2024

Cambridge Festival 2022

14 March - 28 March 2024


We hope you will plan to collect feedback on your activity. You can use the example message below if you are sending emails. We will be creating a survey in Qualtrics which we can share with you in due course. 

Thank you for attending this event as part of the Cambridge Festival.

We are keen to learn about your experience of the Festival to help us develop plans for the future and bring you the best possible events and activities. To help us do this, could you please complete a very short survey?

This survey is completely optional and should take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Thank you for your help!

Contributor agreement form

You can download our DOUBLE SIDED - Adult and Child Consent Release Form that we are planning to use for anyone appearing in our core programmed events or for any direct event photography. Please feel free to use this for your events too. You can also use this perimeter signage if you plan to film/photograph our event/s.

Here is our event preparation checklist, which you are welcome to use to help contributors prepare for a live online event. (Although many of the tips will also apply to pre-recorded videos too).

Branding and copyright compliance

Please adhere to our branding guidelines. Please contact us for a copy of the Cambridge Festival logo.

Please adhere to guidelines on copyright compliance in any materials related to your event. If you are internal to the University of Cambridge, information can be found on the Copyright Compliance page in the Guidance Section of the Legal Services website.

Risk assessments and Public Liability Insurance

Please submit your documents via the link we provided in our contributors mailing, if you have not received this, please get in touch. These must be with us by 22nd February 2024.

The following risk assessment templates have been developed by the Festival team for you to use for online events, in person talks and in person exhibition/demo. You can also use the general university template.

You are strongly encouraged to update it so it is relevant to your own event(s). Please ensure your organisational/department safety officer approves your risk assessment(s) before submitting to the Festival team. We cannot accept any risk assessments that have not been approved by your department’s or organisation’s safety officer.

If you are based in a college or if your organisation is external to the University, you will also need to supply a copy of your Public Liability Insurance (PLI) when submitting your risk assessment.

The Festival team has also created a Code of Conduct which will apply to all Festival events and which is referenced in the risk assessment template provided above.

You can also use our filming preparation document if you wish, to help with live and/or pre-recorded events.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The Cambridge Festival aims to be an inclusive and safe space for people of all backgrounds, races and ethnicities, ages, genders, and abilities to engage with our research. 

We know there are persistent structural barriers to equality in many areas of society and there is a lot of work to be done in breaking those down. We hope to help make a step in the right direction by striving for diversity in our speakers, the topics explored, the event and activity formats used and by encouraging and enabling discussion about systemic inequalities such as racism, sexism, and ableism from multiple perspectives. 

We are committed to making the Cambridge Festival productive, supportive and inclusive and have prepared a Code of Conduct. This is to ensure that the Festival is a positive experience for everyone of all gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, with any disability and of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions/beliefs and other protected identities based on the UK’s 2010 Equality Act. By attending Festival events, you are confirming that you will abide by this Code of Conduct in all interactions throughout the Festival.


Everyone is welcome at the Cambridge Festival and we are committed to making our online content as accessible as possible. Guidance for creating accessible online content for the Festival is available here.

The University uses its best efforts to ensure that all its Cambridge Festival web content is accessible and can be used by as many people as possible.  If a member of the public is unable to access your Festival content, please review and, please be prepared to provide it in alternative formats where possible. You also should be aware that the University has under the Equality Act 2010 a legal duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled people, which includes making web-based content accessible for them.

Here are some good examples of online events/activities
(in no particular order):

Zoology Live - A mixture of films, interviews and activities available online both ‘live’ and on-demand

British Academy - 10-minute talks at lunchtime with text-based Q&A

Kettle’s Yard - Pebble Challenge – a PDF with thought-provoking hands-on activities using common household items

Museum of Classical Archaeology - Downloadable Colouring Sheets

Cambridge Science Centre @ 6 - Short hands-on demonstrations, at-home activity challenges, and Q&A sessions

Polar Museum - Homeschool challenges and ‘boredom busters’

Aspen Ideas Festival - A mixture of 20-30 minute ‘in-conversation’ videos, artistic performances, and shorter ‘big ideas’ presentations

Top filming tips from Cambridge Filmworks

Our filming partners Cambridge Filmworks have put together a document with some handy hints when undertaking remote filming. Tip sheet can be viewed here.