Thank you to everyone who joined us in our Salons this year



Tuesday 20th October 2020, 7pm-10pm at Airmeet

The world as we know it has fundamentally changed. How have our institutions, communities and nations come undone? How are we adapting to such rapid changes?

Rakoen Maertens

Rakoen Maertens is a PhD Candidate in Social Psychology at Downing College (University of Cambridge) and Head Delegate to the UN of the World Esperanto Youth Organisation. In both his research and his UN projects he aims to create a better understanding between people and across polarised groups.

Peter Kirkham

Peter Kirkham is more widely known as the grateful gardener. Since 2007, he has been using his position as a Cambridge college gardener to inspire people to walk on the grass and pick the flowers. In January this year he had major heart surgery to correct a congenital valve defect. What followed was a long recovery, aided by daily walks around his neighbourhood, and an obsession with Cambridge-city front gardens. Under lockdown, flowers, gardens and rainbows became an important part of his healing process.

Lili Carr & Feifei Zhou

Feral Atlas is a collective work of more than a hundred scientists, humanists and artists, united in examining the non-designed effects of human infrastructures. Feral Atlas is curated and edited by anthropologist Anna Tsing, visual anthropologist Jennifer Deger, environmental anthropologist Alder Keleman Saxena and architect Feifei Zhou, in collaboration with architect Lili Carr and an international network of makers. It is developed in association with AURA (Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene) and James Cook University, Australia and will be available, open-access, from Stanford University Press digital publications at in November 2020.


Feifei Zhou is a Chinese-born artist and architect. She holds an MA in architecture from the Royal College of Art and currently lives and works in London.


Lili Carr is an architect with an undergraduate background in physics. She holds an MArch from the Architectural Association and currently lives and works in Amsterdam.

Pietro Liò

Pietro Liò is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on developing Artificial Intelligence and Computational Biology models to understand diseases complexity and address personalised and precision medicine. He is currently focused on Graph Neural Network modelling.



Tuesday 19th November 2019, 7pm-10pm at The Cambridge Brewhouse

Dealing with dilemmas and difficulties is an arduous balancing act, involving inevitable trade-offs and tough decisions. Can we be confident in every step we take, without falling off the rope?

Puria Radmard

Puria Radmard is a third year undergraduate reading information engineering at Cambridge. His interests lie in technological solutions to the climate crisis, particularly through data science for public policy. 

Sebastian Ahnert

Sebastian Ahnert is a physicist working on the interface of physics, biology, mathematics, and computer science. Currently he is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.

Keyi Yu

Keyi Yu is a second year Land Economist at Pembroke College Cambridge, brimming with curiosity and intellectual veracity. She is currently the Vice President at the Cambridge Consulting Network and also co-founded the Cambridge University Business Negotiation Society in summer 2019. She is a creative writer, 13-year Guzheng player and passionate about figure skating.

Zohra Hamidi

Zohra has close to five years of experience in UK Higher Education finance and is an ACCA member. She has completed her MSc in Professional Accountancy, where her research paper was on a new business venture delivering professional services to organisations and individuals. She is passionate about the concept of ‘Women in leadership’ and has secured a place at Cambridge Judge Business school to undertake the Rising Women leaders programme. She invests time in supporting individuals developing their skills and is currently a registered mentor for an award-winning mentoring scheme. She is a strong believer of ‘grit’ and she will tell us how you can turn obstacles into opportunities to reach your goals.