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Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Monday, 25 March, 2024 - 16:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
Maxwell Centre Seminar Rooms, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Avenue, CB3 0HE 

The School of Physical Sciences and School of Technology Research Relations Team, in partnership with the Maxwell Centre,

would like to invite the Cambridge community to hear about the

ARIA (Advanced Research & Invention Agency) Programme on

Scoping our planet: a new lens on climate science


This programme is co-led by Programme Directors Gemma Bale and Sarah Bohndiek.

Gemma is Assistant Professor of Medical Therapeutics and Head of the Neuro Optics Lab in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. Her work focuses on developing non-invasive brain monitoring in real-world environments where traditional brain monitoring isn’t usually possible.

Sarah is a Professor of Biomedical Physics at Cambridge, jointly appointed in the Department of Physics and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Sarah leads an interdisciplinary team that uses optical imaging technology to monitor in situ tumour evolution and support earlier cancer detection.

While Gemma and Sarah’s backgrounds are grounded in the medical sciences, their ARIA programme focusses on harnessing the power of optics to address gaps in earth system monitoring with the aim to improve weather forecasting and climate predictions, equipping society to respond confidently to the climate crisis.

This is an excellent opportunity to hear directly from Gemma and Sarah about their programme and a chance to ask questions.  This is an in-person event and there will also be the chance to network informally over drinks.

Gemma and Sarah have published their initial thinking about their opportunity space and are now engaging with the community to further shape this with the anticipation that funding programmes will emerge. They also plan to open seed funding for researchers with bold aspirations that are unlikely to be funded elsewhere.


Event details:

Who this is open to: This event is open to the Cambridge community including any University staff and University of Cambridge partners interested in this programme.

How to register: Please complete the MS Teams registration form here by Friday 15th March.

Once signed up, please hold the time in your calendar, we will circulate a diary invitation to all registrants in due course.


Contact name: 

Monica Lucena

Contact email: