Business Lecture Series

Cambridge Network's Business Lectures and Open Events are a series of events featuring industry and academia speakers from wide and varied disciplines, both from within Cambridge and further afield. If your organisation (company, university, charity, not-for-profit, etc)  is listed in our Directory you are a member of Cambridge Network and may attend these talks free of charge.

Events typically run monthly and attract around 100 attendees from all sectors of our membership. As well as the chance to hear an inspirational speaker, delegates also have the opportunity to network before and after the event.  If you would like to be considered as a speaker please get in touch with us at

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Coming next...

07-Nov-19 Prof Nigel Slater, Dept of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Prof Nigel Slater from the Department for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is Cambridge Network's guest speaker on 6th November.  This multidisciplinary department works at the interfaces between engineering, chemistry, biology and physics forming collaborations which one day will have a beneficial effect on society.
14-Nov-19 The benefits of good workplace design
Well-designed workspaces not only provide excellent marketing opportunities and first impressions but can also significantly enhance the workplace experience. This talk will explore how great interior design can help form a clear corporate Identity, strengthen group dynamics and attract & retain productive, valued staff.

Previous lectures...


The Future High Street - how will we use our city spaces? (A joint event with Cambridge BID)
High Streets are facing many challenges and several are struggling to find their place in the 21st century. There are opportunities for High Streets to remain the hub of a vibrant urban community, supporting visitors, commuters, residents and employees. How can the city centre remain a great place to visit as well as meet the needs of communities?

This event was supported by Cambridge BID.

Cambridge BID Limited


Magna Innovation Day - welcome to mobility (a joint event with Magna International)
The future promises incredible advances in technology, including electric and autonomous vehicles and brand-new ways to move. Through a culture of innovation, partnership and university support Magna is defining and creating the future of mobility. Start-ups and researchers – we look forward to meeting you at this exciting event. 

You can read an event write-up here.

This event was sponsored by Magna International.


28-May-19 Scaling UX with design systems
Elizabeth Churchill, Director of UX at Google will share insights about how Google uses the Material Design system to effectively scale UX.

How a Queen's Award can benefit your business
Cambridgeshire companies often do well at the Queen’s Awards each year. Winning one of the prestigious annual Queen’s Awards is not only a chance for some positive publicity but can boost both sales and employee engagement. But the region could do even better! Come and find out how and why you should enter.

07-Mar-19 Round Table: Defence Tech:
A round table discussion between the Army and Cambridge tech companies with an interest in defence.
defence tech
14-Dec-18 Drug-free antibacterial technologies for medical applications
Infection has become one of the toughest problems in the medical world. As bacteria become more resistant to drugs, materials and surfaces are seen as complementary measures for infection control and management. This event will review advances and needs in these technologies from business, clinical and research perspectives.
This event was sponsored by and run with Lucideon.
28-Nov-18 Your opportunity to meet Canadian companies 
(not a Business Lecture but an inward mission of technology companies with associated talks) 

Canadian companies visiting Cambridge on 28th November - part of a cross-European matchmaking mission to find collaborative partners - would like to meet potential industrial partners from several sectors.

This event was sponsored by founder member, the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research.


Shamus Husheer, CEO Heartfelt Technologies 
Entrepreneur Dr Shamus Husheer will talk about his latest venture, a device to monitor heart failure and why he hasn't gone down the 'wearables' route.  

  Why not wearables? Shamus Husheer, Heartfelt Technologies

Corporate Wellbeing Showcase
A half day free event run with partners (The One Group, Your People Potential and MC Works) focusing on health and mental health in the workplace. Key Speaker: Prof Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, FMedSci, Principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge.

This event was sponsored by The One Group

You can read an event write-up here.

12th September 2018

Prof Andy Neely, Centre for Digital Built Britain 
Digital technology is changing the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure. Over the next decade this technology will combine with the internet of things (providing sensors and other information),  advanced data analytics, data driven manufacturing and the digital economy to enable us to plan new infrastructure more effectively, build it at lower cost and operate and maintain it more efficiently. Audiences heard about the work of the Centre and how they could get involved. 

  Prof Andy Neely, Centre for Digital Built Britain  (a Cambridge Network event)

17th April 2018

Cambridge Network & MedImmune: The necessity of digital health in treating respiratory diseases

Digital Health MedImmune

This event was run in collaboration with MedImmune and featured a digital health tech challenge pitch session.

February 2018

Circular Economy in practice - Challenges and  Opportunities

Circular Economy in Practice, Challenges and Opportunities (a BAS and Cambridge Network event)

The new Aurora Innovation Centre at BAS, Cambridge.

This event is run in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey

30th November 2017

The Future of Transport in Cambridge


Sponsored by Astra Zeneca and supported by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.


For a write up of this event plus video interview and overview please see our news article

3rd October 2017


Medical Robotics




14th September 2017

Is blockchain the future of work?


14th June 2017

The growing significance of cryptocurrencies


This event is kindly supported by Citi Research.


23rd May 2017

Billy Boyle, Co-Founder, Owlstone


This is event is kindly hosted and supported by Mundipharma International.

 Mundipharma International

5th April 2017

Cambridgeshire / Peterborough Mayoral election hustings event


This event is kindly sponsored by AstraZeneca

and Cambridge BID

AstraZenecaCambridge BID Limited

23rd February 2017

Illumina: Leading organisations through complex growth strategies 

 Illumina - Leading organizations through complex growth strategies (a Cambridge Network event)

This event is kindly sponsored by BioMed Realty (Granta Park) and supported/hosted by the Wellcome Genome Campus.

BioMed Realty

17th January 2017

Cybercrime, police use of technology and 'Cyber Specials' with talks from Cambridgeshire police, cybersecurity specialists and Cambridge University's Cybersecurity Centre.


This event is kindly sponsored by the Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire-Hertfordshire Strategic Alliance