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The talks schedule for 2014-2015 has been released. Please visit this link for more information.

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If you are new to Sidney Sussex, Wolfson or Newnham College, follow this link to find out more about engineering at Cambridge and the StephSoc.

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who are we?

Stephsoc - who we are and what we do

The Stephenson Society is the inter-collegiate engineering society for the Cambridge colleges, Sidney Sussex, Newnham and Wolfson. We meet on a fortnightly basis during the Michaelmas and Lent terms, beginning the year with a freshers' squash and ending it with the StephSoc annual dinner. Throughout the academic year we run talks on engineering, covering the whole spectrum and, more often than not, branching out further into interdisplinary grounds.

This year we've enjoyed a wide variety of talks featuring Red Bull Formula One Racing, the Cabot Circus Project in Bristol, the Karahnjukar Dam Project in Iceland and further wide ranging talks on pixeless displays, the mechanics of biological materials, next generation thorium reactors and the redevelopment of the London 2012 Olympic Games site.

The coming academic year promises to be just as good, if not better! We have some phenominal speakers lined up, working on some of the hottest topics engineering and the sciences have to offer. Specific details and term cards will be released soon, but until then we're keeping them a secret...

StephSoc - a bit of history

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge has a long history in engineering and a very successful one indeed. The fact that it was also one of the first Cambridge colleges to have an engineering society is no coincidence either. Since then, both Newnham College and Wolfson College have both joined the StephSoc, to form what is now probably Cambridge's largest intercollegiate engineering society.

No one knows the precise date when the Stephenson Society was founded, not even an approximate one. It is known, however, that it has been in operation since at least the 1960s, which would put it up as candidate for the first college engineering society in the University of Cambridge.

Previous members include Paddy Lowe, Carol Vorderman and many more important personages in our time. In the coming years, we hope to add a few more 'big names' to our list of alumni.