Welcome to the Festival of Ideas event co-ordinators page. It is our intention to extend this page to provide useful resources and information to help you run your events. Please feel free to email the team if you have any suggestions of things to include which you would find useful.
Dates and deadlines for the 2016 Festival
|31 May 2016||event submission deadline for the printed programme|
|End of August 2016||printed programme is back from the printer and goes online|
|16 September 2016||deadline for submitting volunteer T-shirt requests (no. s, m, l, xl) to email@example.com|
|16 September 2016||deadline for submitting risk assessments and evidence of PLI for external organisations|
|26 September 2016||bookings open for Festival of Ideas events|
|26 September 2016||deadline for receiving technical requests from speakers/co-ordinators|
|17 – 30 October||2016 Cambridge Festival of Ideas|
The new Festival of Ideas logo
If you would like to use the Cambridge Festival of Ideas online or on print material, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of the intended usage. We will then send you an appropriate version of the logo in a suitable format.
Booking a venue
You will need to book a venue for your event. Here are a few suggestions of rooms you could use or please email to discuss your requirements.
Mill Lane Lecture Rooms: various different size lecture theatres, not good for panel discussions where amplification is required, book through Student.Registry@admin.cam.ac.uk
Little Hall: good venue for talks, capacity is 128, book through Student.Registry@admin.cam.ac.uk
Lady Mitchell Hall: large capacity venue of 500, may be available on evenings during the Festival, book through Student.Registry@admin.cam.ac.uk
West Road Concert Hall: large capacity venue of 500, may be available on evenings during the Festival (will charge venue hire).
Various College lecture theatres (most will charge venue hire). Search Conference Cambridge for more details.
University Centre has a rooms with a capacity of up to 200 (will charge venue hire).
Departmental and Faculty buildings. Please email for suggestions.
Booking for 2016 Festival of Ideas events will open on Monday 26 September.
The Festival team man the main telephone information line (01223 766766), run the Festival website (www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk) and administer bookings online using Eventbrite. The team take bookings for centrally co-ordinated events but can support Faculties and Departments by taking bookings on their behalf (subject to availability and sufficient prior notice).
If you are taking your own bookings (through your own Eventbrite account or another system) please make sure that your bookings open on Monday 26 September. Please update the Festival team when the event is fully booked so that this information can go up on the website.
Submitting your event details (Deadline: 31 May 2016)
To submit your event details, log into the Event Management System (EMS) by clicking here. Enter your Raven username (CRSID) and password or set up your own username and password (if you don’t have a Raven password). If you do add yourself to the system please contact us because you will need to be confirmed as an event proposer before you can start adding events.
Please view this document for important information on uploading events into the Event Management System [PDF].
Please adhere to the editorial style guide for programme content (draft) [PDF].
The deadline for submitting your event proposals for the printed programme is 31 May 2016.
We send out updates about the Festival to all event co-ordinators on a regular basis. If you are unsure whether you are on our mailing list, please email the team to check.
The Festival’s Twitter account is @camideasfest. If you are Tweeting about the Festival then please use our hashtag #cfi2016. Its really important to use the hashtag, as its helps us track tweets.
The Festival also has a Facebook account which can be found here:
See examples of how to use the new poster template
Powerpoint versions of Poster templates:
If you need the templates in an old version of Powerpoint or more sophisticated software like Indesign, please contact us.
Photography and copyright compliance
You can view photos from previous Festivals on Flickr. If you are external to the University but would like to use one of these photos, please contact email the team if you would like to use one of these photos so that we can send you a copy.
If you need copyright free photos to illustrate your event, please use the Creative Commons area on Flickr. Please make sure that you credit the photographer.
Please adhere to the University of Cambridge guidelines on Copyright Compliance.
If you are internal to the University please use the following release to obtain permission for video and photography: Filming and Photography adult consent form and Filming and Photography parent legal guardian consent form
Risk assessments and Public Liability Insurance
We require risk assessment forms to be completed for all Festival events:
Blank risk assessment form (Word)
We have completed an overall risk assessment for the Festival (please note this is yet to be seen by the Health and Safety Office) - if you need help with completing yuour Risk Assessment please feel free to refer to this document.
Please see the following presentation on Risk assessment and public liability insurance for more details risk assessment and public liability insurance presentation (PDF)
If you are an external organisation you must hold Public Liability Insurance which covers loss, damage, staff and volunteers. Also where using external suppliers, they must hold public liability insurance for their services. Evidence of this must be sent to the Festival of Ideas team before your event.
Evaluation form (PDF)
Please click here to view previous year’s evaluation report.
Health and safety
An updated health and safety document will be published here in due course.
Please read this document carefully, and also include information from these documents when briefing staff and volunteers. Please make copies of the overall risk assessment available to helpers on the day. If you are running events on other dates during the Festival, then please use the information below and tailor it to your department.