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Cambridge-Combustion Institute Summer School



The Cambridge-Combustion Institute Summer School is hosted by the University of Cambridge Engineering Department under the auspices of the British Section of the Combustion Institute. Established in 1209, the University and its many historic buildings provide a beautiful setting for scholarship. The University of Cambridge is recognised globally as a leading centre of research and education. There is a substantial combustion research community across the University of Cambridge, and the Engineering Department is a focus for fundamental and applied combustion research involving experimental, theoretical and numerical techniques. 

Teaching activities for the Summer School take place inside the Engineering Department, making use of modern lecture theatres at the new Institute for Manufacturing and excellent laboratory and computational teaching facilities at the Main Engineering site closer to town. The 80 person lecture space provided is on single level, allowing reposition of the furniture for formal lecturing and for group work. 


Accommodation and catering are provided in the setting of Churchill College, one of the 31 independent academic communities that make up the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge is a compact and safe city, easy to navigate on foot. The lecture venue is a ten minute walk from the accommodation. Cambridge has excellent transport links, including to London Stansted International Airport (30 minutes by train) and to the centre of London and (Eurostar) international train terminal (45 minutes by train). The typical daytime temperature in July is a pleasant 22°C.

Transportation between the main Engineering Department building and the IfM will be by bus after lunch. Passes are included in the fee. 


The standard accommodation provided is a single room within Churchill College with a shared bathroom. Self-service breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. The College will also host a welcome barbecue and celebration dinner. 

The Churchill College reception is staffed 24 hours a day. Due to the demand for accommodation in Cambridge Colleges and the advantageous rates secured by the Summer School, it is not possible to guarantee accommodation in the College to participants arriving before or staying beyond the end of the Summer School.

Welcome Event: Churchill College will host a welcome barbecue in the college grounds on the Sunday evening preceding the Summer School at 18:00. This will provide the opportunity for participants to meet in a relaxed setting. 

Dining: Participants will be dining together in the Churchill College Hall. The programme is fully catered, including breakfast, and two-course lunch and evening meals. On Wednesday, participants will be free to socialise in the evening and dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs in town, and on Thursday a Banquet dinner will be offered at the College. Local participants will be covered for the Welcome (Sunday) and Banquet (Thursday) dinners, as well as activity lunches.  

Punting Tour: The Summer School will conclude on Friday at lunchtime, with the participants taking to punts to explore one of the most beautiful stretches of river in England, through the heart of the ancient University.