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We are delighted to announce the launch of Cambridge Zero Demonstrators Laboratory at the Maxwell Centre

Problem and Opportunity

The Climate Emergency demands solutions ready to be delivered promptly and at scale in response to, and matched against, well-defined challenges. Climate change affects everyone, time is running out, and yet few have found ways to engage meaningfully with the issue.

The ambition for the Zero Demonstrators Lab and its programme is to facilitate a faster response in tackling climate change. People are the University's main asset and we know that together we can continue pioneering in the fight against the crisis we are living through.


Pilot Programme Cohort

We are recruiting driven and motivated University of Cambridge researchers to our first cohort, in order to build highly skilled teams. Together you will be able to stratify and accelerate development of climate solutions, and we will provide you with the right environment and sufficient ring-fenced time.

We can offer ~10 funded places in this round, covering part-time salary buy-out of up to £3,000 per person (for direct cost only) over a three-month period. 

If you are interested in being part of an interdisciplinary cohort of researchers and commit part of your time over a fixed-term period to work in teams on formulating and tackling challenge-driven “sprintshop” projects, please read further here.

Application deadline: 12 noon on 15 November 2021


Challenge Sourcing

We are sourcing challenges from University of Cambridge academics, researchers and collaborators wanting to propose a challenge idea for the cohorts to explore.

If you would like to propose a challenge, please read further at

To be considered for the current programme round please submit the completed challenge form by 12 noon on the 29th of November 2021.


Partnerships and collaborations

The Demonstrator Lab welcomes new partnerships. We are interested to hear from individuals and organisations offering access to expertise, equipment, in-kind support or other resources that may help us jointly accelerate zero carbon solutions. We would also welcome philanthropic support, to enable us to carry on with momentum, but also to scale up and amplify the impact of our work.


If you are interested in supporting or getting involved in the Cambridge Zero Demo Lab activities please contact Dr Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig in the first instance on