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The David and Claudia Harding Foundation

The David and Claudia Harding Foundation (DCHF) aims to support scientific education and research. Since its inception in 2007, the Foundation has donated more than £150 million to further the study and development of science for public benefit, particularly at Cambridge University and the UK's Science Museum Group.


DCHF are also members of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, which provides advising services and learning opportunities to help philanthropists expand the world’s knowledge of and increase private support for basic scientific research, and The Giving Pledge, a campaign to encourage extremely high-net-worth individuals to publicly commit to give a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. 


DCHF also hosts academic conferences at the Woodlands Estate in Henley-on-Thames. The Foundation offers world-leading academics a fully-serviced venue in a tranquil setting to discuss the latest advances in their field. These conferences support aspiring academics and span a wide range of subjects in the sciences and arts.

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What We Do

DCHF welcomes applications from academics for conferences they would like to hold at Woodlands Estate. These events would typically last for one day and involve 20 to 40 delegates. Conference packages would include: 

  • A choice of venues around the estate, which include a marquee, various indoor seminar rooms and outdoor theatre

  • Assistance with travel costs 

  • Catering and refreshments throughout the day

  • Audiovisual and logistical support

  • Overnight accommodation 

If you are interested in hosting a conference in collaboration with DCHF, please complete an application form here. We’ll review your application and notify you of the outcome. Some of the details, such as the agenda, can be confirmed closer to the time but please provide indicative responses.
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Latest Publications


Commercially available quantum computers with their potential to break most modern cryptography has prompted many private and publicly funded institutions to begin developing quantum-proof solutions to safeguard the security of information now and in future. This report reviews the current and future direction of cybersecurity research, including developments within the fields of quantum key distribution, post-quantum cryptography and artificial cybersecurity. It also provides a summary of the major research organisations operating in this field and a survey of the corporate landscape and world's leading cybersecurity companies.

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Please note that the Foundation does not make contributions in response to unsolicited requests.