May Newsletter 2015

Following on from the success of last year’s TrinTalk, the 2015 Annual Members’ Luncheon, TrinTalk: Above and Beyond (27 September), will be based on the TEDx format and feature short talks by alumni and Fellows on Space.

Please visit:, for a full preview of the day, including speaker biographies and booking information. To get a flavour of what to expect, please visit our Youtube channel ( featuring videos of last year’s talks.

Over one hundred guests attended the inaugural Trinity Women’s Network Event, which was kindly hosted by Shearman & Sterling London office on the 6 May. The attendees included ladies and gentlemen, from the first ever intake of women undergraduates in 1978, to current first year students, with at least one present from each matriculation year, and total numbers surpassing any other inaugural Trinity alumni network event. A full report of the evening is available to read here:

Alumni enjoyed the first Trinity Golf Day, held at Fulford Golf Club, York on Friday 22 May, which also included dinner and a talk on Ice, from the beauty of snowflakes to its importance for our climate, by Fellow for Alumni Relations, and former Senior Tutor, Professor Grae Worster (1976). A full round up of the day is available to read here:

Apologies for any disappointment but Family Day has now sold out. A waiting list is available to join by emailing:

On 22 July in Bangkok, Thailand, the Master, Sir Gregory Winter (1970), will host a private dinner for Trinity alumni and their partners at 6.30pm. This dinner follows the inaugural Asian lecture in the established series of Professor Amartya Sen’s ‘Lectures on Sustainable Development’ on 21 July (6pm), featuring a talk by the Governor of the Bank of Japan, Mr Haruhiko Kuroda. Details of how to apply for and purchase tickets will appear shortly on the Alumni pages of the website (

Fellows will be hosting a series of informal drinks evenings around the world over the coming weeks in Bordeaux (9 June, Dr Sarah Teichmann), Rome (15 June, Professor Angela Leighton), and Montreal (16 June, Dr Matthew Juniper). For more information and to attend, please email:


Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, this year’s team of student callers raised £502,375 during the 2015 Telephone Campaign. Read more:

Professor Ross Anderson (1974) warns that the factory reset option on Android phones may leave behind valuable data. Read more:

Reviews of ‘Tomorrowland’ and ‘Gemma Bovery’ by Anthony Lane (1981) in The New Yorker. Read more:

‘How to solve the dairy crisis? Eat more cream’ by Bee Wilson (1992). Read more:

Astronomer Royal and former Master, Lord Rees (1960): How soon will robots take over the world? Read more:

Sean Borodale’s (e2013) poem ‘Scratching for Metaphor in the Somerset Coalfields’ is featured in Carol Ann Duffy’s series of original poems about climate change. Read more:

Professor Didier Queloz (e2013) comments on the chances of finding life beyond Earth. Read more:

Sir Antony Gormley’s (1968) sculptures placed at five UK beauty spots. Read more:

Professor Paul Joannides (1964) comments on three paintings, which were part of the first Duke of Wellington’s collection, being attributed to Titian. Read more:

Alexander Armstrong (1989) to release an album of classical music. Read more:

Professor Scott Sloan (1978) elected to The Royal Society. Read more:

Professor Ali Alavi FRS (1984) elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society. Read more:

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