May Newsletter 2019

Professor Jason Chin (e2007) and his team have rewritten the genetic code of a common bacterium. Their work heralds the prospect of organisms that can produce new medicines and valuable materials. The E coli bacterium they have created is the world’s first living organism with entirely synthetic, and radically redesigned, DNA. Read.

Watch ‘It felt like a revolution’, the special short film commissioned from Sonum Sumaria (2008) as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of women undergraduates arriving at the College, and read about Sonum’s experience of making the film. Read.

If you’re based in Cambridge, don’t miss the opportunity to Come and Sing at Trinity on Saturday 8 June. Children and their parents are invited to Come and Sing in a free workshop, organised by Trinity College Music Society, which offers 6 to 12 year olds the opportunity to experience music making in the Chapel. The workshop runs from 2.30-4.30pm with a performance for family and friends at 4pm. Read.

Congratulations to Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE (1994) on her appointment as Reader in Environmental Data Science, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Cambridge. Read.

Artist Davey Jose’s (2001) first solo exhibition ‘Living with Spinal Cord Injury’ is currently showing at The National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the spiritual birthplace of the Paralympics. The exhibition runs until the end of June and is also premiering in virtual reality on The Infinite Art Museum site, which could be a world first. Visit Davey’s blog to discover his motivation for the oil canvas series and for full details of the exhibition. Read.

Meet Kiran Singh Jolly (2017), engineering student and running back with Cambridge University’s American Football Club who finds the time to lead the University’s Sikh Society too. Read.

The University of Cambridge Alumni Society of Paris invites Trinity alumni to join them for the next lecture in their ‘Glory Days of Paris’ series on Friday 28 June from 7pm. Dr Alyce Mahon (e2000), Trinity Fellow and Reader in Modern and Contemporary Art History, will speak on ‘The Philosophical Framework, Dadaism and Surrealism’ in Christie’s Paris auction rooms. Book tickets and find details of the next four lectures in the special series on the website. Read.

Join Trinity in Japan for their forthcoming meetings in Tokyo on Friday 28 June, Friday 26 July and Friday 30 August – all from 7pm onwards. On Monday 16 September the group is planning an event with 22 Cambridge PhD students undertaking research in nanotechnology fields. The programme is to be finalised but please save the date if you are interested and details will be confirmed in the near future. You can register for all events via the website.

The Fountain issue 27 is now available online. Features include an interview with the College’s first female Fellow Professor Marian Jeanneret Hobson CBE FBA (e1977), filmmaker Sonum Sumaria (2008) shares her path since graduation and her commission to capture Trinity, and Catherine Arnold OBE (1997), Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG (1983) and Alastair Morgan CMG (1976) write about the challenges and surprises of life as an ambassador.

Eagle-eyed readers who receive a paper copy of The Fountain will have noticed that we trialled sending the latest issue of the magazine in a more environmentally friendly potato starch wrapper. We are reviewing the product’s performance and we hope to use it for all futures issues. The wrapping is compostable, can be added to your green garden bin, or can be used to line your food waste caddy. If none of these options is suitable, you can also pop the wrapper in your domestic waste bin. If you would prefer to receive the online version of the magazine please email us:

We want to hear from you! Do keep us up-to-date with your latest achievements and activities for our Global Alumni News pages in The Fountain and the Alumni Achievements section in the Annual Record. Please send your news, appointments, and publications to


  • Henley-on-Thames: Trinity Golf Day, Thursday 20 June, Huntercombe Golf Course. Tickets available online.
  • Paris: Cambridge Alumni Society of Paris, Glory Days of Paris Lecture, Friday 28 June. Tickets available online.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Monthly Meeting, Friday 28 June. Register online.
  • Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 7 July. Tickets available online.
  • Cambridge: Trinity Writers 2019, Saturday 28 September. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.
  • Cambridge: TrinTalk 2019, Sunday 29 September. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.
  • Cambridge: Remembrance Sunday Service, Sunday 10 November (nb. not 11 Nov as previously advertised in The Fountain, apologies). SAVE THE DATE.
  • London: Alumni Carol Service, Monday 2 December. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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