Trinity Research Talks

Catch up on the latest Trinity College Online Research Talks using the links below. 

Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald

Rebecca Fitzgerald

Catching Cancer Early: How Long is a Piece of String?

Professor of Cancer Prevention at the University of Cambridge, Rebecca directs a multi-disciplinary programme for the early detection of cancer. She is best known for her work to develop the Cytosponge and related biomarker assays for detection of Barrett’s oesophagus and associated dysplasia.

Rebecca’s talk was recorded in August 2020. Click here to watch on YouTube.


Professor Greg Hannon

Professor Greg Hannon

Lessons from Studies of Tumour Heterogeneity

Professor Hannon is Director and Senior Group Leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. In this talk, he will be sharing some of his observations from a career in oncology where he has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of small RNA biology and its role in cancer development. His discoveries, including Dicer, the content and mechanism of action of RISC, and the first small RNA oncogene, are just some of the innovative directions in which cancer research is progressing.

Greg’s talk was recorded in September 2020. Click here to watch on YouTube.

Dr Alyce Mahon

Alyce Mahon

How Art Can Break Down Barriers: The Marquis de Sade and the Avant Garde

In this talk, Alyce Mahon introduces the ideas of the notorious Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) and explains how his libertine ‘philosophy of the boudoir’ inspired the surrealists and other avant-garde artists to explore terror, challenge oppressive political regimes, undermine restrictive codes of sexuality and gender, and imagine the unimaginable. Please note that, due to the subject matter, some of the artworks discussed are of a sensitive nature.

Alyce’s talk was recorded in September 2020. Click here to watch on YouTube.


Dr Duncan Hardy

Duncan HardyThe rise of nation-states? Alternative pathways of political change in late medieval and early modern Europe

Hear from Duncan Hardy, whose first book, Associative Political Culture in the Holy Roman Empire: Upper Germany, 1346-1521, was published in 2018 and includes discussion of the European models of state formation. In this engaging Trinity Research Talk, Duncan will discuss aspects of his academic research career so far as well as current approaches to historical research.

Duncan’s talk was recorded on Thursday, 19 November 2020. Click here to watch on YouTube.

Dr Hannah Stern

Quantum Light From Atomically Thin Materials

Originally from New Zealand, Dr Hannah Stern now works at the Cavendish Laboratory, within the Quantum Optics group headed by Mete Atature. During her Junior Research Fellowship, Hannah is working on localised excitations in wide bandgap materials that are of interest for quantum applications that require single photons. In this talk she will introduce how material science discoveries have been central to our development through the ages, and how a new 2D material revolution could be emerging.

Hannah’s talk was recorded on Thursday, 3 December 2020. Click here to watch on YouTube.

Dr Ewain Gwynne

Random Curves and SurfacesEwain Gwynne

Dr Ewain Gwynne started his Junior Research Fellow in Trinity in 2018. He is originally from Wisconsin. Before coming to Trinity he received his Ph.D in mathematics from MIT, supervised by Scott Sheffield.

During his time at Trinity, Ewain studied certain random curves and surfaces which are expected to model various real-world phenomena. In this talk, he will give an introduction to the mathematical theory of these random objects, aimed at a general audience with no mathematical or scientific background assumed.

Ewain’s talk is taking place on Thursday, 28 January 2021. Click here to register.

Dr Jitka Štollová

Shaping Richard III After ShakespeareJitka Stollova

In her research, Dr Jitka Štollová (2013) examines the different ways in which Tudor and Stuart writers interpreted lessons of medieval English history. In her case study of the portrayal of Richard III during the Stuart period, she challenges the narrative that this notorious king was seen solely as an epitome of tyranny, as he was portrayed in Shakespeare’s influential play. His example demonstrates that attitudes towards the boundaries and limitations of royal power were constantly in flux and depended on external circumstances.

Jitka’s talk is taking place on Thursday, 11 February 2021. Click here to register.

Dr Aled Walker

Aled WalkerStructure versus Randomness: a dichotomy in number theory

Dr Aled Walker received his doctorate in 2018 at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Ben Green. In his thesis, Aled looked for new ways to use techniques from a relatively young mathematical field — known as ‘additive combinatorics’ — to understand classical questions about prime numbers.

In this endeavour, it turns out that the following is a central question: is the collection of whole numbers that one is studying ‘structured’, or is it ‘pseudorandom’? In his talk, Aled will describe the meaning of these notions from first principles.

Aled’s talk is taking place on Thursday, 25 February 2021. Click here to register.

Dr Rohit Chikkaraddy

Atoms, Molecules and Bonds Vibrations Coupling to Light

Hailing from India, Rohit did a PhD in Physics at the Nanophotonics Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, where he is currently continuing research as a Junior Research Fellow.His current research focuses on manipulating the physical and chemical properties of matter to help understand complex quantum processes such as photosynthesis. In this talk, he will discuss the how and why of the vision of sustainable energy management using light-controlled nanoscale machinery for sensing and point-of-care diagnostics applications.

Rohit’s talk is taking place on Wednesday, 24 March 2021. Click here to register.

Trinity in Japan

Catch up on the latest Trinity in Japan meetings using the links below. You can also subscribe to the Trinity in Japan YouTube channel to make sure you never miss a new video.

Lord Rees

Lord Rees in discussion with Trinity in Japan

Lord Rees in discussion with Trinity in Japan on 31 July 2020. Topics discussed included the recent Nobel Prize for Didier Queloz, existential risks to humanity, exoplanets and extraterrestrial life, the possibility and conditions on planet Mars and on other planets and exoplanets, and experimental programs to detect extraterrestrial life, and the current situation at Trinity College Cambridge in the virus crisis.

Lord Martin Rees achieved many discoveries in astrophysics and astronomy including the origin of cosmic background radiation black holes, quasars, and gamma ray bursts. Martin is Astronomer Royal, was Master of Trinity College, and was President of the Royal Society. Over his long career and today, Martin had and has many important leadership positions, and has received many prizes and distinctions.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

Professor Venki Ramakrishnan

Venki Ramakrishnan in discussion with Trinity in Japan

Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize 2009 in Chemistry for “studies of the structure and function of the ribosome”, President of the Royal Society in discussion with Trinity in Japan on 28 August 2020. Moderated by Gerhard Fasol. Venki discusses

  • his work on the Ribosome,
  • his work as President of the Royal Society (UK’s Academy of Science)
  • his thoughts on what makes research institutions excellent
  • and his thoughts on the virus crisis and how to live with the virus, and steps to overcome this health crisis.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

Professor Didier Queloz

Professor Didier Queloz in discussion with Trinity in Japan

Professor Queloz, an astronomer, was born in Switzerland and studied at the University of Geneva. He also received a doctorate there in 1995. His supervisor was Michel Mayor, and their work led to the discovery for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2019.

Professor Queloz, very generously agreed to hold a video discussion with Trinity in Japan in November 2020.

Click here to watch on YouTube