Please note that all Morning and Afternoon lectures listed take place on the Sidgwick Site. Apart from those under the heading 'Off-Site Events'.

Saturday Highlights

Leading a World-Class University
The Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, in conversation with Stephen Sackur, joined by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.

They are the men leading Cambridge into the second decade of the twenty-first century. But what do the newly elected Chancellor Lord Sainsbury of Turville and the Vice-Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz really think about the challenges and opportunities facing the University? This year, alumni will have the chance to get a rare insight into how they think, what they hold dear and how they work, as the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor take to the stand together to talk about Cambridge's role in the wider world.
  London 2012: Legacy at a Time of Austerity 
Matt Rogan (Fitzwilliam)

"Throughout history great, political, technological or artistic movements have come out of periods of great adversity. The United Nations from the Second World War, satellite technology from the Cold War, great jazz from the Great Depression. We meet today in another time of adversity. But in that adversity lies opportunity. The Olympic Movement has a once-in-a-generation opportunity. If the 20th Century was about bringing sport to the world then the 21st must be about reconnecting young people of the world in sport." Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman Organising Committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to International Olympic Committee Congress, 5 October 2009

Two short weeks after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games end, Matt Rogan investigates the challenges Britain face in delivering on its bid promises for sporting participation, social regeneration and economic wealth. He also considers the role Britain has played in reinvigorating the Olympic Movement through the delivery of London 2012.

Saturday Morning Lectures

9.30am - 10.30am

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Making a Material Difference: Getting the Message Across about Sustainable Materials, in Song and on the Catwalk - Dr. Julian Allwood (Caius)

We make materials very efficiently, but doing so uses a quarter of the world's energy so is a major source of carbon emissions. The only way we can reduce the impact is by using less material - and should we communicate that? With pop-music, great graphics and super-models!

9.30am - 10.30am

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Benefitting from History: Poverty, Gender and Life-Cycle under the English Poor Law - Dr. Samantha Williams (Girton)

There was considerable state welfare before the Welfare State. This reflects on recent research on just who was deemed 'deserving' of such help in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It will show that single mothers and the elderly were treated far more generously than families and the unemployed.
9.30am - 10.30am

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How to Dress in the Renaissance - Dr. Ulinka Rublack (St John's)

The links between fashion and body image are not a recent social construction. Extreme, uncomfortable and excessive clothing signalled just as much in the Renaissance as now and could challenge convention as well as accommodate it. This lecture examines the multiple ways in which appearances could be central to views of the self and others, then as much as now.
9.30am - 10.30am

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Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain - Dr Lucy Delap

Downton Abbey invited viewers to think of domestic service as a relic of the past, governed by clear social hierarchies and 'Victorian' morality. In this social history lecture, Lucy Delap outlines the ways in which domestic service continued to be feature in British homes in the twentieth century. The 'servant problem' offers a window onto the conflicts, changes and continuities in class, gender, and migration in modern Britain.
9.30am - 10.30am

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Nature's Glass: Half-full or Half-empty? - Professor Andrew Balmford (Clare)

Wild nature is continuing to decline but is the situation hopeless? By visiting places where things are getting better rather than getting worse Professor Balmford explores how motivations, approaches and people involved in conversation are changing, and ask what these stores tell us about the prospects for nature in the 21st century.

9.30am - 10.30am

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Bridging our Future: Lessons from Hammersmith - Dr. Chris Burgoyne (Emmanuel)

We take bridges for granted, and only take notice when they go wrong. But the sudden closure of Hammersmith Flyover in London shortly before Christmas shows how much we depend on them. Issues that arise in existing bridges, and options for the future, will be discussed.

11.15am - 12.15pm

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All Shapes and Sizes: Does Family Structure Matter for Children's Psychological Wellbeing? - Professor Susan Golombok

What really matters for children's psychological wellbeing? This leacture will consider where it is necessary to have two parents, a father present, genetically related parents, or parents who are heterosexual. The psychological processes that underlie children's optimal development will also be explored.
11.15am - 12.15pm

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What do Animals Think? - Professor Tim Crane

How to describe the mental lives of non-human animals is a philosophical as well as a scientific question. On the one hand, we know that animals do have a mental life; on the other hand, we know that their mental lives are very unlike ours. So how should we describe their minds?
11.15pm - 12.15pm

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Our Nearest Neighbour, the Moon - Dr Carolin Crawford (Newnham)

Our only natural satellite has fascinated humankind since prehistory. It is the only other place in the Solar System we have visited in person, yet scientists are still making startling discoveries about the Moon - and what it reveals about our own planet.
11.15pm - 12.15pm

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Dambusters, the Great Escape and Colditz - Dr. Hugh Hunt

Bringing engineering to life through some of the most famous stories from the Second World War, this lecture will flesh out the background to three recent Channel Four documentaries, looking in particular at how live reconstruction can tell us so much more than a reading of eye-witness accounts. 
11.15am - 12.15pm

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London 2012: Legacy at a Time of Austerity - Matt Rogan (Fitzwilliam)

Two short weeks after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games end, Matt Rogan investigates the challenges Britain face in delivering on its bid promises for sporting participation, social regeneration and economic wealth. He also considers the role Britain has played in reinvigorating the Olympic Movement through the delivery of London 2012.

Saturday Afternoon Events

1.30pm - 2.30pm

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Duels, Gangs and Terrorists: the Unacceptable Reach of Joint Enterprise Liability in the Criminal Law - Professor Graham Virgo

If two people agree to commit one crime and whilst doing so, one of them commits murder the other party could be guilty of murder as well. This has proved to be especially relevant in respect to gang crime. But can this use of the criminal law be justified?

1.30pm - 2.30pm
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Consuming Wrongdoing - Professor Alison Sinclair (Clare)

Why are we fascinated by the wrongdoings of others? What goes on in our search for thrills in sensational art and literature? This lecture draws on some particularly striking examples in Spanish street-literature of the 19th century, which are held in Cambridge University Library, to explore these questions.
1.30pm - 2.30pm

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Colonial Improvement: Rethinking the Great Irish Famine - Dr. David Nally 

The Great Irish Famine has been mired in debate over the level of culpability of the British government. Most scholars reject the extreme nationalist charge of genocide, but beyond that there is little consensus. Drawing lessons from famine experiences across the British Empire, and from the voices of those who vehemently protested against state policy, Dr Nally argues for a more nuanced understanding of "famineogenic behaviour" - conduct that aids and abets famine - and suggests that while the 'faults of omission' weighed heavily on the British government policy, the 'crimes of commission' also left their deadly impress.
1.30pm - 2.30pm

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Are your Genes to Blame when your Jeans don't Fit? - Dr Giles Yeo

Recent dramatic changes in our environment have led to the current obesity epidemic. However, we have all responded differently to these changes. Dr Yeo will argue that bodyweight is a highly heritable trait, providing us with the opportunity to use genetics as a tool to understand the molecular mechanisms controlling food intake. 
1.30pm - 2.30pm

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Birth, Brains, Immunity and Human Evolution - Professor Ashley Moffett (King's)

An exploration of 'the obstertric dilemma' faced by humans. A pelvis adapted to bipedalism and a large brain is associated with pregnancies where very large and very small babies have high morality rates. The maternal immune response to the placenta is the key to setting the conditions for successful pregnancy.
3.00pm - 4.00pm
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Have we been Tricked by the Trickster? Don Juan Today - Dr. Samuel Llano (Clare)

What does Don Juan stand for today? It seems striking that, at the start of the twenty-first century, we still feel fascinated by Don Juan, We condemn his appalling acts, and yet we enjoy the many versions that have been written of this myth. Have we been tricked by the trickster?

3.00pm - 4.00pm

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The Healing Presence of Art - Richard Cork (Trinity Hall)

This lecture focuses on the extraordinary richness of art produced for hospitals, from the Renaissance to the modern period. Masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Grunewald, El Greco, Hogarth, Tiepolo, Van Gogh, Munch, Frida Kahlo and Naum Gabo are among the great works which humanise hospitals and leave a profound, lasting impression on patients, staff and visitors.
3.00pm - 4.00pm

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Cambridge and Global Health - Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Addressing healthcare is a complex problem - the sort of problem that Cambridge is good at tackling. In this lecture Sir Leszek will discuss the changing nature of global disease, and of healthcare. He will explain how health, education, social development, and agricultural development are mutually dependent: and how health has become a measure of societal development and national wealth, as well as an important goal in its own right. 
3.00pm - 4.00pm
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Engineering, Maths, Art and Nudity - Dr Allan McRobie (St Edmund's)

A gentle look at how the mathematics of singularity that is used to study the stability of engineering systems can rather unexpectedly also give new insights into art, and particularly the portrayal of the nude. Warning: this talk contains mathematics and nudity.
3.00pm - 4.00pm

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Will Chinese Banks Change the World? - Dr. Simon Taylor (Sidney Sussex)

Chinese Banks are now among the world's largest by assets, profits and employment. So far they have largely remained in China but they are starting to expand aboard. Their motives are opaque and they are the product of deep-seated rivalries in the Chinese government system - but will they change the world banking system?
4.30pm - 5.30pm

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The Changing Contours of Work Intensity in Europe Since 1990 - Dr Brendan Burchell 

This lecture explores the changing pattern of hard work around Europe over the last 20 years, and tries to unravel the puzzle of why, whilst work in the rest of Europe has been intensifying, workers in the UK have been slowing down.
4.30pm - 5.30pm 

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Charles Dickens: A celebration of his Fiction - Dr. Jan-Melissa Schramm (Trinity Hall) 

Charles Dickens engaged passionately with the political debates of his time. This lecture traces the contours of his jurisprudential and theological interests, and illuminates the distinctive contributions that fiction can make to the formation of public opinion. In this bicentenary year, we celebrate the transformative powers of Dicken's narrative art.
4.30pm - 5.30pm  Leading a World-Class University

The Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, in conversation with Stephen Sackur, joined by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
Together they will give the inside track on what it is like sitting at the helm of this leading university and take questions from the floor on the big issues from how Cambridge has a key role to play in food security to the future of research funding.

Saturday Offsite Events

Self-guided Garden Tour - Trinity Hall Wychfield Site Self-guided Garden Tour - Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane Tripos to Transplant: the Cutting Edge - Fitzwilliam College, Storey's Way In Search of our Cosmic Origins -
Churchill College, Storey's Way
10.00am - 3.00pm  10.00am - 3.00pm  11.15am - 12.15pm  2.30pm - 3.30pm 
Behind the recently built Wychfield site are extensive lawns with a network of winding gravel pathways taking you past a selection of mixed planting areas and majestic trees. Visit the Round Garden featuring tree peonies, shrub roses, rudbeckias and palms.  From peaceful courtyards and formal lawns to herbaceous borders and magnificent trees, Trinity Hall has a wide variety of delights for the horticultural enthusiast.  Transplant surgeon, Fellow and Director of Studies in Clinical Medicine Kourosh Saeb-Parsy talks about the issues involved in adult liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel transplantation, as well as his research into transplant immunology and the mechanism of organ rejection.  Dr John Richer will describe the ALMA observatory in the Atacama desert and present the very first images and scientific results from the telescope. ALMA is a radio telescope whose lineage can be traced back to those of Churchill's Tony Hewish in the 1970s: an array of linked radio antennas together to create a telescope many miles in diameter.
Ango-Saxon Norse and Celtic Event -
English Faculty, West Road
Gulsin Onay Concert - Lucy Cavendish College     
5.00pm - 7.00pm  5.15pm - 6.15pm     
An opportunity to chat over drinks and look at recent photographs featuring alumni - you are welcome to bring your own photographs! 'Memories of Old Awake' a video featuring ASNC alumna Dr Emily Lethbridge and her recent work in Iceland, will be shown at 5.30pm. Alumni should feel free to call in at anytime between 5pm and 7pm. The video will be shown between 5.30pm and 5.50pm.  A special performance by international concert pianist Gulsin Onay whose career has spanned 68 countires across all continents. The programme will include work by Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun written specifically for Gulsin.   

Saturday College Member Events

Christ's College

Churchill College Clare Hall Corpus Christi College
12.30pm onwards  2.30pm - 3.30pm  11.30 - 4.30pm  
12.30pm - 1.30pm - Buffet Lunch for Christ's members in the OCR.

6.45pm - Reunion Dinner for members who matriculated in 1987, 1988 and 1989 in the Hall. Friends of the Old Library event and Sporting Exhibition.
In search of our cosmic origins with the Atacama Large Millimetre Array: As part of the College's Association Weekend programme (inc. Annual Dinner & AGM), Dr John Richer 2will talk about the new telescope, the Atacama Large Millimetre Array, currently under construction in Chile. The lecture is open to all alumni but Churchill members should book for this via;
11.30am - 12.30pm - Lecture by Malcolm Longair: 'Recreating Lost Soundscapes: Music Architecture and Acoustics in Renaissance Venice'.

1.00pm - Life Members Lunch

3.00pm - 4.30pm - Guided Tour of the Botanical Gardens with Professor John Parker. 
MacCurdy Dinner: Reunion dinner for those matriculated between 1986 and 1989.
Darwin College

Downing College Emmanuel College  Fitzwilliam College 
12.30pm for 12.45pm 12.30pm onwards   11.15am onwards 
Darwin College Alumni Family Buffet Lunch.
All Darwin College Alumni and their families are welcome.
12.30pm - Cafeteria Lunch

1.30pm - 3.30pm - Exhibition, 'Wine, tobacco and snuff' plus wine tasting.

3.30pm - 4.30pm - Afternoon Tea

3.45pm - 4.10pm - Chapel Service

4.30pm - 5.30pm - Lecture: Professor Nick Coleman: "Cancer Cells and how to find them".

5.30pm - 6.00pm - Association AGM

7.00pm - 7.30pm - Pre-dinner Drinks

7.30pm - Association Dinner

Gathering of Members for those who matriculated in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960. Invitations were sent out in June.

3.30pm - 5.00pm - Tea in the Old Library for Members and Guests. 
11.15am - lecture by Dr Kourosh Saeb-Parsy (1993) - open to all Alumni.

1.00pm - Buffet Lunch Afternoon: Past v. Present soprts matches.

7.30pm - Formal Dinner
Girton College

Gonville & Caius College Homerton College King's College 
2pm onwards 5pm onwards 9.30am onwards 
2.00pm - Lawrence Room Talk (ticketed event)

4.00pm - People's Portraits Reception (ticketed event)

4.00pm - 5.00pm - Afternoon Tea

6.00pm - Musical Event

7.00pm - 7.30pm - Roll Dinner to include reunions for 1972, 1962 and 1952 matriculations. Guest Speaker: Professor Helen Atkinson FREng.
An Annual Gathering for all those who matriculated in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
5.00pm - Tea

6.30pm - Commemoration Service in Chapel

7.15pm - Pre-prandial Drinks

8.00pm - Dinner
9.30am - Homerton College Roll Reunion

12.15pm - 2.00pm - Reunion Lunch

7.30pm - Homerton Roll Saturday Dinner
Members' Lunch for all King's Members. Afternoon tea for all King's Members.
25th, 30th and 35th Anniversary Event.


Lucy Cavendish
Murray Edwards
Newnham College Pembroke College
7.00pm 6.15pm onwards 6.30pm onwards 7.00pm onwards 
Turkish Buffet Supper
6.15pm - New Hall Society AGM followed by pre-dinner drinks

7.30pm - Alumnae Dinner
Reunion Dinner for matriculation years 1957, 1972, 1982, 1992.
6.30pm - Drinks in the Principal's Lodge

7.30pm - Dinner in College Hall
Alumni Weekend Dinner (all College members and their families who purchase a place).

Peterhouse Queen's 
Robinson College Selwyn College
6.45pm onwards 10.00am - 4.00pm 4.00pm onwards 5.30pm onwards 
Self Service cold buffet for Petreans and spouses attending the weekend.

6.45pm - Pre-buffet drinks in the Master's Lodge

7.30pm - Buffet Service
College and College 
Shop open to all alumni. Enter via the Visitor Gate in Queens' Lane and present your CAMCard. Entry fees may be charged for more than 
one guest. 
A tour of the College may be arranged with the Cambridge Tourist Office
4.00pm - 5.00pm - Welcome Tea

7.00 - 7.30pm - Drinks Reception

7.30pm - Reunion Dinner
Selwyn Alumni Association AGM and Dinner. All Selwyn alumni and guests are welcome. Those who matriculated in 2002 are particularly encouraged to attend to celebrate 10 years since matriculation.
5.30pm - Choral Evensong

6.30pm - Selwyn Alumni Association AGM

7.00pm - Drinks Reception

7.30pm - Dinner

Sidney Sussex
St Catharine's
Robinson College St Edmund's College
4.30pm onwards 2.30pm onwards 4.00pm onwards 5.00pm onwards 
Alumni Reunion for those who matriculated in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

4.30pm - 5.30pm - Afternoon Tea plus tour of the College with the Porters.

7.00pm - Pre-dinner drinks in the Master's Lodge

7.30pm - Dinner in the Hall
Society Annual Reunion for all alumni, partners and associate members.
2.30pm - Recital, Chapel

3.30pm - Afternoon Tea

4.15pm - Annual General Meeting

6.15pm - Evensong, Chapel

7.00pm - Drinks, SCR

7.30pm - Society Reunion Dinner, Hall
4.00pm - 5.00pm - Welcome Tea

7.00 - 7.30pm - Drinks Reception

7.30pm - Reunion Dinner
5.00pm - Alumni Society AGM

6.00pm - Concert

7.00pm - Reception

7.30pm - Dinner
St John's
Trinity Hall 

Wolfson College
3.30pm onwards 6.30pm onwards 2.00pm onwards
Johnian Society Day

3.30pm - Tea and Coffee

4.00pm - Lecture by Heather Hancock (1984), Lead Partner for London 2012 at Deloitte

7.15pm - 7.45pm - The AGM and Annual Dinner
6.30pm - Trinity Hall Association AGM

7.00pm - Trinity Hall Association Annual Cambridge Dinner
Reunion day and dinner for matriculation years 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002.

2.00pm - Lecture "Notes on the Synthesis of Music" by Dr Sam Aaron

3.00pm - Afternoon Tea

4.00pm - President's Tour of the College

7.00pm for 7.30pm - Dinner (black tie; full details have been sent with invitation