Global Cambridge in London

Global Cambridge in London

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Meet up with fellow alumni and immerse yourself in the University's world-leading research at Global Cambridge in London.
Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 7.00pm to 9.30pm GMT
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Alumni and guests

How do we see and perceive the world around us? Cambridge thinkers and leading alumni will reflect on how understanding the way we view the world, and sharing what we see, can bring a powerful new perspective to human challenges.

On Thursday, 16 November you’ll be able to meet with fellow alumni in the stunning surroundings of the National Gallery and hear a panel of leading academics and alumni, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, discuss how we see and perceive the world through art.

About the Global Cambridge series

This event is part of our Global Cambridge series, showcasing how Cambridge thinking continues to shape our world, trail-blazing the way to new discoveries and ideas. The series brings together alumni and supporters of the University to connect, engage and inspire. In 2017, we've visited Bristol, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Düsseldorf, Leeds, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney, with London, New York, Paris and San Francisco still to come.


Professor Caroline Van Eck

Professor Caroline Van Eck

Caroline van Eck is Professor of Art History and a Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies at King's College.

She is a noted authority on European architecture and the figurative arts, with her principal research interests including art and architectural history and theory of the eighteenth century and the relations between rhetoric and the visual arts.

Professor van Eck studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, and classics and philosophy at Leiden University. She obtained her PhD in aesthetics at the University of Amsterdam in 1994. Having taught at the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen and Leiden, she has been a Visiting Fellow at the Warburg Institute and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art at Yale University, and a Visiting Professor in Ghent, Yale and York. In September 2016 Professor van Eck took up her post as Professor of Art History at Cambridge, and in the 2016-17 academic year was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford.

Professor Barbara Sahakian

Professor Barbara Sahakian

Barbara Sahakian (Darwin 1973) is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Research Council / Wellcome Trust Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. A leading neuroscientist, she has an international reputation in the fields of psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, neuroimaging and neuroethics. Her research includes how functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has proved to be game-changing for understanding the brain.

She has been consulted on UK Government neuroscience and mental health policy and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Brain Research. A co-inventor of the neuropsychological CANTAB tests, Professor Sahakian serves as a Senior Consultant to Cambridge Cognition, the University spin-out that provides CANTAB.

Professor Sahakian is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, co-author of Bad Moves: How decision making goes wrong and the ethics of smart drugs (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics (OUP, 2011).

Dame Barbara Stocking

Dame Barbara Stocking

Dame Barbara Stocking (Murray Edwards, New Hall 1969) is President of Murray Edwards College.

She was previously Chief Executive of Oxfam GB from 2001 to 2013, during which time she led major humanitarian responses and campaigns such as 'Grow', for food justice in a resource-constrained world, and 'Make Poverty History'.

Previously a member of the senior management team of the National Health Service (NHS), Dame Barbara worked as Regional Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency and was awarded a CBE for health services in 2000. She is a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE), having been honoured in 2008 for humanitarian service.

Dame Barbara is a Trustee of the Gates Cambridge Trust and the Cambridge Trusts, and Chair of the Faculty Board of Human, Social and Political Sciences.

Murray Edwards College holds the New Hall Art Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of contemporary women’s art in the world. 

Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb

Dr Carola Bibiane Schönlieb

Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb (Girton 2007) is a Reader in Applied and Computational Analysis, the Director of the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information and Head of the Cambridge Image Analysis group.

Dr Schönlieb works on computational methods for large-scale problems appearing in 3- and 4-D imaging, including their use for real-world applications like arts restoration and medical imaging.

A Fellow of Jesus College, Dr Schönlieb's research interests range from nonlinear partial differential equations to computational and convex analysis, with applications in digital image and signal processing. She studies fourth-order equations and nonsmooth optimisation problems for image reconstruction, especially for what is called 'image inpainting'. 

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National Gallery
Trafalger Square
United Kingdom

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Entry will be through the Main Portico Entrance. Find directions on the National Gallery's website. Please note that the venue will open to event guests at 7pm.