Global Cambridge in Seattle

Global Cambridge in Seattle

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  • Seattle
Science and Technology: For the Good of Society?
Thursday, 6 December 2018 - 6.00pm to 8.00pm PST
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Join Professor Stephen J Toope, OC LLD, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; Sir Mark Welland FRS FREng, Professor of Nanotechnology, Director of the Nanoscience Centre, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Special Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on China, and Master of St. Catharine's College; and Dr. Tanya Filer, Research Associate, Public Policy and Policy Engagement, Bennett Institute for Public Policy. 

Together they will explore the ways Cambridge is having an impact in the world, and much more. Don't miss this opportunity to meet alumni and friends in your area, hear from Cambridge's leading experts, and discuss some of the challenges facing our planet and society.

Following the discussion, you are invited to continue the conversation at a reception, providing a wonderful opportunity to network with other Cambridge graduates and friends

This event is $20 USD per person to attend. 


Professor Stephen J Toope

Professor Stephen J Toope

Professor Stephen J Toope became the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge on 2 October 2017.

Professor Toope joined Cambridge after a distinguished career as a scholar and academic leader. He was Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs (2015-2017), and before that President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia (2006-2014). He served as President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2002-2006), and as Dean of Law at McGill University (1994-1999).

Born in Montreal, Canada (1958), Stephen Toope studied History and Literature at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude (1979), before earning degrees in common law and civil law at McGill University (1983). He is an alumnus of Trinity College where he completed a PhD under the supervision of Sir Derek Bowett. 

Professor Toope’s academic interests are in international law, human rights, international legal theory and international development.

Alumni information: 
Trinity 1983

Professor Sir Mark Welland

Sir Mark

Professor Sir Mark Welland started his career in nanoscience and nanotechnology at IBM Research Laboratories, Yorktown Heights, USA, where he was part of the team that developed one of the first scanning tunnelling microscopes. In 1985, appointed to a Lectureship in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, he set up the first tunnelling microscopy group in the UK and in 1991 he began the nanoscience research group. Sir Mark is currently Professor of Nanotechnology researching into a broad range of both fundamental and applied problems. These include protein mis-folding problems related to human diseases such as Alzheimer’s, nanostructured materials for high efficiency low-cost solar cells, biologically inspired nanomaterials for green technologies and nanoelectronics for future generation communications and sensing. 

He has given a number of prestigious lectures that include the Turing Lecture, IEE and British Computing Society, 2002; the Sterling Lecturer, an Annual Appointment made by the Sterling group of Universities, 2003; The Annual Materials Research Society of India Lecture, Mumbai, India, 2006 and the Max Planck Society Lecture 2007, MPI, Stuttgart, Germany. 

From April 2008 until May 2012, Sir Mark was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government Ministry of Defence. In April 2011, in recognition of Sir Mark's contributions, he was presented with the US Secretary of Defense's Award for Exceptional Public Service. Also in April 2011, in recognition of his outstanding leadership, wise counsel and his significant contribution to the interests of the United Kingdom and the United States, he received the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Gold Medal for Distinguished Service. The NNSA Gold Medal is the highest medal awarded by the NNSA. 

Sir Mark was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2002, a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences India in 2008 and a Foreign Member of the Danish Academy of Sciences in 2010. Sir Mark was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2011.

Sir Mark was Head of Electrical Engineering from October 2015 to September 2018, has been Head of the Nanoscience Centre since 2012, has been Master of St. Catharine’s College since October 2016, was elected a Deputy Vice-Chancellor October 2018 and is Special Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on China. From 1 January 2019, he will be Director of the Maxwell Centre.

Dr Tanya Filer

Dr Tanya Filer

Dr. Tanya Filer is a Research Associate in Public Policy and Policy Engagement at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, where she leads the Digital State Project. 

Her work focuses on the creation and sustainable growth of GovTech (government technology) innovation ecosystems, and on digital government more broadly. Amid rapid technological change and deepening inequality, she seeks to understand how governments can respond to citizens' demands for better services and more meaningful participation. She also runs Tech States, the Institute's interview series, featuring leading international voices on government and technology.

Before joining the Institute, Dr. Filer was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, and member of the interdisciplinary Leverhulme Trust Conspiracy and Democracy Project, based at the Centre.

Dr. Filer is a Teaching Associate at the University’s Centre for Latin American Studies where her seminars focus on technology and public policy. She supervises on Cambridge's newly launched PGCert in Public Policy, and has taught previously at Yale, Oxford and UCL. 

Dr. Filer has been a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, British Research Council Scholar at the Library of Congress, Collaborative Exchange Scholar at Yale University and Leverhulme Trust Scholar at the Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires. In 2018, she is a UK-Israel British Council fellow in Cyber Research. 

Dr. Filer is an Advisor to the Fourth Group, and a WEF Agenda and Wired contributor. From 2016 to 2018 she served on the Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment at the World Economic Forum.

Alumni information: 
Robinson 2004
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