Global Cambridge in Munich

Global Cambridge in Munich

  • Nymphenburg Palace, Munich
Our fundamental biology is more than chemical: could understanding the physics of cells be the key to a new neuroscientific world?
Saturday, 27 April 2019 - 2.30pm to 5.30pm CEST
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Cells were first discovered in 1665 and the concept of cell theory was articulated in 1839, predating Darwin’s theory of evolution. For around 180 years scientists have studied living organisms with the understanding that they are all made up of cells. Yet we still have an incredible amount to learn. Cells with the exact same chemical make-up may be mechanically very different... and we don’t know why. Join the Vice-Chancellor and Cambridge academics, Dr Kristian Franze’s and Dr Amelia Thompson, to find out what’s happening at the cutting-edge of neuroscience: why the physical properties of cells matter, and how understanding the mechanics of cells could be the key to everything from preventing rejection in transplant patients to solving regeneration of damaged neurons after spinal cord injuries.


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

Dr Kristian Franze

Dr Kristian Franze

Dr Kristian Franze qualified as a veterinarian at the University of Leipzig in Germany, where he went on to obtain a PhD in physics in 2007. He then commenced his postdoctoral research at the Cavendish Laboratory. In 2011, he started his group with a Medical Research Council Career Development Award as a University Lecturer, and in 2017 he was promoted to a Reader at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience in Cambridge. His research focuses on how cellular forces and mechanical interactions of cells with their environment control the development, functioning, and disorders of the nervous system.

Dr Joy Thompson

Dr Amelia Thompson

Amelia Joy Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University, where she graduated in 2009 with Honours and the University Medal in biochemistry and molecular biology. She worked in the University of Melbourne’s Genetics Department before commencing her PhD at Cambridge on the Wellcome Trust-funded Integrated PhD Programme in Developmental Biology. She completed it in Dr Kristian Franze’s laboratory at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, where she is currently a postdoc. Her research focuses on the role of the mechanical environment, especially brain tissue stiffness, in guiding the growth of nerve cells in the developing embryo.

Alumni information: 
Trinity 2012

CJBS alumni event on Saturday 27 April

Join other Cambridge Judge Business School alumni from across the region for dinner following the University of Cambridge Global Cambridge event in Munich.

When: 6.30pm-9.00pm, Saturday 27 April

Where: Spatenhaus an der Oper

RSVP: Please complete the registration form here. Please note, places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.



Literaturhaus München
Salvatorplatz 1
80333 München