All Upcoming Alumni Events

Darwin Zoom Events Series 2021 

Listed below are our first Alumni Zoom events of the 2021 Series. Please keep checking in as more will be listed when confirmed.  Invitations with zoom links will be sent out to the relevant groups a few weeks before the event. However, all alumni can attend any of these events, so if you are interested but aren't in the suggested co-hort, please email and we will send you details.

Past Talks:

‘Did Biden's Election Save U.S. Democracy?' If you would like a recording of this talk please email us.

'Marginalized and Underserved Populations, COVID 19 and Health Inequities'  If you would like a recording of this talk please email us

'The Future of Democratic Policing' If you would like a recording of this talk please email us.

 'The Internet of Things: What Everyone Needs to Know' If you would like a recording of this talk please email us.

Upcoming Talks:


Thursday 22nd April: 'Antarctic Tourism – its Impacts and Benefits'. The speaker is Darwin alumnus David Macdonald. David graduated from the University of Glasgow and joined the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) as a geologist, working on the island of South Georgia for two long field seasons, which was the basis of his PhD research at Darwin (1977-1980).  At Darwin David was Admiral of Punts, a member of the May Ball organising committee, and co-manager of DarBar (with Iain Begg). After postdoctoral work, he joined BP. David rejoined BAS as a team leader, doing five more Antarctic expeditions and reaching the South Pole, courtesy of the US Navy.  He was awarded a Polar Medal in 1987.  In the 1990s he was Chief Geologist of CASP were he managed frontier geological projects across the globe, undertaking expeditions to Spitsbergen, East Siberia, Sakhalin, Patagonia, and the Falklands. In 1999 he took up a chair at the University of Aberdeen, working on projects in Russia, California and Brazil.  He retired from the university in 2018.  He now works part-time for Albatros Expeditions as a lecturer and expedition guide in the Arctic and Antarctic; he also holds an Honorary Chair at Perm National Polytechnic Research University in Russia, where he delivers an annual course and participates in their research. 

Future Events:

The events listed below are not yet open for booking, however, if you want further details please click the date of the event you are interested in.  You will be re-directed to an email form, please fill in your name and years at College in the message body, the Alumni Office will contact you more information within two working days.

May 2021

Tuesday 11th May: 'Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines work: Challenges and Opportunities'. The speaker is Darwin alumni Ann Ager. Ann is Professor of Cellular Immunity and Immunotherapy in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University. She heads a team of students and postdoctoral fellows studying how T-cells move around the body to protect us against virus infections, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  As Chair of Forum and a Trustee of the British Society for Immunology (BSI), a Council member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) Ann is an advocate for Immunology to governments and other policy makers. Ann is also deputy chair of the BSI-NCRI alliance which brings together immunologists and oncologists who research, develop and use cancer immunotherapies.    

Date to be confirmed: 'International Rule of Law Assistance for Democratic Development'The speaker is Darwin alumnus Arthur Graham. Arthur is Head of the Rule of Law and Human Rights Department at the OSCE Mission to Serbia, with a portfolio which includes judicial reform, economic crime and anticorruption, human rights in criminal justice, legality in public administration, and war crimes trial monitoring. He has been in that position since 2016, after serving as Acting Head of Department with OSCE Albania.  

June 2021:

Sunday 13th June: 'The Fork in the Road: Can the US Sharply Reduce its Dependence on Oil and Gas?'  The speaker is Darwin alumni Ned Farquhar. Ned served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (land and minerals management) of the Interior Department under President Barack Obama, and as Senior Energy Advisor to former US Energy Secretary and United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson when he was Governor of New Mexico, a major oil-producing state.  His energy experience includes decades of governmental and non-profit energy analysis and advocacy throughout the western United States and in the northeast.  His thesis at the Scott Polar Research Institute analyzed impacts of Federal land and energy policy in Alaska during the 1970s, after the confirmation of the Prudhoe oil field, the largest in North America, in the late 1960s.



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