Cambridge Alumni Festival
Sugary solutions for our health and the environment
Professor Paul Dupree (1996)
Fellow and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences
Wood, straw and compostable waste are, perhaps surprisingly, full of sugar. Professor Paul Dupree discusses how plants use sugars to grow, and introduces some recently emerging ideas that studying plant sugars may help us tackle issues from plastic pollution to mental health. Professor Dupree's talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
Carving a classical career: Success in the world of classical music
Mrs Katie Derham (1988)
In the competitive world of classical music, making it as a musician takes far more than great talent and skill. Winning competitions can help; so too, the support and inspiration of a brilliant mentor. But passion, creativity, strength and sheer determination are all crucial qualities in carving out a classical career.
The BBC’s Katie Derham is joined by a panel of outstanding special guests, Sir Mark Elder CH CBE, Sir Andrew Davis CBE, Sir John Eliot Gardiner CBE, Emma Johnson and Anna Lapwood, to discuss their journeys so far, their ambitions, and why music — and music-making — is so important.
The Mountbatten: their lives and loves
Mr Andrew Lownie (1981)
Based on his Sunday Times bestseller, Andrew Lownie gives an enthralling portrait of the private – they had an open marriage and many affairs – and public lives of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten covering their wartime careers, period as Viceroy & Vicereine of India and links to Royal Family.