Global Sustainability Film Awards 2019

Congratulations to our Vice President and Professorial Fellow Alan Short who has won a 2019 Global Sustainability Film Award for AI and Digital Innovation with A Low Carbon Future for China’s Furnace Cities. The award was presented by the Chair of the China International Culture Stock Exchange, Grace Bian. The film investigates the opportunities for low carbon heating and cooling and looks at the Chinese government’s efforts to adapt building stock to reduce carbon emissions significantly. Watch the award-winning film below. 


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21 November 2019

Clare Hall Fellow Appointed as Pro-Proctor

On the nomination of Clare Hall, Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes has been appointed a Pro-Proctor for the academic year 2019–20.  Annamaria is the 14th woman to serve as a Proctor at the University of Cambridge, a post that has been traditionally held by men until 1979. She will then continue to serve as a Proctor 2020 - 2021 and as Deputy Proctor 2021 - 2022.

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21 November 2019

GSB Chapel Visit

Last month the Dean of Clare College invited our students to an evensong performed by the renowned Clare College Choir, after which attendees enjoyed a wine reception in the ante-chapel.

Clare College Chapel is also officially the chapel of Clare Hall and our members are always welcome to visit. The Clare College website provides more information on upcoming events and how to reach the Chapel. The Clare Hall GSB would like to thank Clare College, and specifically Revd Dr Mark Smith, for organising...

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18 November 2019

Student Focus - Rashel Pakbaz

At Clare Hall we pride ourselves on attracting graduate students from all over the world. Here we continue our series of articles about our students’ research.

Rashel Pakbaz is an Ethnomusicology PhD student at the College. Rashel researches the liturgical music of the Assyrian Church of the East, formerly known as the Church of the East, looking at its role in the preservation of Assyrian ethnic identity after the rise of ISIS in 2014. 

Assyrian Church of the East is a Syriac rite which was established in the fifth century CE and encompassed territories from Mesopotamia to...

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14 November 2019

CUDC-Maxer Student Summer Programme

At the beginning of August, Clare Hall welcomed the latest student summer programme from the China UK Development Centre-Maxer Education Group. The students were from Xiamen University, Soochow University, Xi’an Jiao Tong University and Fuzhou University.

This course was designed to give participants the chance to attend lectures related to Chemistry, alongside day trips to relevant institutions such as The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Fitzwilliam Museum. The group also visited London's West End and spent a day in Oxfordshire visiting Christ Church and...

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12 November 2019

Salje Medal - Inside the Human Cell by Dr Valentina Quarantotti

Congratulations to Clare Hall graduate, Dr Valentina Quarantotti, who was also recently awarded a Salje Medal for her PhD in Medical Science entitled Towards the Understanding of Pericentriolar Satellite Biology. Dr Quarantotti explains more about her research here.

My PhD explores the biological function of mysterious cellular components called centriolar satellites. The name of these structures derives from the observation made on their continuous movement, reminiscent of satellites in orbit, around two intriguing cellular compartments, the centrosome and...

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07 November 2019

Salje Medal - Climate Change in the Bronze Age by Dr Penny Jones

Congratulations to recent Clare Hall graduate, Dr Penny Jones, who was awarded a Salje Medal for her PhD dissertation in Archeology entitled Climate change, water stress and agriculture in the Indus Civilisation, 3000-1500 BC. Here she describes her research.

The Indus (or Harappan) Civilisation is perhaps the least well-known – and least well understood – of the Bronze Age urban civilisations. Contemporary with major civilisations in Mesopotamia, China and Egypt, the Indus Civilisation flourished across the plains of modern north-western India and Pakistan...

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05 November 2019

A Farewell to Ice by Professor Peter Wadham

Professor Peter Wadham’s book A Farewell to Ice (Allen Lane, 2016) has been published in Italian as Addio ai Ghiacci (Bollati Borenghieri, Turin, 2017) winning second place in the 2019 Galileo Prize contest for popular science books at the University of Padua.  A further popular Italian edition is due in November. 


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31 October 2019

Alumni Weekend 2019

This year’s well attended Alumni Weekend featured two talks by Clare Hall Fellows.  It was pure coincidence that they were both from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, but they brilliantly showcased the diversity of the department.  Professor Hasok Chang, Hans Rausing Professor, challenged the idea that all science can be reduced to its constituents, in this case, physics.  Dr Carolyn Cobbold gave a fascinating talk about the history of food dyes, and how various countries had responded differently to their use in foods.  It was a wonderful...

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31 October 2019

Graduation October 2019

We had a lovely Graduation Dinner on Friday 25 October followed by an equally lovely, if wet, Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 26 October: five PhDs and twenty Masters of Philosophy.

Warm congratulations to all.

Photo Credit: Dr Tobias Baldauf





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29 October 2019