Cambridge Trust Director hosts reception for President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

Helen Pennant, Director of the Cambridge Trust, earlier this month hosted a reception at King’s College to welcome Professor Wendy Larner, President, and Dr Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi. They were joined for afternoon tea by around 20 Trust scholarship holders from New Zealand, including the current holders of the Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial Scholarship.

In addition to being the Chair of the Rutherford Foundation, the Trust’s partner in the Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial Scholarship, Professor Larner has been Provost of Victoria University, New Zealand since December 2015. An internationally respected social scientist, her research spans globalisation, governance and gender.

Professor Larner spoke to the scholars about her strategic vision for the Royal Society as an open, inclusive and progressive organisation which aims to inform and educate Aotearoa New Zealand and advance research, scholarly practice and innovation. This was followed by a lively question and answer session focused particularly on how the Royal Society might drive change.

The Cambridge Trust currently has some 37 scholarship holders from New Zealand, the majority of whom are studying for PhD degrees, supported by scholarships including the Woolf Fisher Cambridge Scholarship. The Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial Scholarship is named for Ernest Rutherford, the most famous New Zealand scientist to come to Cambridge, who worked with J.J.Thomson at the Cavendish Laboratory and subsequently won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and became Director of the Cavendish Laboratory.

Professor Wendy Larner

Professor Wendy Larner