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Alex Hopkins Lecture and Dinner

Alumni, Master, Fellows and By-Fellows, Public, Students,

22 Mar 2024

  • Start: 17:00
  • End: 22:00

Chemistry Department and Churchill College

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Professor Dr Marta E. G. Mosquera, from the University of Alcala. During her career, Marta spent time working in the Wright Group in the Chemistry Department in Cambridge, overlapping with Alex when he was studying for his PhD. Alex and Marta became great friends as well as scientific colleagues, so to have Marta lecture in his memory this year will be an honour.  

Marta’s talk, entitled Bioplastics for a Sustainable Future, will reflect on how materials have defined human existence. The Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age are all part of human history, however, these days plastics are the key materials for developing our technology and our standard of life. Marta will consider whether it is possible to do without them, what the alternatives might be and whether we can make plastics more sustainable.

The lecture takes place at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre in the Department of Chemistry on Lensfield Road. This will be followed by a drinks reception and dinner in College, followed by after-dinner drinks in the Cockcroft Room. See below for booking details.

Our speaker:

Marta E. G. Mosquera FRSC is Professor in Inorganic Chemistry and leader of the research group soscatcom. After attaining her PhD degree in Chemistry in the University of Oviedo, she moved to Cambridge University, then in 2003, she moved to Alcalá University where she has developed her independent career. Her research interests spans from the synthesis and characterization of homo and heterometallic compounds from group 13 and alkali metals, and in the study of their activity in different catalytic processes particularly on polymerization to give functionalized polymers and bioplastics.

She has presented her work in over 130 publications in JCR journals and 120 conference contributions and been involved in the Organizing Committee of top international conferences. With a strong commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate students, she has supervised 30 Masters and PhD theses.


Alex Hopkins

The Alex Hopkins Fund:

Alex Hopkins was a student and Teaching Fellow in Chemistry at Churchill College who died tragically young in 2006. Each year, the Alex Hopkins Fund supports the award of one or more prizes for outstanding overall achievement in the final Tripos examination in Chemistry, as well as sponsoring an annual lecture to be held in the Department of Chemistry.

Alex’s infectious enthusiasm and humour characterised his teaching and his exceptional ability to communicate his passion for science. The lectures, although routed in science, aim to be as much about entertaining as educating and are designed to be appealing and accessible to all.



Information about the lecture and booking will be posted on the Cambridge Festival site in due course.


Alumni and non-members: please use the form at the bottom of this page to book tickets to the dinner and after-dinner drinks and make any additional donation to the Alex Hopkins Fund using the form.

  • Alumni should select the ‘Alumni ticket’ option for themselves and up to one guest to dine (thus using their High Table dining rights to susbsidise the cost). The price includes post-dinner drinks in the Cockcroft Room.
  • Non-members of the College are welcome to book a place at the dinner and post-dinner drinks. Please select the ‘ticket’ option.

Fellows should use the SCR High Table sign-up page as usual.


Unfortunately, this event falls within the College Period of Residence, even though it is outside of term. We have therefore arranged for a small number of rooms to be put on hold at the Møller Centre. To reserve one of these rooms, guests will need to contact the Centre directly on +44 (0)1223 465500 or email Reception on and quote KX53631.

The rate for this night will be £110 per room per night single occupancy or £130 double occupancy, fully inclusive of VAT, Breakfast, Wi-Fi and Parking. The rate is not available online. Payment details are required on booking: no charge is made then but in the event of a no show with no cancellation, there is a charge for one night.