It has been a difficult time for us all, but news of great work undertaken by members of our community is uplifting. This includes those who are continuing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and those working in many other fields. Here’s what has been happening in the last few days.

PhD Student Ramit Debnath joined a panel for a thought-provoking conversation on the present and future of energy transition as part of the Alumni Festival.

Churchill alumnus Professor David Klenerman (U79, G82), together with Professor Shankar Balasubramanian, has been awarded the 2022 Breakthrough prize in life sciences. This is the world’s largest science prize, and has been awarded for their work in development of next-generation DNA sequencing.

Wildflowers, Hedgehogs and Honey; A walk on the wild side of sustainability, a talk by our Head of Ground and Gardens John Moore for the alumni festival, is now available online.

Alumnus Simon Morrish (U89) spoke to us about the work he is doing to try to help some of the women’s rights activists in Afghanistan.

A paper authored by Postdoctoral By-Fellow, Dr Kristian Nielsen, identifies five ways that people of high socioeconomic status have a disproportionate impact on global greenhouse gas emissions – and therefore an outsized responsibility to facilitate progress in climate change mitigation.

Honorary Fellow, Professor Wole Soyinka, was profiled in an article by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who discussed how his fearless writing had inspired her (Times login required).

Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter delved into the detail behind the data and explored the true human cost of the pandemic in his new book with Anthony Masters Covid by Numbers: Making Sense of the Pandemic With Data.

Junior Research Fellow Dr Leor Zmigrod wrote for the Royal Society on the importance of diversity and plurality in the peer review system.

We will continue to keep you informed of all of the work being done by the Churchill College Community. If you have any news you would like to share, please get in touch by emailing