Celebrations in San Francisco for the American Alumni Reunion 2019

The room full of guests at the American Alumni Reunion 2019

San Francisco, California was the setting for this year’s American Alumni Reunion, which took place on May 4, 2019.

Around 80 alumni and guests from across the USA gathered at the famous St Francis, Westin hotel to enjoy a drinks reception, dinner and hear for the first time from the University’s new President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts. The guest list included graduates from 7 decades, with graduation years spanning from 1955-2018.

Director of Advancement Miles Stevenson welcomed guests before Professor Lamberts spoke, providing an insight into his first six months in post and the direction he wants to take the University. In particular, he highlighted the exciting establishment of the University’s four new flagship research institutes, which focus on Energy, Healthy Lifespan, Sustainable Food and Neuroscience. These flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle these problems, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions. You can read more about them on our Flagship Research Institutes web page.

Professor Koen Lamberts and Sir Rich RobertsFollowing dinner, the event closed with the presentation of a Distinguished Alumni Award for alumnus and Nobel Prize winner Sir Rich Roberts (BSc Chemistry 1965, PhD Chemistry 1968, Hon DSc 1994). Sir Rich has been a dedicated supporter of the University as a volunteer, donor, speaker and as an ambassador. For over 15 years, he was Chair of the University of Sheffield in America Board of Directors, and as well as being a donor himself, he has helped in the University’s philanthropic efforts, building new connections within the USA. He has also delivered numerous lectures for the University both on campus – especially for science outreach to children – and overseas, and is one of the University’s greatest ambassadors. It was the perfect occasion to honour such a worthy recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. In his response, Sir Rich talked about how important the University was to him and the great part luck had played in his distinguished career.

Read more about Sir Rich Roberts’ Distinguished Alumni Award.

We look forward to next year’s American Reunion event likely to take place in Chicago in May 2020. Please check the Alumni Events web page as details unfold.

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