Friday 31 July 2020 Trinity in Japan: discussion with Lord Martin Rees

Friday 31 July 2020 at 7pm in central Tokyo: video discussion with Lord Martin Rees

All Trinity members – Fellows, Past Fellows, students, alumni very welcome

On Friday 31 July 2020 at 7pm we will meet in central Tokyo.

Lord Martin Rees, former Master of Trinity, has very generously agreed to hold a video discussion with us. Martin kindly offers to answer our questions!

Of course, Martin’s field is astronomy, as former Master Martin knows much more about Trinity than all of us together, and recently Martin has founded the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University: Martin’s latest book “On the future: prospects for humanity” has just appeared also in Japanese translation:

If you like to ask Martin questions during our video discussions, best would be if you prepare the questions beforehand.

Martin has written an extensive article on his views on Covid-19 impact on Universities, and how Universities should adapt better to the needs of students in our changed world.

You can read Martin’s article here, and I suggest we don’t ask questions which Martin has already answered in this article:


On Friday 31 July 2020 we will meet as follows:

  • 7pm – arrival, please be punctual, so that we can start the video discussion with Martin Rees on time
  • 7:15pm – 7:40pm video discussion with Lord Martin Rees.
  • 7:45pm – 9:30pm dinner
  • after 9:30pm – nijikai drinks nearby (not included)

Cost of this meeting will be YEN 10,000 including Kaiseki banquet-style dinner and unlimited drinks from a fixed list. We will meet in central Tokyo.

Registration and prepayment until Friday 24 July 2020. I will send location details and account details for prepayment to those who register.

Given the Covid-19 situation we will follow all Government and restaurant rules on hygiene. If the situation changes and it becomes necessary to postpone I will notify those who have registered.

Lord Martin Rees

Martin achieved many discoveries in astrophysics and astronomy including the origin of cosmic background radiation black holes, quasars, and gamma ray bursts. Martin is Astronomer Royal, was Master of Trinity College, and President of the Royal Society. Over his long career and today, Martin had and has many important leadership positions, and has received many prizes and distinctions.

Recently Martin founded the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University:, where Martin is studying fundamental threats and risks to humanity and us humans on planet earth:

More about Martin:

and you can find some of Martin’s books here on Amazon:

Martin’s talk at the House of Lords on “Technology & environmental stresses in 2050 and beyond”

and you can find many of Martin’s public lectures on YouTube:

To register

If you are Trinity College Cambridge Fellow or member living in or visiting Japan please join us. To register, or for any enquiries contact us here:

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