International Alumni groups

Germany

Activities in Germany are hosted by the German Cambridge Society, in which Sidney alumni play a prominent role (among them the current Vice-Chair and the Secretary).  Members of the Society would also be willing to help Sidney students or young professionals coming to Germany for their studies or career. Please get in touch with Dr Heinz Fuchs at H.Fuchs.97@cantab.net.

Switzerland

The Sidney Club of Geneva consists of 26 former and current Fellows/students with representatives in France, Germany and the UK. It prides itself in offering a well-balanced range of social and educational/intellectual activities. The Club collaborates with the Oxford and Cambridge Dining Club of Geneva and with a similar Club in Zurich.

In 2012, Club events included a trip to the Fondation Pierre Giannada in Martigny (Valais) for the Monet exhibition, attendance at a Concert of the Symphony Orchestra of Geneva at Victoria Hall in Geneva, and a New Year Dinner (instead of a Christmas dinner) at the Karishma Indian Restaurant in Divonne-les-Bains in France.

A weekend trip to the Aosta Valley (Italy) in May included visits to the Fenis and Issogne Castles, the fortress of Bard, church of St. Orsa in Aosta,  Roman bridge at St. Martin built in 1 century BC, and a wine-tasting session in Frazione village. The route to Aosta followed closely the route taken by Napolean Bonaparte centuries earlier.

In June, the Club held its Annual Dinner and Talk at the fixed venue, Hotel du Lac, Coppet. Bill Jones, Fellow of the College and Professor of Materials Chemistry spoke on the Role of Materials Chemistry in Drug Delivery. The event was very well attended (24) including members coming from Cambridge, Nairobi, Grenoble and Zurich.

Year 2013 marks the Club’s tenth anniversary. Currently, plans are underway to celebrate it in Switzerland and in Cambridge. Activities are likely to include a New Year Dinner in January 2013, a visit to the University of Basle, the oldest University in Switzerland, in April, Annual Dinner and Talk in Coppet in June and a trip to Cambridge in September.

Any current or past members of the College who would like to join the Club or find out more about it are encouraged to contact the President, Ajit Bhalla, abhalla33@windowslive.com, or the Treasurer, Stephen Blockley, blocklan@hotmail.com.

For more information, please contact the Membership & Events Officer, Mrs Jacqueline Boyle (alumni@sid.cam.ac.uk, Tel. +44 1223 3 38881) .

  • German Cambridge Society, photo: Heinz Fuchs
  • Sidney Club of Geneva, photo:  Ajit Bhalla
  • New York dinner, the Sidney Sussex Foundation