Gates alumni meet in Berlin despite volcanic travel chaos

  • April 20, 2010

Despite the necessary cancellation of the planned main Inaugural European Gates Alumni Meeting due to the pan-European travel disruptions, a small number of Gates Alumni reunited in the German capital...

Despite the necessary cancellation of the planned main Inaugural European Gates Alumni Meeting due to the pan-European travel disruptions, a small number of Gates Alumni reunited in the German capital for an informal, yet no less stimulating meeting on 16-17 April.

Ironically, under that ominous, yet invisible cloud of volcanic ashes, outstanding weather allowed for a gentle stroll through some attractive quarters of the city as well as for extended conversations in spring sunshine on the Saturday.

On Friday, even in the absence of the Cambridge delegation and many participants from abroad, the drinks reception and dinner at Restaurant Oxymoron went ahead as planned. The small group of Gates alumni from Germany and Denmark were joined by a sizeable contingent of Wolfson and Fitzwilliam alumni based in Germany and, in particular, Berlin. Many participants expressed a hope for further alumni activities on the European continent, such as the planned Inaugural Gates Alumni Meeting in Berlin which is now expected to take place at a later date.

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