Cambridge's Stephen Toope begins term as new IARU Chair
Professor Stephen J. Toope, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, was recently confirmed by the IARU Presidents as the new Chair of the Alliance.
Prof. Toope succeeds Dr Makoto Gonokami of the University of Tokyo. The Chair of IARU, along with the IARU Secretariat, moves between members every two years and this will be the first time that Cambridge has had the honour of serving as Chair.
In thanking the other IARU Presidents, Prof. Toope said "I am very excited by the opportunities I will have as Chair to work more closely with you all and to support the diverse initiatives and work streams of the IARU community. During Tokyo's time as Chair, IARU has continued to grow as a unique forum for communication and collaboration. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to express, once again, my gratitude to President Gonokami and all our colleagues at Tokyo". Prof. Toope observed "the strength of the commitment among members to help one another and to work jointly on challenges that are affecting as all, such as sustainability, global health and mental well-being. As a result, I believe that the value of IARU, and its potential impact on global society, has never been greater."