Sir John Cadogan MAE 1930 – 2020

Sir John Cadogan MAE 1930 – 2020

Renowned Organic Chemist and Welsh Member of Academia Europaea, Sir John Cadogan, has died, aged 89.

Sir John was a Professor of Organic Chemistry. His specialist field was reaction mechanisms of organic compounds. He was the discoverer of the Cadogan reaction. His academic career took him to King’s College London, University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh.



In 1979, Cadogan joined the former British Petroleum Company as Chief Scientist in 1979 and shortly after became its first worldwide Director of Research. In 1994, he became the first Director General of Research Councils at the then Office of Science and Technology. From 1991-1993, he was a member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice.


His achievements were many. He received the Meldola Medal from the Royal Institute of Chemistry and the Corday Morgan Medal awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Sir John was the Inaugural President of the Learned Society of Wales and was a past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was knighted in 1991.


Sir John was elected to the Academia Europaea in 1990 making him one of the Academy’s earliest members.


Professor Cadogan passed away on 9 February, aged 89. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.


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In Memoriam Sir Michael Berridge MAE FRS 1938 – 2020

In Memoriam Sir Michael Berridge MAE FRS 1938 – 2020

By Ole H Petersen1 CBE MAE FRS and Carl C H Petersen2 MAE

1School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK and 2Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Switzerland


Sir Michael Berridge, one of the giants in the fields of physiology and biochemistry, and one of the very early members of Academia Europaea (elected 1989), passed away on 12th February 2020.

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A successful workshop at the Royal Irish Academy on Making Sense of Science for Policy

A successful workshop at the Royal Irish Academy on Making Sense of Science for Policy

On 11th February, a well-attended workshop took place at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, to discuss the recent Making Sense of Science for Policy report and its implications for policymaking at European and national level. 

Speakers at the workshop included Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer (Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors); Professor Ole Petersen (Vice-President, Academia Europaea); Professor Maria Baghramian (SAPEA Working Group) and Professor Peter Halligan (Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales).

From left to right: Professor Peter Halligan, Dr Cliona Murphy, Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Professor Maria Baghramian, Professor Peter Kennedy and Professor Ole Petersen

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Download our Annual Report 2019

Download our Annual Report 2019

In this report, we summarise our achievements towards meeting the priorities we set ourselves for the year.

They include continuing to deliver high-quality results in the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium, as part of the European Scientific Advice Mechanism.

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12th February 2020. For further information please contact AECarduffHub@cardiff.ac.uk

Two Cardiff University Professors play key role in New American Top Science Journal

Two Cardiff University Professors play key role in New American Top Science Journal

The American Physiological Society (APS), by far the world’s largest society of physiologists and pathophysiologists, with more than 10,000 members, will be launching its new flagship journal FUNCTION later this year.

Remarkably, two Cardiff University Professors, Val O’Donnell (School of Medicine, Co-Director of the Systems Immunity Research Institute) and Ole Petersen CBE MAE FRS (School of Biosciences, Director of the Academia Europaea – Cardiff University Knowledge Hub) play key roles in the development of this new journal. Val O’Donnell is one of the 10 members of the inaugural Executive Editorial group and Ole Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief.

Last week, Ole Petersen, the Executive Editors, the President and the Executive Director of APS met at Duke University’s world leading Molecular Physiology Institute in Durham, North Carolina to speak at a very well attended international symposium on ‘Bringing Great Physiology to the Forefront of Science’. This was followed by FUNCTION’s inaugural editorial group meeting, deciding on the most important aspects of the new, fully Plan S compliant, Open Access journal.

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