On 11th January 2019, Prof Ole Petersen, Academic Director AE Cardiff Hub and Vice President Academia Europaea, handed over a new SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) report to the European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) on behalf of the SAPEA Board. Prof Petersen was representing Prof Sierd Cloetingh, President Academia Europaea and Chair of the SAPEA Board, who attended the expert workshop the previous day.
Professor Cloetingh said:
“Our report is extremely timely, given the significant level of interest in this critically-important topic. SAPEA has brought together world-class expertise from across a wide range of disciplines to consider the issues at stake.
“I look forward to SAPEA’s future collaborations with the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, ensuring that scientific advice is informed by expertise from academies across Europe.”
The Cardiff Hub’s 30th anniversary reception, held on 14th January, featured a lively discussion on Plan S, an initiative for open-access science publishing. Plan S was launched in September 2018 by an international consortium of research funders, cOAlition S, supported by the ERC and launched by Science Europe.
Prof Ole Petersen, the Hub’s Academic Director, and Dr Mangala Srinivas, Chair Young Academy of Europe (YAE), introduced the topic, followed by audience discussion.
On 14th January, the Cardiff Hub held its annual Steering Group meeting in the Glamorgan Building at Cardiff University.
Professor John Skehel MAE chaired the meeting which was attended by Professor Yves-Alain Barde MAE, Professor Theo D’haen MAE, Professor Dianne Edwards MAE, Professor Genoveva Marti MAE, Professor Ole Petersen MAE and Professor John V. Tucker MAE. Assistant Professor Mangala Srivinas FYAE, Chair of the Young Academy of Europe, was invited as a guest.
Over 100 members of Academia Europaea travelled from far and wide to attend Academia Europaea’s 30th Annual Conference, Building Bridges, in Barcelona which took place on 29th November 2018. The event was held at the atmospheric Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), home to the Barcelona Knowledge Hub.
As part of our interview series with members of Academia Europaea, Professor Christopher Smith, Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews, kindly shares his professional experiences, insights into his research and tells us more about Sovereignty: a global perspective which is taking place in April 2019.
On 6th November, the Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub hosted an Asthma UK meeting, Curing and Preventing asthma; where do we go next? The meeting, held at the Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University, was chaired by Academia Europaea member and Founder Chair of the Clinical & Veterinary Section of Academia Europaea, Professor Stephen Holgate CBE MAE.
The Cardiff Hub was delighted to be at the Swansea Science Festival 2018 on 3-4 November to promote the Food from the Oceans SAPEA report’s key messages. Louise Edwards, Cardiff Hub Manager, was at the event to support two exhibitions within the Aqua Sphere. We collaborated with Dr Ruth Callaway’s Marine Explorers activities on “Protecting our oceans and combatting climate change!” and with Dr Sara Barrento on the SMARTAQUA stand, “The sea is our Fishmonger”.