AE Cardiff welcomes Wendy Larner to Steering Group

AE Cardiff welcomes Wendy Larner to Steering Group

Professor Wendy Larner, Cardiff University’s new President and Vice-Chancellor, joins the Steering Group, which oversees and supports the Cardiff Hub’s strategy and work programme.

The Academic Director of the AE Cardiff Hub, Professor Ole Petersen CBE MAE FRS, said:

“We are delighted that our new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Larner, has kindly accepted to become a member of the Hub’s Steering Group. We have benefited greatly from the effective support given to us by Professor Colin Riordan MAE and now look much forward to the interactions with Professor Larner over the coming years. Amazingly, our important work for the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism via SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) was not interrupted in the post-Brexit years and, after the very recent announcement of the re-association of the UK with the EU’s Horizon Europe programme, we can look forward to a continuing strong role for the Cardiff Hub in European Science Advice for Policy.”

About Professor Wendy Larner

Professor Wendy Larner is a world-renowned social scientist. Prior to joining Cardiff University, Professor Larner held the position of Provost at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She has received multiple awards throughout her career including the highly esteemed UK Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Medal, recognising her exceptional contributions to research excellence. She has also received New Zealand’s Women of Influence Award for Innovation and Science, as well as the New Zealand Distinguished Geographer Medal.

Professor Larner is a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), the Royal Geographical Society, and the New Zealand Geographical Society. She is also a Principal Fellow of Advance HE. Notably, in 2018, Professor Larner assumed the role of President at the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Professor Larner officially commenced her tenure at Cardiff University on the 1st of September, 2023, succeeding Professor Colin Riordan after 11 years of service to the University. Professor Larner is marking a significant milestone in the University’s 140-year history as she becomes the first female to hold this position.

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