Academia Europaea deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen

Academia Europaea deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen


AE Cardiff Hub Director, Professor Ole Petersen CBE MAE FRS, pays tribute following the sad news of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

The Director of the AE Cardiff Hub, Professor Ole Petersen CBE MAE FRS, who received his CBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2008, said:

“Throughout her extraordinarily long reign, Queen Elizabeth represented with the utmost dignity and skill the ‘Great’ in Great Britain. The image of Queen Elizabeth was instantly recognised by everyone in the world and every British citizen, including all scientists, benefitted from the universal appreciation of our Queen.

I experienced this directly when I gave a series of lectures in China in 2019. Every poster announcing one of my lectures contained a picture of me with the Queen, which the organisers had found on the internet. No other introduction could have been so valuable.

The passing of Queen Elizabeth represents an immense and irreplaceable loss for all of us.”  

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Academia Europaea welcomes a new member in Wales

Academia Europaea welcomes a new member in Wales


Professor Ronan Lyons of Swansea University is among the newly elected scholars for 2022.

In 2022, 470 international scholars have been elected to the Academia Europaea, following a rigorous selection process. AE Cardiff is delighted that Professor Ronan Lyons, Clinical Professor of Public Health at Swansea University, is among those receiving the distinction and is joining the growing number of MAEs in Wales.  

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AE members among Royal Society medal and award winners

AE members among Royal Society medal and award winners


On 24th August, the Royal Society announced its medal and award winners for 2022. Among them, five MAEs were recognised for their achievements.

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS MAE was awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture “for playing a central role in two of the most important discoveries regarding the nature and perception of plant hormones, and for her contributions to gender equality in science.” Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser is the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge.

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Music as a strategic issue of Ukrainian independence: an interview with Lyubov Kyyanovska MAE

Music as a strategic issue of Ukrainian independence: an interview with Lyubov Kyyanovska MAE


Newly-elected MAE Luba Kyyanovska discusses her life as a musicologist, from her early studies in L’viv to life beyond the fall of the Iron Curtain.

About Professor Lyubov Kyyanovska MAE

Lyubov Kyyanovska is a Ukrainian musicologist and a Professor at the National Music Academy in Lysenko, Lviv. She was awarded the Mykola Lysenko Prize in 2006, named Honoured Artist of Ukraine in 2009 and Honoured Artist of Polish Culture in 2010.

She is a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine and was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2022.

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Our Summer Newsletter is out now

Our Summer Newsletter is out now


Read about our recent activities and latest developments in the Hub’s Summer 2022 Newsletter.

In this Summer edition, we feature an interview with Yaroslav Shuba MAE, who charts his life as a scientist in Ukraine and comments on the current war situation. AE Cardiff celebrates our Hub Director, Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, receiving the 2022 Palade Prize in Kyoto, Japan. We also share the latest developments from the CALIPER project, linking research and innovation to gender equality, and funded by a European Commission grant to the Cardiff Hub. 

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Building Bridges 2022

Building Bridges 2022


The 33rd Annual Conference of Academia Europaea (AE) and 11th of the Young Academy of Europe will take place 26-27 October 2022 in Barcelona Biomedical Research Park.

At the conference, two major awards of Academia Europaea will be presented to two outstanding members of the Academy. Professor Sierd Cloetingh, former President of Academia Europaea, will receive the Academia Europaea’s Gold Medal (Laudator: Dr Robert-Jan Smits) and the internationally renowned Economics scholar, Professor Philippe Aghion, will be awarded the Erasmus Medal.

More details about the programme and registration is available here.


Updated 29th July 2022. For further information please contact AECardiffHub@cardiff.ac.uk


ESOF2022 session: The Chair: Fact or Fiction? Addressing the challenges faced by women leaders in academia

ESOF2022 session: The Chair: Fact or Fiction? Addressing the challenges faced by women leaders in academia


We were delighted to be a part of this year’s EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) conference, the largest biennial interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe.

AE Cardiff, together with CALIPER and the Young Academy of Europe, held a webinar on 16th July as part of ESOF2022. The session addressed challenges faced by women leaders in academia, using the Netflix comedy-drama, The Chair as a backdrop to the discussion.

The webinar began with real-life experiences of Professor Mangala Srinivas of Wageningen University. Professor Srinivas covered a diverse range of issues on gender equality, including the concern of not having a permanent contract, challenges associated with being an expat and the problems of lack of career recognition.

Dr Susanne Täuber, Associate Professor & Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen, gave the keynote talk in which she highlighted the gap between gender equality policy and practice within the academic sector, and why this gap exists.

Dr Sara Aguirre-Sánchez-Beato of Université Libre de Bruxelles and Marcelo Mora of IRB Barcelona, highlighted two active examples of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs). The GEPs were developed within the context of CALIPER, a European-funded project on gender equality in STEM fields, aiming at achieving structural changes in the research and innovation sector.

The webinar was expertly chaired by Dr Gemma Modinos, who represented the Young Academy of Europe. 

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