Cardiff maps EU policy landscape for major new energy report

Cardiff maps EU policy landscape for major new energy report


A team at Cardiff University has mapped the European policy landscape for the latest SAPEA Evidence Review Report on energy transition.

On 29th June 2021, the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism published two major documents on a systemic approach to the energy transition in Europe.

The Evidence Review Report from SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) presents the latest scientific evidence on this topic, together with a series of evidence-based policy options, while the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors’ Scientific Opinion, informed by this evidence, presents key policy recommendations.

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Celebrating five years of the Academia Europaea in Cardiff

Celebrating five years of the Academia Europaea in Cardiff


We are delighted to be marking our 5th anniversary and this week we are celebrating this important milestone.

It has been 5 years since the AE Cardiff Hub was officially launched at the Academia Europaea Annual Meeting in 2016. In celebration of our 5th anniversary, we are pleased to share with you a special brochure which provides an overview of our achievements and activities over the last 5 years – the projects we’ve led, international events that we’ve organised, and key partners we’ve worked with.

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A special collective spirit: Reflections on my time as President of Academia Europaea by Professor Sierd Cloetingh

A special collective spirit: Reflections on my time as President of Academia Europaea by Professor Sierd Cloetingh


To mark our 5th anniversary, we are delighted to interview Professor Sierd Cloetingh who shares highlights from his role as President of Academia Europaea and reflects on the impact of the Academy’s work.

Professor Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea, welcomes the delegates

About Professor Sierd Cloetingh MAE

Sierd Cloetingh is a Distinguished Professor at Utrecht University. He was elected President of Academia Europaea in July 2014.

Professor Cloetingh was a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council from 2009-2015 and Vice-President from 2014-2015. He served as President of the Association for European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) from 2017-2019.

Professor Cloetingh is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, the Heidelberg Academy, the Bavarian Academy and the German Academy for Technical Sciences, acatech. He is also an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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Briefing Series: new paper published on biodegradable plastics

Briefing Series: new paper published on biodegradable plastics


The third paper in our Briefing Series, ‘Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?’ is available now

This briefing paper summarises key themes and ideas discussed at our ‘Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?’ webinar, held on 21st May 2021. This briefing paper presents the views expressed by our panellists who were members of the SAPEA Working Group and other experts.

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EU policy on biodegradable plastics: experts, policymakers and other stakeholders discuss the issues

EU policy on biodegradable plastics: experts, policymakers and other stakeholders discuss the issues


This webinar brought together EU policymakers and stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges in developing a policy framework for biodegradable plastics. Held on 16th June 2021, it was attended by 300 people.

The event was hosted by Mohammed Chahim MEP, Co-chair of the Circular Economy Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. It is part of a series of events drawing on the SAPEA Evidence Review Report Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment and the associated Scientific Opinion by the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

An overview of the webinar discussions is provided below.

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Marian Verhelst wins André Mischke YAE Prize 2021

Marian Verhelst wins André Mischke YAE Prize 2021


The Young Academy of Europe has announced that the André Mischke YAE Prize 2021 has been awarded to Professor Marian Verhelst





About Professor Marian Verhelst

Professor Verhelst is head of a research team at the MICAS laboratories (MICro-electronics And Sensors) at KU Leuven, Belgium. Her area of expertise includes microelectronics and chip design.

Professor Verhelst has been recognised for her international academic research, scientific outreach and policymaking. She will collect her award and deliver the André Mischke YAE Prize lecture at the joint annual AE /YAE meeting in Barcelona in October.

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Sir Roger Penrose awarded Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal for 2021

Sir Roger Penrose awarded Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal for 2021


Academia Europaea has awarded its Erasmus Medal to internationally renowned mathematician and physicist and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Oxford University, Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS MAE

About the Erasmus Medal

The Erasmus Medal is awarded to a scholar who has maintained, over a sustained period, the highest level of international scholarship. The medallist is invited to give the annual Erasmus Lecture during the opening session of the Annual Meeting of the Academia. Sir Roger will give his (virtual) Erasmus Lecture, sponsored by Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung, on Thursday 21st October, 2021. The laudation will be given by Astronomer Royal Professor Martin Rees, The Lord Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS, FREng, FMedSci, FBA (Hon).

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Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?

Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?


A lively discussion took place at our webinar on 21st May 2021, as a panel of experts shared their ideas on biodegradable plastics and how to engage with consumers and society. Over 200 people joined the online event from 37 countries around the world.

The webinar was organised by SAPEA, in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, as part of a series of events drawing on the Evidence Review Report ‘Biodegradable plastics in the open environment’ and the associated Scientific Opinion by the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

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Professor Dianne Edwards MAE wins Frances Hoggan Medal 2021

Professor Dianne Edwards MAE wins Frances Hoggan Medal 2021


The Learned Society of Wales has announced that Professor Dianne Edwards MAE, highly respected member of AE Cardiff’s Steering Group, has won the Frances Hoggan Medal 2021

On 19th May, the Learned Society of Wales announced six new medallists in recognition of outstanding research and scholarship in Wales. Among those listed, Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS MAE FLSW, Distinguished Research Professor in Palaeobotany at Cardiff University, has been awarded this year’s Frances Hoggan Medal which celebrates outstanding research by women in STEMM subjects. Professor Edwards has been awarded “for her research into plant species, including those that existed over 400m years ago.”

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Briefing Series: new paper published on Research Integrity

Briefing Series: new paper published on Research Integrity



The second paper in our Briefing Series, ‘Research integrity: how can we support and protect early-career researchers in cases of alleged scientific misconduct?’ is available now

This briefing paper summarises key themes and ideas discussed at our ‘Research Integrity: supporting early-career researchers in cases of alleged scientific misconduct’ webinar, held on 22nd March 2021.

At the webinar, our panel of experts explored what happens when an early-career researcher observes a more senior colleague apparently engaging in possible malpractice and what processes are in place to address potential problems and protect those involved. The backdrop to the discussion was a paper by four of the panellists, outlining one possible mechanism for investigating reported cases of possible misconduct.

This event was a partnership between the Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub, the Young Academy of Europe (YAE), SAPEA and the European Group on Ethics (EGE).

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