My passion to serve the research community: an interview with Academia Europaea’s new President, Professor Marja Makarow

My passion to serve the research community: an interview with Academia Europaea’s new President, Professor Marja Makarow



In her first interview since becoming President of Academia Europaea, Professor Marja Makarow tells us about her leadership roles and sets out some of her priorities for Academia Europaea.

About Professor Marja Makarow MAE

Professor Marja Makarow is a Molecular Cell Biologist. She has been Director of Biocenter Finland, Vice-President of the Finnish Research Council – Academy of Finland, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki and Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation. Professor Makarow advised the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation in the European Research Area Board, and the Finnish Government in the Council for Research and Innovation Policy. She is a Board member of the European Innovation Council and former member of the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology. She has served as President of the European Molecular Biology Conference and delegate of Finland in the council of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, and she established the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland. Professor Makarow was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2009. Her term as AE President commenced on 1st January 2022.

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Sincerest thanks and a fond farewell to Professor Sierd Cloetingh

Sincerest thanks and a fond farewell to Professor Sierd Cloetingh


AE Cardiff congratulates and thanks Professor Sierd Cloetingh who will complete his term as President of Academia Europaea on 31st December, having served the Academy for 7 years.  

To mark the end of his tremendous presidency, Professor Cloetingh delivered his Valedictory Presidential Lecture at the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest in a session chaired by the Hungarian Academy’s President, Professor Tamas Freund MAE. Members of the Academia Europaea Board of Trustees and distinguished guests were in attendance. The lecture was also followed online by many members of Academia Europaea.

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Academia Europaea welcomes Cardiff University’s President and Vice-Chancellor to its membership

Academia Europaea welcomes Cardiff University’s President and Vice-Chancellor to its membership


We’re delighted to announce that Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, has been elected to the Academia Europaea.

Professor Riordan has been elected as a Member of the Academia Europaea in recognition of his significant services to European scholarship and the Academy.  

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Cardiff Hub Manager receives AE President’s Merit Award

Cardiff Hub Manager receives AE President’s Merit Award


AE Cardiff’s Hub Manager, Louise Edwards, has received the President’s Merit Award in recognition of significant personal service to the Academia Europaea. 


Louise Edwards was awarded the prize by Professor Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea, in December 2021. The President’s Merit Award, a new award for the Academia Europaea, is a personal gift from the President. It recognises the service and contribution that an individual has made to support AE. Professor Cloetingh said,

“This is awarded as a mark of recognition for Louise’s wonderful and selfless service to the Academia over many years, and for making the difference to our role in the Scientific Advice Mechanism for the European Commission.”

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A life in science with Professor Ole Petersen

A life in science with Professor Ole Petersen


We were thrilled to interview Professor Ole Petersen, winner of Academia Europaea’s Gold Medal 2021 and the Cardiff Knowledge Hub’s Academic Director.

Professor Petersen spoke to us about the honour of receiving the Gold Medal, the current challenges he sees for science, and also shared personal reflections on his career.

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Academia Europaea’s Annual Members Conference, “Building Bridges” 2021

Academia Europaea’s Annual Members Conference, “Building Bridges” 2021


Over 300 members of Academia Europaea and the Young Academy of Europe attended the Annual Conference, hosted by the Academia Europaea Barcelona Knowledge Hub.

This year’s plenary conference took place on 20th – 21st October and delegates were able to attend either online or in person at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park. You’ll find key highlights from the event below.

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Professor Katalin Kariko MAE receives 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research

Professor Katalin Kariko MAE receives 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research



The Princess of Asturias Foundation has recognised Professor Kariko for her contribution to the development of COVID-19 vaccines.


Katalin Kariko received the award in Oviedo, Spain, on Friday 22nd October, with the Spanish royal family in attendance. She was one of seven Laureates in the ‘Technical and Scientific Research’ category for 2021 recognised for contributing to the development of some of the COVID-19 vaccines approved to date.

Hungarian biochemist Professor Katalin Kariko is Senior Vice President, BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her fields of scholarship include the therapeutic use of mRNA, mRNA-based antibody therapeutics, mRNA-based protein replacement therapy and mRNA vaccines. Professor Kariko’s research, together with immunologist Drew Weissman, led to the development of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Together, they have received several awards for their revolutionary research, including the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Professor Kariko was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2020.

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Professor Ole Petersen receives Academia Europaea’s Gold Medal in Barcelona

Professor Ole Petersen receives Academia Europaea’s Gold Medal in Barcelona


Professor Ole Petersen has received the Gold Medal for his contribution to the development of European science at Academia Europaea’s Annual Conference.

Professor Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea, presented the Gold Medal to Professor Petersen in Barcelona on 20th October, thanking him for his service to the Academy over many decades.

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2021 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to three members of Academia Europaea

2021 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to three members of Academia Europaea


Our congratulations to Professor Syukuro Manabe MAE, Professor Klaus Hasselmann MAE, and Professor Giorgio Parisi MAE, who are among this year’s Nobel Prize winners.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 “for ground-breaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems”.

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Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot

Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot


Nature Medicine, a top research journal devoted to publishing the latest advances in translational and clinical research for scientists and physicians, has published an article by Professor Péter Hegyi MAE and colleagues.

The article titled ‘Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot’ explores the need for improvement in implementing scientific results in healthcare. In the article, Hegyi, P., Erőss, B., Izbéki, F. et al. introduce a new Translational Medicine (TM) model that facilitates and accelerates the application of scientific knowledge for community benefit.

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