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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Members of Academia Europaea honoured for their achievements

Members of Academia Europaea honoured for their achievements


The outstanding achievements of four members of Academia Europaea have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for 2021.

From left to right: Professor Jane Alison Glover MAE, Professor Rachel Susan Griffith MAE, Professor Wendy Anne Bickmore MAE and Professor Francesca Gabrielle Happé MAE

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Academia Europaea launches new Hub in Budapest

Academia Europaea launches new Hub in Budapest



The new AE Budapest Knowledge Hub is the latest addition to AE’s growing number of hubs joining Barcelona, Bergen, Cardiff, Tbilisi and Wroclaw. The new Hub is situated in the prestigious Hungarian Academy of Sciences building.

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences building (Photo: MTA)

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Academia Europaea announces election of its new President

Academia Europaea announces election of its new President



The Academy’s Board of Trustees has announced that Professor Marja Makarow has been confirmed as the next President of Academia Europaea, taking over the post from Professor Sierd Cloetingh in October 2021.




Professor Marja Makarow will be the seventh President since AE was established in 1988, and the Academy’s first female President. Professor Makarow will take up the role of President-elect in December 2020 and will then assume the Presidency in October 2021. 

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Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to 2 MAEs for work to understand black holes

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to 2 MAEs for work to understand black holes



Members of Academia Europaea, Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS MAE and Professor Reinhard Genzel FRS MAE are among this year’s Nobel Prize winners.


Sir Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford was awarded “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”. Professor Reinhard Genzel from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and Professor Andrea Ghez from the University of California were jointly awarded “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”

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Three members of Academia Europaea awarded for distinction in their field

Three members of Academia Europaea awarded for distinction in their field



September has seen three members of the Academia Europaea awarded for excellence in their field. The Royal Society’s Copley Medal 2020 has been awarded to Sir Alan Fersht, the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics to Sir Martin Hairer and the 2020 Balzan Prize to Jean-Marie Tarascon.

From left to right: Sir Alan Fersht, Sir Martin Hairer and Jean-Marie Tarascon

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Professor Valerie O’Donnell elected member of Academia Europaea

Professor Valerie O’Donnell elected member of Academia Europaea



Val O’Donnell from Cardiff University School of Medicine has been elected in recognition of her academic excellence 


Academia Europaea has announced that 361 international scholars have been elected for membership.  Valerie O’Donnell is among those receiving the distinction. 


About Valerie O’Donnell

Professor Val O’Donnell is co-director of the Systems Immunity Research InstituteSchool of Medicine at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on discovery and characterisation of inflammatory bioactive lipids involved in cardiovascular disease, dementia and wound healing. 

Val O’Donnell is an editor of the open access journal FUNCTION. Her review into the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission in the early stages of infection was the first paper published by the journal. She has recently been awarded Fellowship of The Academy of Medical Sciences.

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President of Academia Europaea unveils plans for two more Regional Knowledge Hubs

President of Academia Europaea unveils plans for two more Regional Knowledge Hubs



President of Academia Europaea, Professor Sierd Cloetingh, has announced exciting plans to open two more Knowledge Hubs in Budapest and Munich

The new Hubs will take the total to 7 for Academia Europaea. In addition to the headquarters in London and an information centre in Graz, AE currently has a network of 5 Hubs in Barcelona, Bergen, Cardiff, Tbilisi and Wroclaw.

Professor Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea, opening the event
Professor Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea

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