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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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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Special interview with Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel laureate and this year’s winner of Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal

Special interview with Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel laureate and this year’s winner of Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal


For the 20th in our Interview Spotlight series, we were honoured to meet with world-renowned mathematician, physicist and Nobel laureate, Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS MAE, winner of Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal, 2021.

This interview took place following a very special award ceremony for Sir Roger at Wadham College, University of Oxford, on 24th September, at which Sir Roger was presented with the Erasmus Medal and gave the accompanying Erasmus Lecture. Professor Ole Petersen CBE FMedSci FLSW MAE ML FRS, Vice-President of the Academia Europaea, presented the medal on behalf of the AE President. The lecture was shown during the opening session of the Annual Meeting of the Academia on 20th October, 2021. The laudation was given by Astronomer Royal Professor Martin Rees, The Lord Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS, FREng, FMedSci, FBA (Hon) MAE.

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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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International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) welcomes Ole Petersen to their Fellowship

International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) welcomes Ole Petersen to their Fellowship


Vice President of Academia Europaea and Cardiff Hub Director, Professor Ole Petersen, has been elected Fellow of IUPS and become an inaugural member of the IUPS Academy of Physiology.




The Fellowship has acknowledged Professor Petersen’s sustained contributions to scholarship in physiology and his distinguished career. Professor Petersen was one of the 30 elected Fellows to IUPS. In addition to Professor Petersen, seven of the inaugural Fellows are also Members of Academia Europaea:

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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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