Winner of the Hypatia Prize, Nancy Cartwright tells us about her recent work and the role philosophy can play in facing present-day challenges.
About Nancy Cartwright MAE
Nancy Cartwright, Lady Hampshire, is a distinguished and influential contemporary philosopher of science and professor at Durham University (UK) and the University of California at San Diego. She served as the President of the Philosophy of Science Association from 2009-2010. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She was elected to AE in 2018. Her research focuses on objectivity and evidence and evidence-based policy.
In February 2022, the AE Barcelona Knowledge Hub announced Nancy Cartwright winner of their Hypatia European Science Prize for her outstanding contributions to philosophical research. The award ceremony was held and hosted by the Barcelona City Council,in collaboration with the Academia Europaea Barcelona Knowledge Hub.
Sierd Cloetingh is the recipient of the 2022 Gold Award. He gives us his reaction and tells us about some of his recent activities on behalf of AE.
About Sierd Cloetingh MAE
Professor Sierd Cloetingh is the 2022 winner of Academia Europaea’s prestigious Gold Medal award. A Distinguished Professor at Utrecht University, he was President of Academia Europaea from 2014 – 2021. He 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 Academy of Arts and Sciences of Barcelona, 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.
Philippe Aghion has received the Erasmus medal and delivered the accompanying AE-Heinz-Nixdorf Erasmus Lecture. In our interview with Professor Aghion, he tells us about his work on growth and innovation.
About Philippe Aghion MAE
Philippe Aghion is a professor at leading institutions in business and economics, including the Collège de France, at the London School of Economics, and the INSEAD Business School, and also an invited professor at the Paris School of Economics. His research on the economics of growth and contract theory is considered ground-breaking. With Peter Howitt, he pioneered the so-called Schumpeterian Growth paradigm, later extending it to analyse the design of growth policies and the role of the state in the growth process. International honours include the Yrjo Jahnsson Award for the best European economist under age 45 (2001), the John Von Neumann Award (2009), and the BBVA “Frontier of Knowledge Award” (2020), which he shared with Peter Howitt for “developing an economic growth theory based on the innovation that emerges from the process of creative destruction.” He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2015. He was elected to AE in 2016.
Fresh from chairing a session on the ‘Frontiers of Science’, Professor Heldin shares his views on the role of science in addressing global challenges, and his work with the Nobel Foundation.
About Carl-Henrik HeldinMAE
Carl-Henrik Heldin has been a Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Uppsala University, since 1992. He is currently the Chair of the Board for the Nobel Foundation. Previous positions include Vice-President of the European Research Council, Chair of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and Chair of the Science for Life Laboratory. Professor Heldin’s research interest is related to the mechanisms of signal transduction by growth regulatory factors, as well as their normal function and role in disease.
In this joint interview, Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Helga Nowotny discuss a range of topics, including innovation, interdisciplinary research, public and policy engagement, and the impacts of technology.
About Shankar Balasubramanian
Sir Shankar Balasubramanian is the Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and senior group leader at the Cambridge Institute. He works on the chemistry, structure and function of nucleic acids, spanning fundamental chemistry and its application to the biological and medical sciences. Sir Shankar was knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2017 for his services to science and medicine, and awarded the Royal Society’s Royal Medal in 2018. In 2021, he was awarded the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize (jointly with David Klenerman), and the 2022 Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences (jointly with David Klenerman and Pascal Mayer) for their work on sequencing technologies.
About Helga Nowotny MAE
Helga Nowotny MAE is Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich, founding member and former President of the European Research Council. She has held teaching and research positions at universities and research institutions in several European countries, and continues to be actively engaged in research and innovation policy at a European and international level. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Falling Walls Foundation, Berlin; Vice-President of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings; a member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her latest publication, In AI we Trust: Power, Illusion and Control of Predictive Algorithms was published by Polity Press in 2021.
Moniek Tromp is the new Chair of the Young Academy of Europe. In this first interview since becoming Chair, she tells us about her ambitions and priorities for the YAE.
About Moniek Tromp
Professor Moniek Tromp is the new Chair of the Young Academy of Europe. She is Chair of Materials Chemistry at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and throughout her career, has been awarded prestigious fellowships/awards such as the EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, NWO VIDI and the NWO Athena prize. She is active in numerous science advisory and a strong advocate for gender equality in the R&D community.