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 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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Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?

Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?


On 11 October, an international audience of 150 people joined our panel of experts to discuss the impact that moving away from fossil fuels to new energy sources may have on our lives.

This online event was organised by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and Academia Europaea.

You’ll find an overview of the webinar and key points from the speakers below, together with a recording of the event for those who were unable to attend or would like to watch again.

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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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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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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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AE Cardiff launches new Briefing Series

AE Cardiff launches new Briefing Series



The first paper in the series, ‘Digital Media in crisis situations: Rethinking their role and function’, is available now.

The Briefing Series has been developed to complement AE Cardiff’s webinar series. Our first briefing paper summarises key themes and ideas discussed at our ‘Digital Media in crisis situations‘ webinar, held on 1st March 2021. A panel of experts discussed the role of the digital media on our public debate, attitudes and behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was a partnership between Academia Europaea, University of Bremen, Cardiff University, SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and in support of the Welsh Government’s Wales in Germany 2021 initiative.

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Webinar on research integrity: supporting early-career researchers in cases of alleged scientific misconduct

Webinar on research integrity: supporting early-career researchers in cases of alleged scientific misconduct


On 22nd March, the AE Cardiff Hub hosted an international webinar on the issue of scientific misconduct and support of early-career researchers in reporting such cases.  A joint event with the Young Academy of Europe, SAPEA and the European Group on Ethics (EGE), it attracted an audience of almost 200 from 33 countries.

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Digital media in crisis situations: rethinking their role and function

Digital media in crisis situations: rethinking their role and function


At this special online event held on Wales’ national day, St David’s Day, on 1st March 2021, our panellists discussed the role of the digital media on our public debate, attitudes and behaviour during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Over 100 joined the webinar from 23 countries across the world.

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World Academy of Art and Sciences celebrates its 60th anniversary

World Academy of Art and Sciences celebrates its 60th anniversary



Academia Europaea and the Cardiff Hub were delighted to support WAAS at its recent anniversary meeting, called ‘A Planetary Moment’, held on 15th-19th February. 

WAAS’s 60th anniversary meeting, held online, assembled a range of expert panels to discuss key issues such as sustainable development, the role of youth, leadership, and human security.  The approach to Academia Europaea to participate in the meeting came from Professor Thomas Reuter MAE, a WAAS Board Member.

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