Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Nancy Cartwright MAE

Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Nancy Cartwright MAE


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.

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Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Helga Nowotny MAE

Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Helga Nowotny MAE


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.

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Celebrating physiology: an interview with David Paterson MAE

Celebrating physiology: an interview with David Paterson MAE


David Paterson, current President of the Physiological Society, was in Cardiff on 29th September to mark the life and work of neurophysiologist Thomas Graham Brown FRS (1882-1965).

About David Paterson MAE

David Paterson MAE is a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford at the University of Oxford. He is Head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. Professor Paterson was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Physiology from 2011 to 2016 and Consulting Editor for Physiology from 2016 to 2021He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2003) an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of New Zealand (2014) and a Fellow of the American Physiological Society (2019). He was elected as a member of The Academia Europaea in 2021. Professor Paterson is President of The Physiological Society which held its latest roadshow in Cardiff on 29th September.  

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Music as a strategic issue of Ukrainian independence: an interview with Lyubov Kyyanovska MAE

Music as a strategic issue of Ukrainian independence: an interview with Lyubov Kyyanovska MAE


Newly-elected MAE Luba Kyyanovska discusses her life as a musicologist, from her early studies in L’viv to life beyond the fall of the Iron Curtain.

About Professor Lyubov Kyyanovska MAE

Lyubov Kyyanovska is a Ukrainian musicologist and a Professor at the National Music Academy in Lysenko, L’viv. She was awarded the Mykola Lysenko Prize in 2006, named Honoured Artist of Ukraine in 2009 and Honoured Artist of Polish Culture in 2010.

She is a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine and was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2022.

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Life as a Ukrainian scientist: an interview with Yaroslav Shuba MAE

Life as a Ukrainian scientist: an interview with Yaroslav Shuba MAE


In this important interview, newly-elected MAE Yaroslav Shuba charts his life as a scientist, from the Soviet era to independent Ukraine.

About Professor Yaroslav Shuba MAE

Professor Yaroslav Shuba, is a physiologist from Ukraine working in the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology (BIPh) in the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) in Kyiv. He is Head of the Department of Neuromuscular Physiology.

Professor Shuba was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2021 and to the Academia Europaea in 2022. He has been listed as a noteworthy physiologist by Marquis Who’s Who.

In 2003, Professor Shuba was awarded the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of Sciences and Technologies and in 2010, he received the Honour of excellence from the Ukrainian Parliament. In 2013, he won the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine’s ‘P.G. Kostyuk Prize’ in Physiology, Biophysics and Neurophysiology.

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Dedicating my next 20 years to climate change: An interview with Sir David King FRS MAE

Dedicating my next 20 years to climate change: An interview with Sir David King FRS MAE


AAAS Award winner and former UK Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King, shares his ambitious plans to tackle the global challenge of climate change.

About Sir David King FRS MAE

Professor Sir David King FRS MAE is a South African-born British chemist, Emeritus Professor and head of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group. He is the founder and Chair for the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge.

Sir David was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and Head of the Government Office for Science from 2000 to 2007 under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. During this time, he raised public awareness of climate change. From 2013 to 2017, he served under Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May as the UK’s Climate Envoy. In May 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sir David formed and led Independent SAGE, an expert group providing science advice.

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The rewards and challenges of working in mental health: an interview with Professor Karina Lovell

The rewards and challenges of working in mental health: an interview with Professor Karina Lovell


Professor Karina Lovell shares insights into her career and research in the mental health sector.

About Professor Karina Lovell MAE

Professor Karina Lovell MAE is Professor of Mental Health in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, UK. She served two terms as an NIHR senior Investigator and is now Emeritus. She was the Director of Research at the University’s School of Health Sciences until 2021. Professor Lovell has received several awards throughout her career, including a number of awards for patient and public involvement and engagement. She is past president of the BABCP, a fellow of EAN and a patron of Anxiety UK.

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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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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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