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 Sierd Cloetingh MAE

Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Sierd Cloetingh MAE


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.

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Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Philippe Aghion MAE

Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Philippe Aghion MAE


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.

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Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Carl-Henrik Heldin MAE

Building Bridges 2022 Spotlight Series: an interview with Carl-Henrik Heldin MAE


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 Heldin MAE

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.

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In Memoriam: Tullio Pozzan (1949 – 2022)

In Memoriam: Tullio Pozzan (1949 – 2022)


Tullio Pozzan MAE, widely regarded as the ‘King of Calcium Signaling’, passed away on Saturday 15th October after a relatively short but serious illness. He was internationally recognised as one of the most eminent biologists of his generation. He was elected into numerous academies, including Academia Europaea (1998), the Academia dei Lincei (2001), the US National Academy of Sciences (2006) and the Royal Society (2018).

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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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