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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Looking through the lens of good science, by Professor David Allison MAE

Looking through the lens of good science, by Professor David Allison MAE


We were so pleased to interview Professor David Allison of Indiana University, expert in nutrition and obesity, about his passion for scientific rigour and evidence-informed policymaking.

About Professor David Allison MAE

David Allison MAE is Dean, Distinguished Professor, and Provost Professor in the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University. His fields of scholarship include nutrition, obesity, behavioural medicine and medical psychology. He has authored over 500 scientific publications and received many awards, including the 2002 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society.

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Call for nominations for the Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize

Call for nominations for the Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize


The current edition of the Hypatia Prize will recognise a research career in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the call for nominations is open until 30th September 2021.

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The Prize recognises an outstanding researcher who has achieved a career of excellence at the highest international level and has made a significant contribution toward different fields of knowledge, as well as a positive impact on society.

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Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot

Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot


Nature Medicine, a top research journal devoted to publishing the latest advances in translational and clinical research for scientists and physicians, has published an article by Professor Péter Hegyi MAE and colleagues.

The article titled ‘Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot’ explores the need for improvement in implementing scientific results in healthcare. In the article, Hegyi, P., Erőss, B., Izbéki, F. et al. introduce a new Translational Medicine (TM) model that facilitates and accelerates the application of scientific knowledge for community benefit.

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Ten MAEs elected to the British Academy

Ten MAEs elected to the British Academy


The British Academy has announced that 84 new Fellows have been elected to their Fellowship, including ten members of Academia Europaea.

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The new Fellows have been recognised for “their outstanding contributions to the SHAPE subjects – the social sciences, humanities and the arts.”

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Academia Europaea welcomes two new members in Wales

Academia Europaea welcomes two new members in Wales


Professor Simon Arnett Jones of Cardiff University and Professor Guo-Ping Liu of the University of South Wales are among the newly elected scholars for 2021.

Academia Europaea’s Board of Trustees has announced that 366 international scholars have been elected to the membership, following a rigorous peer review process. AE Cardiff is delighted that Professor Simon Arnett Jones of Cardiff University and Professor Guo-Ping Liu of the University of South Wales, are joining the growing number of MAEs in Wales.  

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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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