Cardiff Hub joins European project to improve gender equality in research

Cardiff Hub joins European project to improve gender equality in research


The AE Cardiff Hub has joined the Horizon 2020-funded CALIPER project, as part of a consortium of organisations that aim to address gender equality within research and innovation in Europe.

The CALIPER project’s goal is to make research organisations more gender equal by increasing the number of female researchers in STEM, improving their careers prospects and integrating a gender dimension in research.

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My passion to serve the research community: an interview with Academia Europaea’s new President, Professor Marja Makarow

My passion to serve the research community: an interview with Academia Europaea’s new President, Professor Marja Makarow



In her first interview since becoming President of Academia Europaea, Professor Marja Makarow tells us about her leadership roles and sets out some of her priorities for Academia Europaea.

About Professor Marja Makarow MAE

Professor Marja Makarow is a Molecular Cell Biologist. She has been Director of Biocenter Finland, Vice-President of the Finnish Research Council – Academy of Finland, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki and Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation. Professor Makarow advised the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation in the European Research Area Board, and the Finnish Government in the Council for Research and Innovation Policy. She is a Board member of the European Innovation Council and former member of the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology. She has served as President of the European Molecular Biology Conference and delegate of Finland in the council of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, and she established the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland. Professor Makarow was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2009. Her term as AE President commenced on 1st January 2022.

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Marian Verhelst wins André Mischke YAE Prize 2021

Marian Verhelst wins André Mischke YAE Prize 2021


The Young Academy of Europe has announced that the André Mischke YAE Prize 2021 has been awarded to Professor Marian Verhelst





About Professor Marian Verhelst

Professor Verhelst is head of a research team at the MICAS laboratories (MICro-electronics And Sensors) at KU Leuven, Belgium. Her area of expertise includes microelectronics and chip design.

Professor Verhelst has been recognised for her international academic research, scientific outreach and policymaking. She will collect her award and deliver the André Mischke YAE Prize lecture at the joint annual AE /YAE meeting in Barcelona in October.

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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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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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Gemma Modinos appointed Chair of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) Board

Gemma Modinos appointed Chair of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) Board



At the virtual 2020 annual general meeting, YAE members elected Dr Gemma Modinos as the new Chair of the Board


On becoming Chair of the YAE Board she said:

It was a great honour for me to be elected Chair of the Young Academy of Europe, an organisation that I am passionate about. I am grateful to the previous Chairs for the opportunity to learn from them during my first two years on the Board. As young scholars prepare for the complex post-COVID world, my vision is to lead the YAE and to use its trans-disciplinary strengths and excellence to solve challenges we face in Europe. As a grassroots initiative, I truly believe in the YAE’s power to bring about change, as a platform for young scholars to build support, to explore and debate new ideas, and to have a clear voice in European science policy. I am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues in the YAE community to further enhance the YAE’s role and influence. I am also very excited about strengthening our partnership with Academia Europaea and the wonderful opportunities that this will bring for both organisations, as well as for the wider European research community.”

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The Future of Research: Assessing the impact of Plan S

The Future of Research: Assessing the impact of Plan S

Plan S requires publications funded by public grants to be published in Open Access journals or platforms from 2021. An international symposium, organised by the AE Cardiff Hub with KU Leuven Libraries, assesses the impact of Plan S on researchers, research-intensive institutions, societies and publishers.

Dr Matthew DiFranco during the open discussions

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Interview spotlight: Dr Mangala Srinivas, Chair of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE)

Interview spotlight: Dr Mangala Srinivas, Chair of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE)

This month we talk to Chair of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) Dr Mangala Srinivas. Dr Srinivas, of Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands,  discusses the impact of being awarded an ERC Starting Grant, her role as the Chair of the Young Academy of Europe and why the YAE became involved in the debate on Plan S.

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