The YAE Interviews Project

The Young Academy of Europe (YAE) was awarded a grant from the Academia Europaea’s Hubert Curien New Initiatives Fund in May 2015 to conduct a series of video interviews with outstanding academics and researchers, the majority of whom are also members of the Academia Europaea (MAE). Phase I consisted of four interviews filmed in Barcelona between October and December 2015, as well as a further two filmed in Stockholm in December 2015. The interviews were conducted by members of the YAE, and the questions used at the interviews were collected through an open call for questions sent out to all YAE members. The initial response to this project from both AE and YAE members was enthusiastic. The first interviews were made in different relevant locations in Barcelona, with the support of the Barcelona Knowledge Hub of the Academia Europaea (AE-BKH). The whole project was coordinated by Dr. Lynn Kamerlin, YAE, University of Uppsala, and it was inspired by the International Dialogue Project, directed by late Prof. Anne Buttimer (1938‒2017), MAE, University College Dublin, and then Vice President of the AE. The project in Barcelona was coordinated by Prof. Ricard Guerrero, MAE, Academic Director of the AE-BKH, and filmed by Rubén Duro, Webmaster and Social Communication Manager of the AE-BKH.

The Barcelona interviewees consisted of:

  • Lourdes Beneria, economist, interviewed by Lynn Kamerlin, at the Library of Catalonia (formerly Hospìtal of the St. Cross, early 15th c.)
  • Genoveva Martí, MAE, philosopher, interviewed by Marcel Swart, at the Royal Chapel of St. Agatha (early 14th c.; Gothic Quartier)
  • Salvador Giner, MAE, sociologist, interviewed by Alexander Fidora, at the Institute for Catalan Studies (17th c.; formerly Convalescence House of the Hospìtal of the St. Cross)
  • Anne Buttimer, MAE, geographer, interviewed by Alexander Fidora, at the Cercle del Liceu (19th c.; next to the Barcelona Opera House)


The Stockholm interviewees consisted of:

  • Michael Levitt, FRS, 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, interviewed by Marcel Swart, at the Grand Hotel, Stockholm.
  • Sven Lidin, MAE, 2012‒2014 Chair of the Chemistry Nobel committee, interviewed by Lynn Kamerlin, at the Grand Hotel, Stockholm.

The motivation of this project was that as successful senior colleagues, the selected academics have a wealth of experience to share with the broader scientific community in general and young scientists in particular, and it is important to make their voices heard. These interviews will provide a valuable resource not just for academics today, but also for generations to come, and will be useful catalysts for transversal communication across disciplinary, national and generational divides, among different fields of scientists and policy makers.

Once the interviews were completed, the videos were made freely available online through the YAE “Young Academy of  Europe Videos” Video Channel on YouTube <>.


For more information, please contact Rubén Duro, Webmaster and Social Communication Manager of the AE-BKH (