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As hosts of the 32nd Annual Conference of Academia Europaea (AE), Building Bridges 2021, the Barcelona Knowledge Hub of AE (AE-BKH) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the event, which will feature a hybrid format of both virtual and in-person activities in Barcelona.

The plenary programme (20-21 October), which can be attended either in-person at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) or on-line via Zoom, highlights renowned international scholars, including: Roger Penrose (2020 Erasmus Medal winner and recent Nobel Laureate – mathematics and physics); Quentin Skinner (Balzan Prize winner – social and European history); Don Dingwell (Munich Knowledge Hub Academic Director, Hon. Vice-President and trustee – Volcanology); Ole Petersen (AE Hon. Vice-President, Cardiff Knowledge Hub Director and AE Gold Award recipient – physiology); Susan Trumbore (Balzan prize winner – carbon cycling in plants and soils), and Mara Dierssen (Barcelona – cognition, behaviour and health). In addition, the plenary programme will include a Young Academy of Europe (YAE) panel debate and the presentation of the YAE 2021 Andre Mischke Prize to Marian Verhelst. Also, Marja Makarow, currently President-Elect of AE, will assume the presidency during the conference, while AE thanks outgoing President Sierd Cloetingh for his many years of service.

Class meetings, for their part, will be held exclusively online, on the following dates: Class A1-Humanities and Class A2-Social and Related Sciences will hold a joint virtual meeting on 14 October; Class B-Exact Sciences will hold its meeting on 15 October; and finally, Class C-Life Sciences will hold its meeting on 18 October. These sessions, organized by Class Chairs along with their respective Section committees, require advance registration, which must be completed at the same time as registration for the plenary programme. AE Members are encouraged to also register for one or more of these Class meetings (not just their own corresponding Class’ meeting), in addition to the plenary programme. Class meetings will also feature an outstanding keynote speaker(s) and, in addition, will welcome new Members of AE elected in 2020 and invite them to make short presentations.

Finally, those attending the plenary programme on-site in Barcelona are welcome to sign up for one or both of the optional social activities: the President’s Dinner (20 October), and the post-conference field trip to Tarragona (22 October). More information on these activities will be posted on the conference website soon.

We hope to see you at Building Bridges 2021.

Please, click on the logo above or on this link (http://www.buildingbridges-acadeuro.org/) to gain access to the Building Bridges 2021 website.