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Plenary Programme

Latest update: October 10th

BUILDING BRIDGES 2022: 33rd Annual Conference of Academia Europaea
Co-organised with the Barcelona Knowledge Hub of Academia Europaea and the Young Academy of Europe (YAE)

Class meetings and plenary conference will be held at the Auditorium of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Doctor Aiguader 88, 08003 Barcelona. GOOGLE MAPS




09:30 – 16:30  Class C-Life Sciences conference + welcome to new members elected in 2021 and 2022.


17:00 – 19:30  Closed Board meeting at the Institute for Catalan Studies (IEC)

 Advisory Group meeting to be included

Board dinner to follow at local restaurant l’Antic Forn (Pintor Fortuny, 28. 08001 Barcelona)




08:15  Check-in for Class meeting participants at registration desk at PRBB

09:00 – 10:30  Class meetings held in parallel (A1, A2 and B)

10:30 – 11:00  Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30  Continuation of Class meetings

12:30  Check-in for conference participants not attending Class meetings, at registration desk at PRBB

Sandwiches and finger food on PRBB terrace

13:30 – 13:45  Opening of plenary conference “Building Bridges” 2022 at the PRBB

Marja Makarow, President of Academia Europaea
Ricard Guerrero, Director of the Barcelona Knowledge Hub
Moniek Tromp, Chair of the Young Academy of Europe

13:45 – 16:15  Debate sessions on hot topics in science policy

Rapporteur: Nisha Gaind, Nature magazine

13.45 – 14.35 Session 1 (40 min for panel + 10 min for questions). Science policy for the future

Robert-Jan Smits (Chair), Eindhoven University of Technology
The European perspective
Andreu Mas-Colell, Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology
Interplay between regional and European policies
Moniek Tromp, Young Academy of Europe and University of Groningen
Next-generation science policy

14.35 – 15.30 Session 2 (45 min for panel + 10 min for questions). Towards an inclusive and representative academic landscape

                                       The panel will focus on discussing systemic actions for improving demographic, geographic, and ethnographic diversity at research and educational institutions, and identify best                                               practices for an inclusive and representative academic landscape across Europe.

Linn Leppert (Chair), Young Academy of Europe and University of Twente
Steven Curry, Imperial College London
Practical steps toward diversity and inclusion in academia
Yvonne Galligan, Dublin Institute of Technology
Shaping gender equality in academia
Katalin Solymosi, Young Academy of Europe and ELTE Eötvös Loránd University
Diversity and inclusion in EU13 countries

15.30 – 16.15 Session 3 (35 min for panel + 10 min for questions). Asking more from research: Scientific and scholarly research results are a public good to be benefitted by society

Marja Makarow (Chair), Academia Europaea and University of Helsinki
Shankar Balasubramanian, University of Cambridge
Fast track DNA sequencing for vaccine development and cancer therapy
Helga Nowotny, Vienna Science and Technology Fund
Social innovations

16:15 – 17:00  Coffee break

17:00 – 18:30  Welcome Ceremony. New members elected in 2021 Class A1, Class A2 and Class B only.

Coordinator: Genoveva Martí
Master of ceremonies: Donald B. Dingwell

      Musical introduction, by Dani Jané, Barcelona, Spanish guitar

      Improvisation / Calm / Milonga / Gipsy lament

18:30  Glass of cava, and refreshment

20:30  President’s Dinner (Hotel Casa Fuster, Passeig de Gràcia, 132. 08008 Barcelona)





09:00 – 11:00  Annual Business Meeting for AE Members 

11.15 – 12:15  Debate sessions on hot topics in science continued

Session 4: Environment and sustainability

                        What can and should be the roles and responsibilities of Academia Europaea in the current environmental and climate crisis?

Poul Holm  (Chair), Professor of Enviromental History, Trinity College Dublin

Verena Winiwarter, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Comission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies

Environment and sustainability – Current Situation and Possible Future Directions of the Academia Europaea

Peter Wagner, ICREA (Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies), University of Barcelona and University of Central Asia

Climate change and the politics of the Great Acceleration

Jane K. Hill, University of York, UK

Environment and sustainability – involvement of Academia Europaea in research challenges and opportunities

12:15 – 13:00  Lunch break

13:00 – 14:30 Session 5. Frontiers of science: what’s around the corner?

13.00 – 13.05 Carl-Henrik Heldin (Chair), Nobel Foundation

13.05 – 13.15 Laudatio and presentation of the Erasmus Medal to Philippe Aghion by Andreu Mas-Colell

13.15 – 13.40 Philippe Aghion, College de France, INSEAD, and London School of Economics. Academia Europaea Erasmus Medal 2021. The promise of the creative destruction paradigm

13.40 – 14.05 Kirsten Drotner, University of Southern Denmark. Frontiers of science: which frontiers? Which science? 

14.05 – 14.30 Jean-Marie Tarascon, College de France. Smarter batteries via the help of sensing and self-healing functionalities

14:30 – 15:00  Coffee break

15.00 – 15.10 Laudatio and presentation of the 2022 André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy by Gemma Modinos, Outgoing Chair of the Young Academy of Europe

15.10 – 15.35 Gergely Toldi, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Hungarian Young Academy and Academia Europaea Budapest Knowledge Hub

                     Young Academy of Europe Prize Lecture 2022: Early career academic clinicians at the intersection of medicine, research and policy –                                                                                        lessons learned from the COVID pandemic

15.35 – 15.45 Laudatio and presentation of the Academia Europaea Gold Award 2022 to Sierd Cloetingh by Robert-Jan Smits, President of the Eindhoven University of Technology

15.45 – 16.10 Sierd Cloetingh, Utrecht University, Department of Earth Sciences

  Academia Europaea Gold Award Lecture 2022: Bottom-up probing System Earth: a journey in deep time and space

16:10 – 16:30  Concluding remarks and announcement of Building Bridges 2023

17:00  Bus to the City Hall for those going to the ceremony of the Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize (people wishing to attend the ceremony must register previously, until two days before)

18:00 – 19:30  Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize, 3rd edition (Human and Social Sciences)

Awarded since 2018 by the Barcelona City Council in collaboration with the Academia Europaea – Barcelona Knowledge Hub

Ceremony Session at Barcelona City Council, Saló de Cent (Plaça Sant Jaume,2, 08002 Barcelona)

18:00 – 18:30  Ceremony Session by the Mayor of Barcelona (or a City Council representative), Ricard Guerrero (Director of the AE- Barcelona Knowledge Hub) and Marja Makarow (President                          of Academia Europaea)

Laudatio by Genoveva Martí, ICREA and University of Barcelona

18:30 – 19:00  Nancy Cartwright, Durham University, UK. Modelling Objectively

19:00 – 19:30  Drink offered by the City Council