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Plenary Programme

Latest update: August 4th

BUILDING BRIDES 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



10:00 – 16:00  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, Bureau Chief – Europe, Nature

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

Linn Leppert (Chair), Young Academy of Europe and University of Twente
Steven Curry, Imperial College London
Policy changes for improving inclusion and diversity 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

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 – the case of Social Security

16:15 – 17:00  Coffee break

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

Coordinator: Genoveva Martí
Master of ceremonies: Donald Dingwell

18:30  Glass of cava

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

Poul Holm (Chair), Verena Winiwarter, Peter Wagner other speakers (TBA, to be announced)

12:15 – 13:00  Lunch break

13:00 – 14:50 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 – 13.45 Philippe Aghion, College de France, INSEAD, and London School of Economics. Academia Europaea Erasmus Medal 2021. The promise of the creative destruction paradigm

13.45 – 14.15 Kirsten Drotner, University of Southern Denmark 

14.15 – 14.45 Jean-Marie Tarascon, College de France

14:45 – 15:15  Coffee break

15.15 – 15.25 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

15.25 – 15.55 Gergely Toldi, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Hungarian Young Academy and Academia Europaea Budapest Knowledge Hub

                      Young Academy of Europe Prize Lecture 2022

15.55 – 16.05 Laudatio and presentation of the Academia Europaea Gold Award to Sierd Cloetingh by Robert-Jan Smits

16.05 – 16.35 Sierd Cloetingh, Utrecht University Academia Europaea Gold Award Lecture 2022

16:35 – 17:00  Coffee break

17:00 – 18:00  3rd edition (Human and Social Sciences) of the Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize  Ceremony Session

17.00 – 17.30 Opening remarks by Major of Barcelona, City Council representative, Ricard Guerrero, Marja Makarow

    Laudatio by Genoveva Martí

17.30 – 18.00 Nancy Cartwright, Durham University

18:00  Concluding remarks and announcement of Building Bridges 2023

18:15 Closing toast