Plenary Programme

Updated: October 05, 2022


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



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)



Check-in for Class meeting participants at registration desk at PRBB

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Continuation of Class meetings


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»

Marja Makarow, President of Academia Europaea
Ricard Guerrero, Director of the AE-Barcelona Knowledge Hub
Moniek Tromp, Vice-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), President of the Eindhoven University of Technology
    The European perspective
  • Andreu Mas-Colell, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
    Interplay between regional and European policies
  • Moniek Tromp, University of Grongingen, Netherlands, and Vice-Chair of the Young Academy of Europe
    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), MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, 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, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Young Academy of Europe (recruitment vice-chair). Hungarian Young Academy (co-chair). Academia Europaea Budapest Knowledge Hub (co-chair of the Danube Region thematic mission)
    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), President of Academia Europaea and University of Helsinki
  • Shankar Balasubramanian, University of Cambridge
    Fast track DNA sequencing for vaccine development and cancer therapy
  • Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita ETH Zurich, former President European Research Council
    Social innovations 

16:15 – 17:00

Coffee break

17:00 – 18:30

Welcome Ceremony to new AE Members elected in 2021. Class A1, A2 and B
Coordinator: Genoveva Martí, ICREA and University of Barcelona
Master of ceremonies: Donald B. Dingwell, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet

Musical introduction, by Dani Jané, Barcelona, Spanish guitar  
Improvisation / Calm / Milonga / Gipsy lament


Glass of cava


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

Thursday, 27 October 2022

9:00 – 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 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

13:00 – 14:50: Session 5

Frontiers of science: what’s around the corner?

  • 13:00-13:05: Carl-Henrik Heldin (Chair), Dept of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University
  • 13:05-13:15: Laudatio and presentation of the Erasmus Medal to Philippe Aghion by Andreu Mas-Colell, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
  • 13:15-13:40: Philippe Aghion, College de France, INSEAD, and London School of Economics
    Academia Europaea Heinz Nixdorf 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 – 16:10

  • 15:00-15:10: Laudatio and presentation of the 2022 ANDRÉ MISCHKE YAE PRIZE FOR SCIENCES AND POLICY to Gergely Toldi by Gemma Modinos, Young Academy of Europe and King’s College London (UK)
  • 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 2022 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 


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: Opening Ceremony Session by the Mayor of Barcelona (or a City Council representative)
    Presentation by Ricard Guerrero (Academic Director of the AE-Barcelona Knowledge Hub) and Marja Makarow (President of Academia Europaea)
  • Laudatio by Genoveva Marti, ICREA and University of Barcelona 
  • 18:30-19:00: Lecture by the awardee, Nancy Cartwright, Durham University, UK
    Modelling Objectively
  • 19.00 a 19.30 Drink offered by the City Council