Plenary Programme

Please note that all times listed below are according to Central European Time (CET).

Speakers delivering virtual presentations marked in blue.


10:30 am Welcome to Building Bridges 2021 

Sierd Cloetingh, AE President (Distinguished Professor, University of Utrecht)

Ricard Guerrero, AE Barcelona Knowledge Hub Academic Director

10:45 am Recap of Class meetings by Chairs

Class A1-Humanities: Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin

Class A2-Social and Related Sciences: Björn Wittrock, Uppsala University and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

Class B-Exact Sciences: Don Dingwell, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Class C-Life Sciences: Eva Kondorosi, Biological Research Centre, Szeged

11:15 am Break
11:45 am Academia Europaea Erasmus Medal and Lecture, “Upside-Down: Revolutions in Physics, Old and New”
  AE Erasmus Medallist: Sir Roger Penrose, University of Oxford and 2020 Nobel Laureate in Physics
  Laudatio: Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, University of Cambridge
  Introduction: Sierd Cloetingh, AE President
12:30 pm Academia Europaea’s Gold Award: “Science, Scientific Publishing and Scientific Advice for Policy: 50 years of personal experiences”
  Gold Award recipient: Ole Petersen, Cardiff University, AE Cardiff Knowledge Hub
  Laudatio: Sierd Cloetingh, AE President
1:15 pm Break for lunch
3:00 pm Balzan Prize Lecture I: “The Amazon and Global Change”
  2020 Balzan Prize Winner: Susan Trumbore, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
  Chair: Sierd Cloetingh, AE President
3:45 pm Barcelona 2021 speaker I: “Volcanism: from wonder and fear to experiment and intervention”
  Don Dingwell, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and AE Munich Knowledge Hub
  Chair: Sierd Cloetingh, AE President
8:00 pm

AE President’s Dinner (optional; for on-site delegates that registered specifically for this event), at Hotel Casa Fuster (Passeig de Gràcia 132, 08008, Barcelona).





9:30 am AE Annual Business Meeting of AE members
  Chair Sierd Cloetingh, AE President
10:45 am Break
11:30 am Welcome and introduction from the AE President-Elect
  Marja Makarow, AE President-Elect, (Professor, University of Helsinki)
11:45 am Balzan Prize Lecture II: “How Should We Think About Freedom?”

2006 Balzan Prize Winner: Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary University of London

Chair: Peter Wagner, ICREA and University of Barcelona

12:15 pm André Mischke YAE Prize 2021 for Science and Policy
  André Mischke YAE Prize 2021 winner: Marian Verhelst, KU Leuven
  Introduction: Gemma Modinos, Chair, Young Academy of Europe (King’s College London)
  Laudatio: Arild Husby, Uppsala University
1:00 pm Break
2:30 pm Young Academy of Europe (YAE) Panel: “Redefining Rewards & Recognitions for European Scholars”
  Chair: Gemma Modinos, Chair, Young Academy of Europe (King’s College London)
  Panellists: Michael Murphy, European University Association; Konstantinos Glinos, Unit for Open Science, European Commission; Rebecca Lawrence, F1000Research; Moniek Tromp, University of Groningen and Young Academy of Europe (YAE)
3:45 pm Barcelona 2021 speaker II: “The mysteries of memory: how it is stored (the engram) and how it is retrieved (the ecphory). How to erase, manipulate or cure memory loss”
  Mara Dierssen, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona
  Chair: Eva Kondorosi, Biological Research Centre, Szeged
4:20 pm

Close and farewell toast from outgoing President Sierd Cloetingh

4:30 pm

End of Building Bridges 2021