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Monday, 4 September 2017


Opening Addresses

  • László Lovász
    President, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Sierd Cloetingh
    President, Academia Europaea
  • Günter Stock
    President, ALLEA
  • Marcel Swart
    Chair of Board, Young Academy of Europe

Prizes Ceremony and Lectures

  • Academia Europaea Gold Medal
    Laureate lecture:
    Helga Nowotny: The Resilience of Science
    Laudatio by Enric Banda
  • All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values
    Laureate lecture:
    Koen Lenaerts: The European Court of Justice in Times of Societal Change
    Laudatio by Sir David Edward

Krúdy Hall (for all participants) 


Conference dinner – FULLY BOOKED!
Academia Club (only for those with ticket)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


Academia Europea Kondorosi Prize and Lecture

Allan Downie: Symbiotic nitrogen fixation: a paradigm for inter-kingdom signalling
Laudatio by Jens Stougaard


Frontiers of Science Lecture

Reinhard Jahn (Balzan Prize Laureate): How neurons talk to each other – about molecular machines and membranes
Chair: Ole Petersen

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

Plenary Session I [read more ]
Climate, Environment, Water and Future Earth
Moderator: Enric Banda, Barcelona


  • Georges Vachaud
    Directeur de Recherches Emérite, CNRS
    Some environmental and social impacts of climate change on the water cycle: from scarcity to submersion
  • Kate Hendry
    University of Bristol, UK
    The physical, biological and chemical fingerprint of melting ice
  • Steve Evans
    Director of research in Industrial Sustainability, University of Cambridge
    On the efficiency of our industrial system as a stakeholder in our natural system
  • J. M. Antó
    Scientific director at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health
    The impacts of climate change in human health: a global bidirectional challenge

Lunch break


Plenary Session II [read more ]
Economy, Resources, Energy
Moderator: Andreu Mas-Colell, Barcelona


  • Yan Lavallée
    School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool
    Towards New Magma Monitoring and Energy Frontiers
  • Jean-François Minster
    National Academy of Technology of France
    Projections for the Energy mix transformation; comparison between various approaches
  • Frederick van der Ploeg
    Department of Economics, University of Oxford
    Dealing with conflicting view on global warming

Coffee break


Plenary Session III 
Europe: Culture, Heritage, Integrity, Resilience and Future
Moderators: Miklós Maróth, Piliscsaba-Budapest and David Edward, Edinburgh


  • Paul Demeny
    HAS and Population Council, New York (ret.)
    Sustainability and resilience: Linkages to demography
  • Ronald de Bruin
    Director of the COST Assocation, Brussels
    The COST Framework
  • Eva Kondorosi
    Vice-President of the European Research Council
    Strengthening the European research system – the role of the ERC

Frontiers of Science Lecture

José van Dijck: European public values in a global online society
Chair: Ed Noort, Vice President, ALLEA


Coffee break


Academia Europaea Erasmus Medal presentation and 2017 Heinz-Nixdorf Erasmus Lecture:

Andreu Mas-Colell: Is the era of work ending?
Chair: Sierd Cloetingh
Laudatio by Sergiu Hart, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

18:30-21:00 Meet and Greet buffet reception
Academia Club (only for those with ticket)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Young Academy Prize and Keynote Lecture:

Rianne Letschert: United in Diversity; on the role of team science in modern universities
Chair: Marcel Swart (Chair of Board, YAE)


Plenary Session IV
Health and Disease, Healthy Living
Moderators: Phillip Campbell and Ruth Arnon


  • Emily Holmes
    Psychology Unit, Karolinska Institutet
    Mental Health after Psychological Trauma: Refugees in Europe
  • Martin Prince
    Health Services & Population Research, King’s College London
    Multimorbidity, Frailty and Dependence, and Their Applications to Promotion, Prevention and Delivery of Age-appropriate Healthcare in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Michal Schwartz
    Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot
    Targeting the innate and adaptive immunity in combating neurodegenerative diseases
  • Mangala Srinivas
    Department of Tumor Immunology, Radboud University Medical Center
    Cellular Therapies in Europe: Current Status and Future Possibilities

Coffee break


Academy Showcase Session: Academies’ advice to policy-making – impact and strategies [read more ]
Moderator: Bärbel Friedrich, former Vice-President of German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina


  • Roger Pfister
    Head of International Cooperation, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
    Climate hotspot Switzerland: scientific policy advice on resilience and mitigation measures
  • Sherrie Forrest
    Senior Programme Officer, Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events; Policy and Global Affairs Division, US National Academy of Sciences
    Reimagining the Role of Academies in Building Resilience

Lunch break


Frontiers of Science Lecture:

Bertil Andersson, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: The Future of Universities
Chair: Balázs Gulyás


Plenary Session V
Scientific Advice (SAM/SAPEA)
Moderator: Sierd Cloetingh, President Academia Europaea


  • Robert Jan Smits
    Director-General Research and Innovation EU
  • Rolf-Dieter Heuer
    HLG Chair
  • Günter Stock
    President ALLEA
  • Yves Caristan
    Euro-CASE Secretary General
  • Marcel Swart
    YAE Chair of Board
  • Bärbel Friedrich
    Former Vice President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Academic Director of the Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Studies in Greifswald
  • László Lovász
    HAS President
  • Helen Wallace
    The British Academy
15:15-15:45 Coffee break

Plenary Session VI
Sustainability and Resilience of European Science
Moderators: Nicole Grobert University of Oxford and Stan Gielen, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research


  • Monica Dietl
    Science-Business, Brussels, Senior advisor for the Healthy Measures initiative
    No solid Research without Europe, no strong Europe without Research
  • Alban Kellerbauer
    Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics, University of Heidelberg
    Resilience of fundamental research 
  • Robert Jan Smits
    Director-General Research and Innovation EU
    European Science at the crossroads
  • Jan-Wouter Vasbinder
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    What if there were no universities?
  • Alex Halliday
    The Royal Society, London
    International mobility, joint working and European research

Closing Remarks

  • László Lovász
    President, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Sierd Cloetingh
    President, Academia Europaea
17:30-18:30 Farewell drinks