Professor Reihnard Genzel (Honorary Member of EurASc), from Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching (Germany) and University of California, Berkeley (USA), is the co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work “the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy”.
The China - Europe Frontier Forum "Progress on Ocean Science and Technology", co-organised by the Dpt of Earth Siences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division of EurASc will be held on line on 20-21 October (program in attachment).
Please note that this EurASc action is supported by the "Fondation Prospective et Innovation" FPI.
All EurASc fellows are invited to join the Forum by (1) listening to the 20-min presentations, and (2) actively participating in the discussions.
Program and details are available here.
Link for ZOOM Metting:
Subject: CAS-EurASc Frontier Forum on Marine Sciences and Technologies
Time: 20-21 October 2020, each day 8:00-15:00 CEST
Conference ID: 680 7127 3480
For Audiences (limited to 900 people) to connect (no audio and no video) to connect to Zoom video conference:
Professor Elvira Fortunato, fellow of EURASC and officer of Materials Science Division won the European Commission Impact Award 2020 with her project INVISIBLE (AdG ERC, connected to the development of oxide semiconductors to substitute silicon on display technology, then called transparent electronics.
The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, created by Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner, awards significant discoveries in the subject.
Prof. Martin Hairer, Honorary Member of EurASc, has been awarded the Prize in Mathematics for 2021.
You can consult more about the Prize here: https://breakthroughprize.org/Prize/3
You can consult the page of 2021 Prize Winners here: https://breakthroughprize.org/News/60
Prof. Gogotsi is organizing an online conference on MXenes:
MXene Virtual Conference 2020 (August 3-7, 2020) and Virtual Courses on Synthesis and Characterization of MXenes (July 27-31).
More information here : link
In view of the major revision of the ERC panel structure for the 2021 and 2022 calls, the ERC Scientific Council has decided to publish the full panel structure well ahead of time.
In this new structure we would like to highlight that by the first time the Materials Science and Engineering has a specific panel, Panel 11 to which we are proud to contribute through different policy makers for the need of such a panel, thanks to the role of Materials as an enabler for science and technology.
This should allow the scientific communities to familiarise themselves with the changes in preparation for the first calls under the 2021 Work Programme.
(Article from https://erc.europa.eu/)
There is now an ERC panel fully devoted to Materials Science.
The last Ordinary General Assembly of the Presidium took place by Internet on May 29th, 2020.
Prof. Malcolm Pope, Fellow of EurASc passed away on January 22nd.
As a symbol of excellency towards outstanding scientists as Professor, The Chemistry View Magazine hightgts the excellency of Professor H. Schwarz, connecting him to our 2011 Blaise Pascal Chemical awards. Besides that, they also mention a list of our fellows distinguished with such awards from different divisions, a recognition of the outstanding science commitments of EURASC.
The European Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2020 Leonardo da Vinci Award to Prof. Klaus Müllen for his outstanding activity in the field of physical organic chemistry.
Klaus Müllen received his academic training in physical and physical organic chemistry, later held a chair in organic chemistry and became director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research where he was responsible for macromolecular synthesis. Deeply rooted in methods of organic synthesis and with an emphasis on organic electronic materials, he introduced a wealth of new polymer architectures, but also advanced the need for precision polymer synthesis. Many of his polymers have become classics of materials science.
His work stands out for both depth and breadth, extending from organic colorants to conjugated polymers, from graphenes to polyolefins and from organic-inorganic composites to functional organic nanoparticles. His whole scientific career is a tribute to interdisciplinarity and trustworthy collaboration. This has allowed their consortia to jointly make major contributions to nanoscience, photophysics, device fabrication, sensing and even tumor therapies. In his belief, materials synthesis must, first, be reliable to allow sound structure-property relations and to rationally „synthesize desired properties and functions“, and, secondly, include methods of processing, i.e. of creating defined macroscopic states of matter. Along these lines, he has described liquid-crystalline phases, thin films and fibers with unique supramolecular architectures.
In 1995 his group published a seminal paper on large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons together with their electronic characterization by scanning tunneling microscopy. By making these disc structures larger and larger, they have established the class of „nanographenes“ . These, in turn, have culminated in the synthesis of graphene nanoribbons, a new type of electronic materials bridging the worlds of conjugated polymers and graphenes. Classical polymer synthesis is thereby combined with synthesis after immobilization of monomers on surfaces and even with chemical vapor deposition.
In Klaus Müllen’s research, creativity in synthesis has always served a goal in materials research. In 2007, they published a first paper towards nowadays widely used donor-acceptor polymers as semiconductors for organic field-effect transistors . Likewise, their graphene nanoribbons are not only relevant for established device applications, but also for spintronics and even for future quantum computing. From a strategic point of view, their graphenic (2D-) structures are made from multiply branched (3D-) polyphenylene precursors. The latter, in turn, are functional materials in their own right as shape-persistent, tree-like polymers (dendrimers) for biomedicine, light harvesting and catalysis.
We are glad to announce that Professor Rodrigo Martins was reelected as President of the European Academy of Sciences (March 2020 to March 2022) with the following new Head of divisions:
Were also elected as Officers of the Scientific Committees:
The other members of the Presidium and the members of the other divisions remain.
The Perpetual Secreaty of the European Academy of Sciences,
Hélène de Rode
We are glad to announce the results of the Blaise Pascal Medals.
Congratulations to Awardees!
The Perpetual Secretary of the European Academy of Sciences,
Hélène de Rode
Professor J.N. Reddy, Honorary Member of the Engineering Division of EURASC, is recently elected to two different national academies. He is elected as the Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain. The Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) is the national academy of the People's Republic of China for engineering. It was established in 1994 and is an institution of the State Council of China. The CAE and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are often referred to together as the "Two Academies". The Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain (Real Academia de Ingeniería, RAI) promotes works and studies that reflect scientific progress in the field of engineering, its technological applications and its operational techniques.
Professor Reddy is the inaugural holder of the Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. Endowed Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. In 1998 he was appointed as the University Distinguished Professor (only top 2% of the university faculty hold this honor); he was named as the Regents’ Professor in 2010. His pioneering works on the development of shear deformation theories (that bear his name in the literature as the Reddy third-order plate theory and the Reddy layerwise theory) have had a major impact and have led to new research developments and applications. Another profound contribution of Professor Reddy has been in education and knowledge that impacted the educational and professional lives of scoreless young people around the world through his text books, short courses, and workshops.
His collaborations in Europe are extremely strong. In particular, he has been a research collaborator/seminar speaker in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, U.K., Finland, and Germany many times (e.g., Politecnico di Torino, University of Parma, University of Bologna, University of Campania, University of Roma, University of Calabria, University of Naples, Oxford University, University of Swansea, University of Stuttgart, University of Wuppertal, Aalto University, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, University of Zaragoza, University of Porto, and University of Lisbon), working with local researches on shell theories for laminated composite structures. As a result of this extensive collaboration, he published many journal papers and books with European co-authors. Also, his collaboration in Italy, Spain, and Portugal have been very extensive and it continues to this day. In addition, Professor Reddy served as advisor and/or external committee member of PhD students in U.K., Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. Dr. Reddy also presented several short courses and organized a NATO Advanced Study Institute on finite elements and composite materials and structures in various places in Europe.
Professor Reddy served Chinese structural engineering community with research collaborations and teaching of short courses and conducting workshops and conferences for over 25 years. In fact, he was a member of the first delegation of researchers from the USA who attended the International Conference on Finite Element Methods, August 2-6, 1982, Shanghai. Since his first visit to China in 1982, he came to China many times, and in recent times almost every year, to give lectures and conduct short courses. Some of the universities he has developed collaborations with and/or delivered lectures include: Beihang University, Beijing; South China University of Technology, Guangzhou; Jilin University, Nanling Campus, Changchun; Shanghai University, Shanghai; Chongqing University; Xi’an Jiaotong University; Shanghai Jiaotong University; Wuhan University; Southeast University, Nanjing; China Academy of Sciences, Beijing; Tsinghua University, Beijing; Tongji University, Shanghai; Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen; Dalian University of Technology; University of Science and Technology of China; East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), Shanghai; Zhejiang University, Hangzhou; Guangdong Institute of Intelligent Manufacturing, Guangzhou; University of Macau; and City University of Hong Kong. He holds several honorary appointments at various Chinese Universities: Qiushi Chair Professor of Zhejiang University; Honorary Professor, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Guest Professor, Guangdong Institute of Intelligent Manufacturing, Guangzhou; and Advisory Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, Oct. 2019.
Professor Herbert Gleiter as been elected Researcher of the Year 2020.
The professor Carlos Duarte has been awarded the BBVA Award (12th edition).
More information here
The next Symposium and Ceremony of Awards of EurASc will take place in Paris (France) on October 26-27th 2020.
More information will be published very soon.
Cardiff School of Engineering’s Professor Roger Falconer (now Emeritus Professor of Water Engineering since October 2018) and Founding Director of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre (1997-2015), has been elected a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), in the biennial election in November 2019 of all CAE Members. Roger was informed by the President of CAE of his election to the Academy, in recognition of his ‘distinguished contributions to hydraulic engineering and to the promotion of China-UK exchanges and cooperation in the field’. Membership of the CAE is the highest academic title in engineering science and technology in China and is a lifelong honour, with election being made by the existing members of the CAE. Foreign members are non-Chinese citizens who are distinguished and recognised for their achievement in engineering.
Roger first started collaborating with China through Tongji University in 1981; since that date he has continuously collaborated with several top (Chinese) universities and government institutes, with the following being some examples of notable collaborations: (i) Tongji University: design formulations for harbours and marinas to maximise water quality; (ii) Tsinghua University: development of a software tool CONTANT for the design of water supply disinfection tanks; (iv) Tianjin University and Municipal Government: modelling Bohai Bay and Sea as a system, with the objective of balancing economic development of the Bay for increased shipping, against minimising the impact on the coastal environment; (v) Wuhan University: development of new formulations for the stability of people and vehicles in floods; etc. Roger has also published extensively with Chinese co-authors (e.g. in 116 of 206 journal papers to-date) and has been appointed Honorary Professor at several Chinese universities, such as: Tongji, Tianjin, Sichuan and China’s Institute of Water and Hydropower Research.
The President of EURASC, Professor Rodrigo Martins has been asked to be the “Kuemmerer”/”Guardian Angels” for thematic sessions of Sustainable Materials and Green deal and of the session concerning Young Scientists, during the IndTech 2020 to be organized during the Germany presidency of the European Union, in Mainz, 26-28 October 2020.
To be kept in touch to this noticeable event, follow it at: https://twitter.com/IndTech2020
"Creativity Towards Future Science Challenges"
The President of EURASC, Professor Rodrigo Martins integrates the world scientist group asked for thinking what Materials we will need for the future. The group that includes 20 top world scientists define a new paradigm for science, called STEM Materials, whose concept is to design and create a material able to integrate functions, such as an organ. This concept was accepted by the director of DG Research on Prosperity of the European Commission, Peter Droeel, to be introduced as a key issue within the Horizon Europe programme, targeting the objectives of the Green Deal proposed by the presidency of the European Commission.
For further details, see the publication "STEM Materials: a new frontier for an intelligent sustainable world", BMC Materials journal ,Nature Springer .
We would like to bring your attention to a fraudulent invitation to become member of the EU Academy of Sciences (EUAS). This invitation is not sent by us, the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc). The sender has no link with EurASc.
Professor Louis Legendre, member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division of EURASC, was recently elected Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The CAS is a large national scientific institution that comprises three major parts: a comprehensive research and development network consisting of over one hundred institutes, a traditional merit-based academy (CASAD, Academic Divisions of CAS), and a system of higher education consisting of three universities. There are now 833 members and 108 foreign members in CASAD.
Prof. Corinne Le Quéré, our 2016 Blaise Pascal medalist in Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been honored Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by HRH Duke of Cambridge for her services to climate change science, in researching the link between climate change and the carbon cycle.
We warmly congratulate her!
EURASC congratulates its Fellow Professor Chennupati Jagadish as the new Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Reviews (APR). He will take over from January 1st, 2020.
The former Commissioner Carlos Moedas acknowledge the contributions of EURASC towards better science research in Europe to sustain the challenges of the future, during his mandate.
At the 2019 - Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit (SIPS-2019 - https://www.flogen.org/ ), which was held at Paphos, Cyprus (October 23 – 26, 2019), a Symposium was organized in honor of Prof. Alain Tressaud, EurASc Vice-President, during which he was awarded of the 2019 Fray International Sustainability Award for “Leadership in developing new technologies that contribute to a sustainable development in the environmental, economic, and social points of view”.
The European Academy of Sciences urges on the efective adoption of measures to fight climate change and comply with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming, based on a sound scientific knowledge. This official declaration has been prepared by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division and it has been approved by the General Board of EurASc.
"The European Academy of Sciences highlights the urgency of climate action
Madrid, October 20th, 2019
The European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) welcomes the recent publication of three special reports by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in just one year. These special reports have been approved by the 195 governments represented at the IPCC. They will serve as the scientific basis for delegates of the 25th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) who are about to meet at COP25 in Santiago de Chile to progress on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and move towards its goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C above preindustrial temperature and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.
The IPCC report on 1.5°C of global warming provides abundant details of the growing implications of a warming climate and highlights that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, farreaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. The report on land shows that land is a critical resource that is already under growing human pressure, that climate change is adding to these pressures and that keeping global warming to 1.5°C or well below 2ºC can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food. The report on ocean and cryosphere highlights the deteriorating state of the ocean as it is becoming warmer, more acidic and less productive, coastal extreme events are becoming more extreme from sea level rise, with profound consequences of climate change for ecosystems and people, and the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action.
Taken together these scientific assessments provide the clearest and most comprehensive knowledge on climate change, its impacts, and the solutions available. They highlight the urgency to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions towards net zero (any residual emissions being offset by active removals) as early as 2050 to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The reports also highlight the need to develop adaptation responses to limit the inevitable impacts of climate change, including in developing countries, which require knowledge sharing and financial support.
The European Academy of Sciences strongly recommends that this tremendous effort by the scientific community should be embraced by the delegates at COP25 to progress rapidly in the full and timely implementation of the Paris Agreement in order to limit the extent and consequences of climate change.
Professor Doctor Rodrigo Martins and Professor Doctor Helene de Rode
President and Perpetual Secretary
European Academy Sciences of Sciences"
SET 2020 - The 19th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on the 18th – 20th August 2020. More information will be coming out soon.
In the frame of the collaborative laboratory on paper Electronics launched in Portugal, hereby we are announcing the hiring of an Executive Director for the lab as well as of 27 positions for Master and pHD owners according to the announcements given below :
Prof. Thomas Ebbesen, Fellow of EurASc and Director of ICFRC Strasbourg (France), has been awarded the CNRS Gold Medal on July 3rd, 2019.
Read the press release (in French)
The upcoming “Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit & Exhibition” (2019-SIPS) will take place from 23 to 27 October 2019 in Paphos, Cyprus, (https://www.flogen.org/
More information on the website here
I would like to propose that EURASC takes some initiatives against the "bureaucratisation" of science.
What I mean is (unfortunately) very well know to each of us.
We spend more and more time in writing reports and in submitting proposals.
We have less and less time to do research and follow our students.
But also research tends to be accepted (through proposals) and evaluated (through reports) by using more and more “objective” parameters base on counting the number of papers, patents, thesis, etc but which are not really centred on the main aspect of scientific innovation and scientific outcome in term of knowledge.
This is not just at the level of the personal work of scientists. The scientific performance of universities and research centres is also evaluated using bureaucratic or economic criteria which are not always adapted to evaluate a scientific enterprise.
Several scientists, philosophers, sociologists have reflected on what are the conditions under which we can develop creative thinking which can bring to new concepts and new discoveries. For instance, Max Weber in his lecture “Science as a Profession" of 1919, writes that one needs "sincere and profound enthusiasm”, “inspiration", "intuition” but also that such qualities need "months of time", "very hard work”, and finally that often “hazard” is a key factor since "ideas come when we do not expect them, and not when we are brooding and searching at our desks. Yet ideas would certainly not come to mind had we not brooded at our desks and searched for answers with passionate devotion”.
Today there is a huge emphasis on excellence in science and on the need of having original ideas in research projects. However the time and the reflection needed to develop them is less and less, submerged as we are by administrative procedures. This implies a transformation of the role of researchers and teachers which leaves our original missions uncovered. In the long run, the quality we offer to students and stakeholders of the university system is dangerously at risk.
This transformation is particularly evident (or very often driven) by the way scientific projects are evaluated and managed at the European level (one partial exception, in my opinion, is ERC grants). Therefore I think that EURASC would be in a very good position (as potential natural interlocutor of the EU) to raise this question.
Officer of the Scientific Committee
On June 3rd, 2019, in Brussels (Belgium) - Prof. Rodrigo Martins, President of EurASc, and Chair of the Global Leadership and Service Award Commission has awarded Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation of the European Commission, Carlos Moedas for his distinguished leadership and service to the international community in the field of Innovation in Science and Technology for a better life of humankind.
Prof. Hélène de Rode, Perpetual Secretary of EurASc has also participated to this event.
Prof. László Gömze A. invites you to the 1st European Conference on Silicon and Silica Based Materials (ec-siliconf1) which will be held at Miskolc-Lillafured (Hungary) in October 7th-11th, 2019.
The peer reviewed and accepted papers of the conference will be published by IOP (United Kingdom) in OPEN ACCESS periodicals Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS).
The participants of the ec-siliconf1 conference have opportunities also to publish their unpublished original manuscripts free of charge in the OPEN ACCES international scientific journalsEpitoanyag - Journal of Silicate based and Composite Materials. Journal Epitoanyag-jsbcm has good Citation Index and are refered by THOMSON REUTERS, INDEX COPERNICUS, Web of Science, ESCI and many others. At present the journal has ISI-Impact Factors 1.079 (see www.isi-impactfactor.com/
Online registration and abstract submission are available in the conference websites of www.ec-siliconf.eu
The deadline for abstracts submission is June 30th, 2019.
Prof. Paolo Colombo, member of EurASc, will chair the XVI ECerS (European Ceramic Society) Conference which will take place in Torino (Italy) on June 16 to 20, 2019.
For more information, please visit the website here.
Prof. Antonio Bianconi, President of Superstripes Institute will chair this conference Superstripes 2019 which will take place in Ischia Island, (Italy) on the 23th – 29th June 2019.
He will be Guest Editor of the Special Issue of Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism where the Proceedings will be published.
For more information, please visit the website : https://www.superstripes.net/
The Presidium of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) together with the Lisbon Academy of Science and the Portuguese Academy of Engineering have sent a position paper to the Hungarian Government.
In March 2019, Prof. Alain Tressaud, EurASc Vice-President, has been nominated for a 5-year period as Guest Professor of Southeast University, Nanjing, China, a top-10 university in China.
Alain Tressaud receives nomination diploma from Professor Ren, President of Southeast University, Nanjing, China
The European Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2019 Leonardo da Vinci Award to Prof. Pierre Corvol.
In recognition for his many outstanding contributions to the development of major branches of medicine, including the hormonal control of water and salt metabolism and cardiovascular regulation, and his instrumental role in advocating for ethics and research integrity in science.
As both a scientist and a clinician, Pierre Corvol has made pioneering contributions to the understanding of the role the renin angiotensin system in human cardiovascular diseases and their treatment by blockers. His research is paradigmatic of what is called today “translational research”. The renin angiotensin hormonal system plays a major role in the control of blood pressure, cardiovascular regulation and water and salt metabolism. It is involved in many pathological diseases such as high blood pressure, cardiac insufficiency, proteinuria and renal dysfunction in diabetes. The blockade of the renin angiotensin system by inhibitors acting at different levels of the renin angiotensin aldosterone cascade has revolutionized the treatment of these diseases and has saved hundreds of millions of lives.
Pierre Corvol has been Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, from 1976 to 1989 and Professor at the Collège de France, the most prestigious academic institution in France, founded in Paris in 1530 (chair of Experimental Medicine – Claude Bernard chair) from 1989 to 2012. He was President of the Collège de France from 2006 to 2012. He is now Professor emeritus and Honorary Administrator of the Collège de France.
Beyond his brilliant scientific career in the medical sector where his discoveries are of considerable relevance to human health, Pierre Corvol has been instrumental in advocating for ethics and research integrity in science. Its implementation i.a. in the training offered to students and researchers in Doctoral Schools and its relevance to “Open Science” and publication policies are of broad international relevance. Professor Corvol’s report on scientific integrity has attracted considerable attention and led to many governmental initiatives.
Pierre Corvol has been scientific advisor to various prestigious institutions. His numerous national and international awards include the Alexander von Humboldt Award (1993), the R. Tigerstedt Award from the American Society of Hypertension (1998), the MSD international Award of the International Society of Hypertension (2004), the Grand Prix de la Recherche INSERM (2006), the Grand Prix de la Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (2010), and the Medal of the Frey-Werle Foundation (2012). Since January 2019, he is the President of the french Académie des sciences.
Prof. Zhores Alferov, Honorary Fellow of EurASc and Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000, passed away on March 1st, 2019, at age 88.
Results of the PETITION IN FAVOUR HORIZON EUROPE LAUNCH BY EURASC
The last Symposium of the European Academy of Sciences took place in Madrid (Spain), on October 21 and 22, 2019. The general theme is "Artificial Intelligence".
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) Rectorate
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For more information, please visit the website of EurASc
The last Ordinary General Assembly of the Presidium took place in Brussels on April 12th, 2019.
Professor Edgardo Carosella, Head of Medicine and Life Sciences Division and Chairman of the Academic Council, has been elected to the Real Academia de Medicina y Cirugia (Spain).
Professor Edgardo Carosella, member of EURASC and Chairman of the Academic Council, was promoted Commander in the Order of Academic Palms (l′Ordre des Palmes Académiques), on July 14th 2014.
Professor Anthony Kounadis, member of EURASC and Blaise Pascal Medallist in 2010, has received on July 16, 2014 the "Medal of the Higher Commander" of the Order of Honor for his outstanding contributions in science and technology, by the President of the Hellenic Democracy Karolos Papoulias. Such a state distinction is bestowed for the first time to a scientist in the wider field of engineering.
Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas from The University of Cambridge, UK has been rewarded for the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences, for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the structures of solids and development and application of the concept of single-site heterogeneous catalysis.
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Professor Paul Tréguer, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, receives the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, from the University of Quebec, on December 5th, 2014.
Paul Tréguer, docteur honoris causa de l′Université du Québec, entouré de Sylvie Beauchamp, Présidente de l′Université du Québec et de Jean-Pierre Ouellet, recteur de l′Université du Québec à Rimouski (photo UQAR)
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L’UQAR remet un doctorat honoris causa à l’océanographe émérite Paul Tréguer
Rimouski, le 5 décembre 2014 – L’Université du Québec a remis, sous l’égide de l’UQAR, un doctorathonoris causa à l’océanographe émérite Paul Tréguer, de l’Université de Bretagne occidentale (UBO).
Les recherches du professeur Tréguer sur la réponse de l’océan Austral aux changements climatiques ont eu beaucoup de résonnance dans la communauté scientifique. Il a propulsé au premier plan le silicium, un élément trop longtemps ignoré bien qu’il soit indispensable à la production des diatomées, ces microalgues siliceuses qui contribuent à plus de 50 % de l’exportation de matière carbonée vers l’océan profond et du quart de l’oxygène que nous respirons.
L’approche de recherche interdisciplinaire de M. Tréguer a contribué au développement de la biogéochimie marine. Au cours de sa carrière, il a publié une centaine d’articles dans les plus prestigieuses revues scientifiques, dont Nature et Science.
Selon le recteur de l’UQAR, Jean-Pierre Ouellet, le professeur Tréguer représente un modèle de scientifique dont l’approche de recherche multidisciplinaire a permis une progression plus rapide du savoir. « Le parcours de M. Tréguer est remarquable sur le plan de la recherche, mais aussi quant à l’influence qu’il a exercée dans la mise en commun des expertises et dans la promotion de la science comme moteur de développement social et économique. »
Le professeur Paul Tréguer s’est engagé, au fil de sa carrière scientifique, dans la mise en place de réseaux multidisciplinaires nationaux, européens et internationaux. Il a fondé, dans les années 1990, l’Institut universitaire européen de la mer (IUEM) sous l’égide de l’Université de Bretagne occidentale et du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). En 2004, il a été le président fondateur de l’Europôle Mer, un regroupement qui a donné naissance en 2011 au LabexMER.
C’est avec honneur et modestie que M. Tréguer a reçu ce doctorat honorifique de l’Université du Québec. « Je suis touché de recevoir le titre de docteur honoris causa, et particulièrement de la prestigieuse Université du Québec dont le réseau est un modèle qui inspire les universités françaises. »
Né à Brest en 1942, Paul Tréguer a reçu de nombreuses distinctions pour son apport au développement des connaissances. En 2007, il a été fait Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur puis, en 2013, la Médaille Georges Millot de l’Académie des sciences lui a été remise. Cette année, M. Tréguer a été élu à l’Académie européenne des sciences (EURASC).
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Professor Paul Tréguer, Emeritus Professor of the University of Brest and Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, receives the Officer Insignia of the National Order of Quebec, from Mr. Philippe Couillard, 1st Minister of Quebec, in Paris, on March 2nd, 2015.
(left to right) Mrs. Jacqueline Boutin, Representative of the CNRS; Paul Tréguer, Mr. Pascal Olivard, President of the University of Brest
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"Titulaire d’un diplôme d’ingénieur chimiste et d’un doctorat en océanographie, Paul Tréguer a grandement favorisé l′essor des sciences de la mer. Son influence de chercheur universitaire a permis de fédérer les expertises de ce secteur du savoir. Il a, en effet, contribué à mettre en place des réseaux pluridisciplinaires nationaux, européens, et internationaux voués à accroître la connaissance des océans. Ses responsabilités quant à l’animation de la recherche sur le plan national français et le plan international ont été majeures et très vastes. Il est notamment à l’origine de la création, à Brest, de l’IUEM (Institut universitaire européen de la mer) en 1990 et de l’Europôle Mer en 2004. Âgé de 73 ans, ce Breton a consacré sa carrière à l’étude des océans, notamment l′impact des activités humaines sur les systèmes océaniques et côtiers. Son approche de recherche résolument interdisciplinaire a permis de faire éclore une nouvelle discipline : la « biogéochimie marine ». M. Tréguer a été fait professeur émérite de l’Université de Bretagne occidentale en 2007 et élu membre de l’Académie européenne des sciences (EURASC) en 2014. Depuis 1986 il collabore avec des chercheurs des universités du Québec.
A Brest le 8 février 2015 "
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He received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, from the University of Quebec, on December 5th, 2014. For more information, click here
Professor Satoshi Omura, Honorary Member of the European Academy of Sciences EURASC, received, jointly with Prof. William C. Campbell, the Nobel Prize in Medicine 2015 for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites.
For any further information, you can see the Press Release here (also about the 2015 Prize awarded to Prof. Youyou Tu)
Prof. Paul Tréguer, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, and Presidium Member, has been elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Click here to see the list of the 60 new Fellows.
Prof. Jean Pierre Sauvage, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, Blaise Pascal Medal in Chemistry in 2012, and Professor at the University of Strasbourg (France) was awarded, jointly with Prof. Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa, the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemisty for "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines".
The European Academy of Sciences sends its warmest congratulations to Prof. Sauvage for this Nobel Prize.
To see more information about the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, please see the press release.
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Dead Sea, Jordan 7th November, 2017
Largest Ever Science Gathering In The Middle East
Over 2,500 Science Leaders from over 120 Countries Gather at the World Science Forum 2017 Jordan Calling for a More Responsible and Ethical Use of Innovation to Address the Social & Economic Relevance, Influence & Responsibilities of Science Arab Region To Explore Establishing A Regular Open Science Forum Budapest, Hungary to Host WSF 2019
Who? Royal Scientific Society of Jordan (RSS); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC); International Council for Science (ICSU); Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP); International Social Science Council (ISSC) + Science Counsellor representatives of the G77.
What? World Science Forum, King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea, Jordan, 7-10 Nov.
SCIENCE FOR PEACE
At the Opening Ceremony of World Science Forum (WSF) 2017 under the theme of ‘Science for Peace’ a panel of global thought-leaders declared renewed intent to fight poverty and promote just, equitable and inclusive social development based on the restoration, protection and sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystems to promote greater peace and social harmony. His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Patron of WSF 2017 opened four days of plenary sessions, short seminars and individual lectures, addressing a large audience of diplomats, global science stakeholders and key influencers.
His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein called upon delegates to do more to accelerate the accumulation, use and diffusion of scientific knowledge and its application in technological innovations capable of reshaping our world for the better. Accentuating the positive, he remarked that: “Today, our future depends more than ever on scientists working together in a spirit of tough inquiry and mutual respect; for a resilient, sustainable future demands science at its innovative best. Jordan is proud to host the World Science Forum, an accelerator of global scientific collaboration, opportunity, and peace”.
During the Opening ‘Science for Peace’ Plenary, South African Minister for Science, Naledi Pandor warned against complacency: “No country, no region can afford isolation. Our problems are also our neighbour’s problems. HIVAids, malaria and tuberculosis are on the rise in regions previously considered to be safe from their disease burden, whilst non-communicable including lifestyle diseases now have a devastating impact in the developing world. More than ever we need greater global solidarity to confront rising, unacceptable and very dangerous inequalities. Science has a crucial role to play in our responses to all these societal challenges and strong international cooperation will be essential. The World Science Forum is a critical platform to foster intensified collaboration, also ensuring the science contributions from developing countries play their much needed, rightful part.”
DELEGATES FROM OVER 120 COUNTRIES, SPEAKERS FROM OVER 50
WSF 2017 sets new standards in igniting self-critical conversations about the applications of science for all of society. Perhaps the most representative of the flagship global generalist conferences, every effort is made to ensure that all regions are represented and that all voices are given the chance to be heard. Not only are panels comprised of the talking heads of the world’s large research infrastructures and membership bodies, science ministers and their advisers, but experts from academia, entrepreneurship, civil society, young researchers and media are equally invited to discuss critical global issues. Several speaker organisations also use WSF as a platform to announce the latest findings in environmental and health sciences.
This year’s programme offers 8 plenary sessions: a main theme throughout all discussions is a ‘sustainability development goals update & critique’, bringing together leading decision-makers to take stock of progress made towards the UN’s 2030 Agenda. In this regard, two plenaries deal with ‘the energy/water nexus: intelligent management for sustainability & fairness’ and ‘science & food security: how to feed the world sustainably &
equitably’. What is new in 2017 is a strong focus on science business and the innovation ecosystem to bring about the SDGs where the views of innovators, educationalists and economy-watchers collide. For example, plenaries on the ‘opportunities & challenges of digital transformation’ or ‘building resilience in an inter-connected world’ bring these discussions to the fore. Confidence in science and communicating with society remain a backbone of WSF meetings where issues of ethics and scientific integrity are hotly debated. ‘Promoting inclusion through science education, outreach and engagement’ is tackled, alongside a mini-Gender Summit as a first for WSF. A timely discussion on ‘rebuilding broken societies through reconstruction & recovery’ is expected to capture the mood of this year’s gathering. The end of conference plenary brings together well-known funders and the ‘suppliers’ of public research to examine the pros and cons of ‘science diplomacy to strengthen governance & build enduring relationships’.
This year’s programme offers 15 thematic sessions: over 150 organisations were invited in to enrich questions and answers style-debates with delegates on a broad range of topics. From ‘fighting resistant bacteria & global pandemics’; the latest in ‘food & nutrition’ or ‘disaster risk reduction at heritage sites’ and ‘science for cultural relations’; to insights into ‘the journey of refugee scientists, ‘brain drain in developing countries’ or ‘science advice & alternative facts’, a truly who’s who of experts are on-hand at WSF 2017. Details of all presentations and announcements, plus recordings of keynotes addresses, are made publically available on the conference site below.
This year’s programme offers over 20 special sessions: a particular feature of WSF is its readiness to engage and encourage third-party groups to maximise its unrivalled meetings opportunities. For example, three separate regional panels are being held at ministerial and science-led, civil-society level covering Latin America & the Caribbean, the Africa-55 nations and the Arab region. From the latest on ‘artificial intelligence and future healthcare systems’ and ‘development aid versus own resources’ to ‘combating extremist ideology’, ‘using science for peace in the Middle East’, or ‘talking science to non-scientists’, few other platforms offer this depth and range of expertise to interrogate the true value of science, society and policy and the inter-play between them.
More side-events and high-level meetings than ever-before being facilitated: similarly, WSF is acting as a catalyst for meetings of global science policy practitioners, offering unprecedented support to early career researchers and is hosting a Forum of Global For a, bringing together the organisers of the world’s largest science conferences to share updates and best practices. Everything is being done to ensure that the next generation of decision-makers are at the heart of discussions in Jordan. For example, to help promote science communication, science media grants have been offered to 25 promising journalists to join their peers at the conference. In this way, specific scientific or diplomatic networks, established projects or emerging forces can broaden their visibility, appeal and memberships.
A CONFERENCE DECLARATION TO BE RECKONED WITH
It is expected that the legacy of WSF 2017 will be an unequivocal wake-up call to scientists and diplomats to better understand the impacts their findings and policies are having on the natural and social systems of the earth. In this regard, the conference will make a special plea that despite clear advances in a number of emerging economies and societies in transition, the knowledge and economic divide is widening, thus curbing the potential of science and technology to contribute to global human and economic development.
Secondly, conference leaders will call for a greater application of scientific solutions in areas of disaster risk reduction and resilience building to natural and human made disasters, particularly in areas of dense populations.
Thirdly, conference leaders will applaud and support recent global trends towards a more pronounced use of science in policy-making and the efforts to bridge the difficulties inherent in the roles of scientists and policy-makers which must allow for greater stakeholder inclusion. Civil society involvement cannot be an add-on option.
Fourthly, conference leaders will call for more to be done to tackle inequalities between countries and regions. WSF welcomes the strong participation of delegates from many African, Asian and Latin American countries here to promote cooperation and integration to build and accumulate capacities to harness and govern modern sciences.
Finally, in deciding to host WSF 2017 in Jordan after a successful event in Brazil in 2013 and looking forward to going outside Europe again in 2021, the organising parties are building knowledge and facilitating integration in those countries and regions that need it most.
Prof. John Roy Porter, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, has been elected as Chair of the Independent Steering Committee that advises the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (known as WHEAT) on research strategy, priorities and program management.
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For any further information, please visit the website of CGIAR
The new Herbert Gleiter Institute (HGI) in Nanjing will open on June 1st, 2018.
The new HGI will be closely connected with one of the 6 National Research Center (NRC) of China. This NRC will come right next to the HGI and the Director will be Ke Lu, one of the do-directors of the Herbert Gleiter Institute.
Prof. Claude Debru has published, in the European Scientist, an artile entitled "Progress in Science, Progress in Society"regarding the Symposium of EurASc held in Brussels, on November 2016.
"On November 18-19, 2016, the European Academy of Sciences organized a conference devoted to the theme Progress in Science, Progress in Society, in cooperation with the Académie Royale de Belgique in Brussels. The European Academy of Sciences is an international non-profit organization aiming at promoting excellence in science and technology. It is a community of highly selected, top-level scientists from all-over Europe, and open to a restricted number of non-European scientists with strong research links to Europe.
In recent years, the Academy, acting in cooperation with universities in Europe, organized conferences on such topics as Science and Ethics (Porto, 2014) and Impacts on Climate Change (Brest, 2015). Following these multidisciplinary meetings on timely subjects, the conference on Progress in Science Progress in Society was a significant event. It is now published."
To read the complete article, please visit the website of the European Economist.
Prof. Jens Kreisel, recently elected as Fellow of EurASc, has been elected Vice-Rector of the University of Luxembourg.
We warmly congratulate Prof. Kreisel.
Prof. Philippe Dubois, recently elected as Fellow of EurASc, has been elected as Rector of the University of Mons (Belgium).
We warmly congratulate Prof. Dubois.
Prof. Philippe Dubois (left) with Prof. Calogero Conti, previous Rector of UMons (right)
Prof. Emmanuel Alain Cabanis, Fellow of EurASc, has been elected Vice-President of the French Academy of Medecine on December 12th, 2017, for the year 2018. Next year, he will become President.
We warmly congratulate him.
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Commissionaire Carlos Moedas thanks the support given by EURASC and the other Academies and Associations to Horizon Europe
Prof. Rodrigo Martins, President of the European Academy of Sciences, signed a Charter of Cooperation with Prof. Evvy Kartini, President of the Material Research Society Indonesia (MRS-INA), on October 31st, 2018, in Bali (Indonesia).
Prof. Saffa Riffat, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences shares a press release concerning his project "Innovation Bio Plastic Bags".
Professor Saffa Riffat, Dr Yuehong Su and Professor Fatang Jiang with the fully bio-
degradable food bags
The Global Young Academy (GYA) was founded in 2010 with the vision to give young researchers and scholars around the world a voice. Members are chosen for their demonstrated excellence in research and commitment to service. The GYA consists of 200 members, and currently there are 216 alumni from 83 countries. The GYA is hosted at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and received its seed funding from the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Volkswagen Foundation. Since 2014, GYA is supported by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and other international donors.
Global Young Academy activities focus on science and policy, the research environment, and science education and outreachas well as the cross-cutting theme GYA and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Current large, externally-funded projects include the GYA’s Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa research project, co-operation on capacity building Science Leadership Programs in Africa and ASEAN, and the emerging project At Risk and Refugee Scholar Membership Initiative.
As the voice of young scientists around the world, the GYA publishes statements on international science policy and the research environment for early to mid-career researchers, and maintains active links with international science organizations, including the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board (until end of 2016), the Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP), the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), the International Science Council (ISC), the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) and the Global Research Council. As part of its global commitment, the GYA works to reduce the science gap between low, middle, and high-income countries by connecting young scientists with diverse backgrounds. GYA members believe that scientists and researchers need to contribute more than their own research findings to society.
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The Research Activities of the European Commission - Research and Innovation - The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, informally DG Research and Innovation, is a Directorate-General of the European Commission, located in Brussels, and responsible for, notably, the European Union′s research policy and coordination of research activities.It is headed by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Director-General Robert-Jan Smits.
The Directorate General’s mission is evolving as work on the European Research Area continues. It can be summarised as follows:
One of the instruments used for the implementation of this policy is the multi-annual Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (FP RTD) which helps to organise and financially support cooperation between high schools, research centres, and industries - including small and medium sized enterprises (SME).
Professor Chong Soo Lee, (Member of EURASC), April 1, 2012, became Head of the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT) of Pohang University.
The institute is a world leader in education and research in steel technology. The Prof. Lee keeps fruitful scientific collaborations with the Polytechnic of Milano.
The Euro-Mediterranean Conference 2012 in Barcelona 2-3 April 2012, all the presentations from the Euro-Mediterranean Conference 2012 are now available on the website.
The historical changes taking place in the Southern Mediterranean region since December 2010 call for a focused, innovative and ambitious response from the European Union. Throughout 2011, the European Commission has established the Neighbourhood countries of the European Union as a key priority and has developed a new strategy, which can be found in two Joint Communications of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (COM (2011) 200 and COM (2011) 303).
Research and Innovation play a major role in promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth and job creation. The development of a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space (CKIS) linked to smart growth and the EU′s Innovation Agenda is one of the aims of the new strategy of the EU. The CKIS is meant to cover policy dialogue, national and regional capacity-building, cooperation in research and innovation, increased mobility opportunities for students, researchers and academics.
In this context, a high-level conference is being held by the European Commission′s Research and Innovation DG, in consultation with other departments, the European Parliament, the EU Member States and the Mediterranean countries. The main objectives are:
The Conference will be opened by Mrs. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, by Mrs. Carmen Vela Olmo, State Secretary for Research and Innovation Spain, by Mr. Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister for Economy and Knowledge Catalunia, Mr. Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training Morocco, Mr. Kim Brinckmann, Head of Division at Center for Globalisation, Danish Agency for Science, technology and Innovation and Mr. Kent Johansson, Member of the European Parliament.
Please, click on this link to see the presentations feedback and the press articles.
From the European Commission Research & Innovation website : "Innovative pellets to benefit organic farmers", Researchers in Germany and Hungary have engineered novel pellets that are able to repel pests in a way that does not harm the environment and that could fertilise the plants. These pellets are made of cyanobacteria and fermentation residues from biogas facilities. The organic farming industry could stand to benefit from this innovative development since organic farmers stand to lose entire crops when pests, such as cabbage root flies, lay their eggs on freshly planted vegetables.
he purchase and consumption of organic vegetables keeps growing, with most people saying they prefer buying and eating products that are neither treated with pesticides nor laden with chemicals. But organic farmers must deal with the challenge of keeping their plants safe from pests, a task that is next to impossible. So when cabbage root flies, for instance, lay their eggs in the spring and fall on freshly planted greens, an entire harvest can be lost. Farmers say they can help protect their plants by planting seeds after the fly′s flying time is over.
But good news has finally arrived for these farmers. Thanks to scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), in collaboration with researchers from the University of West Hungary in Mosonmagyaróvár, and on behalf of several organic agriculture associations, these innovative pellets will prove advantageous for all.
′The pellets primarily consist of fermentation residues from biogas production, but they also contain 0.1% cyanobacteria,′ says Dr Ulrike Schmid-Staiger, group manager at IGB. Soil flora degrade the cyanobacteria, which release a scent that repels cabbage root flies, after the pellets are placed around the planted vegetables. The fermentation residues, which are rich in nutrients, also fertilise the plants.
The team used a flat-panel airlift reactor originally developed for microalgae to cultivate cyanobacteria. They used only light, carbon dioxide (CO2) and mineral nutrients to cultivate the bacteria. The task was not easy, especially because the bacteria had to be mixed thoroughly and to rise to the surface. Both air and CO2 had to flow into the reactor. It should be noted that the cyanobacteria are very sensitive. Their structure looks like a long string of pearls, which can be damaged if too much pressure is placed on it. The researchers regulated the air inflow to allow the mass to be thoroughly mixed without damaging the bacteria.
They later used super-heated steam to dry the cyanobacteria, which was then mixed with the fermentation residues and pressed into pellets. The team acquired the fertilising fermentation residues from eco-certified farms in which liquid manure is decomposed into biogas. Within 2 weeks, they generated 300 litres of biogas per kilogram of organic dry mass. The remnants that cannot be further fermented are dried.
The pellets were tested in open-field studies in Spain and Hungary. They found that the cabbage root flies did not attack any of the growing cabbage or kohlrabi.
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From the European Commission Research & Innovation website : "Scientists identify gene behind blood orange pigmentation", Researchers in China, Italy and the United Kingdom have discovered what gene is responsible for blood orange pigmentation, and how it is controlled. The results, presented in the journal The Plant Cell, could help improve the growth of health-promoting blood oranges and lead to novel solutions for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. The study was partially supported by two EU-funded projects: FLORA and ATHENA. FLORA (′Flavonoids and related phenolics for healthy living using orally recommended antioxidants′) received EUR 3.3 million under the ′Food quality and safety′ Thematic area of the EU′s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). ATHENA (′Anthocyanin and polyphenol bioactives for health enhancement through nutritional advancement′) has received almost EUR 3 million under the ′Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology′ Theme of the EU′s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Led by the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom, researchers said blood oranges usually need a period of cold as they ripen in order to develop red pigmentation. While many areas around the world produce these oranges, the Sicilian area around Mount Etna in Italy is the best place to produce them reliably. Sunny days and cold nights, as well as sunny days and warm nights make for the best orange-producing conditions, found in this Italian area.
In their study, researchers gave the name Ruby to the gene they identified as playing a key role in the pigmentation of the blood orange.
′Blood oranges contain naturally occurring pigments associated with improved cardiovascular health, controlling diabetes and reducing obesity,′ said Professor Cathie Martin from the John Innes Centre on Norwich Research Park. ′Our improved understanding of this trait could offer relatively straightforward solutions to growing blood oranges reliably in warmer climates through genetic engineering.′
The pigments are anthocyanins, flavonoids that give red, purple and blue fruit their colour. Former studies, based on research regarding other high-anthocyanin foods, identified how the consumption of blood orange juice reduces oxidative stress in diabetic patients, protects DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) against oxidative damage and could potentially reduce cardiovascular risk factors more generally. The Ruby gene was isolated from the flesh of blood and blonde oranges. The team found that it is controlled by mobile genetic elements activated by the stress of cold.
′Our results offer little hope of conventionally breeding or identifying new varieties of blood orange that are free from cold dependency,′ Professor Martin said. ′We are now experimenting with hooking the Ruby gene up with a specific fruit promoter so it can be induced in another way.′
Blood oranges are a derivative of sweet orange, the most commonly grown fruit tree in the world. This latest study confirmed that sweet oranges are a hybrid between the south-east Asian pomelo and mandarin.
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From the European Commission Research & Innovation website : "New motor can cut space exploration costs", A European team of researchers led by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has developed a prototype of a new, ultra-compact motor that will enable small satellites to journey beyond Earth′s orbit. The objective of this new motor is to make space exploration less expensive. The result is an outcome of the MICROTHRUST (′Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based electric micropropulsion for small spacecraft to enable robotic space exploration and space science′) project, which is supported under the Space Theme of the EU′s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), to the tune of EUR 1.9 million.
The compact motor weights only a few hundred grams and is specifically designed to propel small satellites, weighing from 1 to 100 kilograms. The conventional thruster can change orbit around our planet and travel to more distant destinations, but it is usually used for large and expensive spacecraft. The researchers say their prototype will probably be used on CleanSpace One, a satellite currently being developed at EPFL that will clean up space debris, as well as on OLFAR, a swarm of Dutch nanosatellites able to record ultra-low radio-frequency signals on the far side of the Moon.
The prototype weighs only around 200 grams, with the fuel and control electronics included. The motor can be mounted on satellites as small as 10 x 10 x 10 square cubic metres. It is also very efficient.
′At the moment, nanosatellites are stuck in their orbits. Our goal is to set them free,′ said Herbert Shea, the head of EPFL′s Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory and the coordinator of the MICROTHRUST project.
Research into the development of small satellites has intensified in recent times, due mostly to the low cost of production and launch. The price tag for the small satellites is around USD 500 million; the price for larger ones runs into the hundreds of millions. The problem with nanosatellites lay in the lack of an efficient propulsion system ... until now.
The new mini motor does not run on combustible fuel but rather on an ′ionic′ liquid, and in this project, it is a liquid chemical compound, EMI-BF4, used as both a solvent and an electrolyte. It is made up of ions, electrically charged molecules, which are extracted from the liquid and then ejected to produce thrust. The fuel is expelled, not burnt.
′We calculated that in order to reach lunar orbit, a 1-kilogram nanosatellite with our motor would travel for about 6 months and consume 100 millilitres of fuel,′ said Muriel Richard, a scientist in EPFL′s Swiss Space Center. ′Our prototype still has a few flow problems at the nozzle extremities, which could cause short-circuits,′ Dr Shea concluded.
Researchers from the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, members of the MICROTHRUST consortium, also contributed to this study.
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From the European Commission Research & Innovation website : "Report on better butterfly protection", Researchers in Europe have created a set of new guidelines for the protection of Europe′s most threatened butterfly species. Coordinated by the Butterfly Conservation Europe, the report puts the spotlight on 29 threatened species listed in Council Directive 92/43/EEC, more commonly known as the Habitats Directive. The report is part of the SCALES (′Securing the conservation of biodiversity across administrative levels and spatial, temporal, and ecological scales′) project, which is backed with EUR 7 million under the Environment Theme of the EU′s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
All EU Member States must help conserve these species. The report, entitled ′Dos and don′ts for butterflies of the Habitats Directive of the European Union′ is presented in the journal Nature Conservation; it provides detailed accounts of each species, their habitat requirements and food plants. The dos and don′ts of managing the habits of these species are also included in the report, which offers all the information one needs to understand how to ensure the protection of the butterflies and to meet the global biodiversity targets.
Researchers say almost 10% of Europe′s butterflies are threatened with extinction. According to the European grassland indicator, more than 70% of the abundance of 17 characteristic butterflies has shrunk since the late 1990s. Habitat loss and improper management are responsible for the loss.
Led by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Germany, the researchers say many habitats are now abandoned from agriculture, becoming overgrown with scrub, while others are too intensively managed. The report offers the information we need to ensure improved management of remaining habitats.
Researchers use butterflies to help determine how habitat change impacts both the environment and populations. Improved management for butterflies will give these and other creatures better survival rates, as well as better wildlife and ultimately human survival rates.
′Managing habitats in the correct way is the single most important issue affecting the survival of European butterflies,′ says lead author Chris van Swaay of the Dutch Butterfly Conservation. ′This is the first time that practical information has been brought together to address the issue. We hope the advice will be taken up urgently across Europe to help save these beautiful species from extinction.′
For his part, Klaus Henle of the UFZ says: ′Biodiversity loss is one of the most important topics facing the future of our planet. Our new open access journal Nature Conservation is intended to make scientific information freely available to help conserve nature and create a healthy world for everyone. The journal aims particularly at facilitating better interaction between scientists and practitioners, and its major goal is to support synergistic interactions among scientists, policymakers, and managers.′
Researchers from Australia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom make up the SCALES consortium.
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The professor Serge Haroche (member of EURASC), 9th October 2012, received the Nobel Prize in Physics together with the American physicist David Wineland, for their work about measurement and manipulation of individual quantum systems.
Prof. Haroche works primarily in atomic physics and quantum optics. He is principally known for proving quantum decoherence by experimental observation, while working with colleagues at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1996.
After a PhD dissertation on dressed atoms under the supervision of Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (himself a Nobel Prize recipient) from 1967 to 1971, he developed new methods for laser spectroscopy in the seventies, based on the study of quantum beats and superradiance. He then moved on to Rydberg atoms, giant atomic states particularly sensitive to microwaves, which makes them well adapted for studying the interactions between light and matter. He showed that such atoms, coupled to a superconducting cavity containing a few photons, are well-suited to the testing of quantum decoherence and to the realization of quantum logic operations necessary for the treatment of quantum information.
The professor Paul O′Brien, (member of EURASC), has been elected as member of the Royal Society on 3rd May 2013
Prof. O′Brien is Professor of Inorganic Materials in the Schools of Chemistry and of Materials, University of Manchester.
Paul O′Brien is distinguished for his many original contributions to chemistry and materials science, notably in the use of novel molecularly defined precursors from which to prepare important functional electronic or optical materials in well-defined forms. Processes he pioneered have been widely adopted. His discoveries include substantial improvements in the constitution, stoichiometry and nature of precursors. He has shown how relatively stable compounds can be used to prepare high quality functional materials, and developed improved methods to convert precursors into useful functional products, devising and refining ways by which nanoparticles syntheses can be controlled within the size limits require for device use. (Royal Society link)
The professor Antonio Bianconi, (member of EURASC), is chairman of the EPS international conference: QUANTUM IN COMPLEX MATTER of the series "Superstripes conferences", at Ischia, Italy May 27-June 1st, 2013.
organized by RICMASS Rome international Conference for Materials Science Superstripes
If you want more information about this conference, please click on this link : http://www.ricmass.eu/Conference_2013/Ischia_Superstripes.html
The professor Martin Schadt (Fellow of EURASC), receives the European Inventor Award 2013 in the category "Lifetime Achievement"
The Presidium of the European Academy of Sciences congratulates warmly Professor Martin Schadt (Blaise Pascal Medallist in 2010 and Fellow of EURASC) for the European Inventor Award 2013 in the category "Life Achievement" which was awarded to him for his work on LCD technology.
Professor Peter Zoller (Blaise Pascal Medal 2011 and fellow of EURASC), receives the prestigious Wolf Prize 2013 in Physics
The Presidium of the European Academy of Sciences congratulates warmly Professor Peter Zoller (Blaise Pascal Medallist in 2011 and Fellow of EURASC) for the Wolf Prize 2013 which was awarded to him for his essential theoretical contributions to quantum information processing, quantum optics and the physics of quantum gases.
Nobel Prize in Literature, he deceased on August 3th, 2008. He was elected as Honorary Member in our Academy in 2004, for outstanding contributions to literature and political sciences.
We lost a very appreciated member on Sunday 3 of august 2008. Elected for outstanding contributions to literature and political sciences. He accepted to be an honorary Member of our Academy in 2004. Each photo links to articles found on the web about his biography bibliography and work.
Vitaly Ginzburg, member of Eurasc, deceased on November 8th 2009 at age 93. He was elected as Member in our Academy in 2007, for outstanding contributions to Physics.
He was awarded multiple prizes and awards during his careeer :
# USSR State Prize in 1953
# Lenin Prize in 1966
# Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1991
# Wolf Prize in Physics in 1994/5
# Lomonosov Gold Medal in 1995
# Nobel Prize in Physics in 2003, together with Alexei Alexeevich Abrikosov and Anthony James Leggett for their "pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids"
The European Academy of Sciences lost a very appreciated member.
Each photo links to articles found on the web about his biography bibliography and work.
Dr. Vladilen Stepanovich Letokhov was awarded the Lenin Prize and the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
He was Principal Researcher of the Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Sciences.
He deceased on 21st of March, 2009. He was elected as Full Member in our Academy in 2002, for outstanding contributions to Physics and Laser Spectroscopy.
Professor Vladilen S. Letokhov, an OSA Fellow and head of the Department of Laser Spectroscopy at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Spectroscopy in Troitsk, Russia, died on March 21, 2009. He was 69 years old.
Each photo links to articles found on the web about his biography bibliography and work.
He had been awarded the Lenin Prize (1965, with Andrey Kolmogorov), the Crafoord Prize (1982, with Louis Nirenberg), the Harvey prize (1994), Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics (2001), the Wolf Prize in Mathematics (2001) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (2007). He was awarded the Shaw Prize in mathematical sciences in 2008.
Astronomy: The minor planet 10031 Vladarnolda was named after him in 1981 by Lyudmila Georgievna Karachkina.
He "was one of the most eminent contemporary mathematicians from all points of view", said the Russian Academy of Sciences vice-president Valeri Kozlov, cited by the Itar-Tass agency.
"His work contained many things indispensable to the other sciences", including physics, chemistry and biology.
In 1974 the Soviet Union opposed Professor Arnold's award of the Fields Medal, the foremost recognition in work in mathematics that is often compared to the Nobel Prize, making him one of the most prominent mathematicians to never receive the prize.
The European Academy of Sciences lost a very appreciated member. Each photo links to articles found on the web about his biography bibliography and work.
The 25th of June 2010 Professor Enzo Tiezzi, member of the board of Eurasc’s division for Earth Science and Environmental Sciences, passed away. We lost not only a good friend but a good scientific companion. I have had many scientific discussion with Enzo, and I will miss them very much because they were always very inspiring. We had a common goal : to reveal the properties of ecosystems by use of far from thermodynamic equilibrium. It has always been pleasure to work with Enzo towards this goal, because he was positive and very open-minded - as an ecosystem he was ontic open - open for new ideas and new possibilities. He was genuine mutidiscplinary and could see how one scientific discipline could be used beneficially in other scientific disciplines. Enzo loved science, but he had at the same time an approach of an artist to science. I admire how he was able to write about very hard science in a way that would fascinate the reader. Take his books: Beauty & Science, The Essence of Time, The End of Time and Steps Towards an Evolutionary Physics. All four books are written by a scientist with the hand of an artist.
Enzo Tiezzi has a master and ph.d degree in physical chemistry. In 1970, after teaching Physical Chemistry at Florence University for several years, he was appointed director of the Institute and later of the Department of Chemistry, Siena University. He has been full professor of physical chemistry in the Faculty of Science of the University of Siena since 1979. He has, however, used his physical chemistry to achieve a better understanding of natural systems, particularly ecosystems
Enzo Tiezzi has written more than 30 books, many of which have been translated and published in other languages. The End of Time, The Essence of Time, Beauty and Science, Steps Towards an Evolutionary Physics, City out of Chaos, The Road to Sustainability, GDP and Future Generation were recently published in English (WIT press). Beauty and Science came out in Spanish in 2006 (La belleza y la ciencia, ICARIA). Tempi Storici, Tempi Biologici (Garzanti 1984) was a best seller in its sector with four editions in three years, winning the Locarno International Festival prize and being nominated book of the year in 1986 by the Italian Institute of Culture in London. The Essence of Time is prefaced by Ilya Prigogine, Nobel in Chemistry, Beauty and Science by Pietro Cascella and Steps towards an evolutionary physics by Sven Jørgensen.
Enzo Tiezzi is author of more than 500 scientific papers, most in prestigious international peer reviewed journals with high impact factor. He has received several wards and prizes for his unique scientific contribution: In the 2003 Eminent Scientist Award by the Wessex Institute of Technology WIT, Great Britain., the gold medal of the Italian Chemical Society, Environmental Chemistry and Cultural Heritage Division in 2002 and that of the President of the Council of Ministers in 2003. In 2004 he received the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences for Physics and Chemistry. He was awarded the Prize for Art and Science, 2005, at the Palazzo della Ragione in Mantova and the Prigogine Award 2005, Senior Researcher Medal at the University of Cadiz. We was awarded the San Valentino gold medal of the city of Terni in 2006. In 2008 he received the gold medal “G.B. Bonino” of the Italian Chemical Society, Physical Chemistry Division and the prize “Casato Prime Donne” – MPS Capital Services Bank for Enterprises for the book “The road to sustainability”. In 2008 he received in Siena the “Mangia d’oro” prize from the Concistoro del Monte del Mangia.
Enzo was not only a positive and creative scientist but he was also positiv in his attitude to other people. He was never - many scientists unfortunately are – self-promoting, but because he loved science, he gave room for other scientists to contribute to science. I will miss Enzo very very much - his warm friendship, his creativity, his ideas and his smile.
Let me quote the words that Bernie Patten and I have written after a paper that is submitted for a special issue of Ecological Modelling for the memory and tributary of Enzo Tiezzi:
We will miss our friend Enzo Tiezzi—quiet scholar, warm spirit, renaissance man from where the Renaissance began ...
Let no Sunrise′ yellow noise ~ Interrupt this ground
Sven Erik Jørgensen
The 17th of February 2012 Professor Lev Kudryavtsev, member of Eurasc and Blaise Pascal Medal awardee (2004) in Mathematics and Computational Sciences, passed away.
The European Academy of Sciences lost a very appreciated member. Each photo links to articles found on the web about his work.
The 30th of December 2012, Professor Rita Levi - Montalcini, member of EURASC and Leonardo da Vinci 2009 awardee, passed away.
Born in Turin on April 22, 1909, Rita Levi Montalcini was with her twin sister the youngest of four children. Her parents were Adamo Levi, an electrical engineer and gifted mathematician, and Adele Montalcini, a talented painter.
Her family had what she called, a typical Victorian style of life, all decisions being taken by the head of the family, the husband and father who believed that a professional career would interfere with the duties of a wife and mother.
However, at twenty, Rita Levi Montalcini realized that she could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by her father, and asked him permission to engage in a professional career. In eight months she filled her gaps in Latin, Greek and mathematics, graduated from high school, and entered medical school in Turin as student of the famous Italian histologist, Giuseppe Levi who learned to approach scientific problems in a most rigorous way at a time when such an approach was still unusual.
In 1936, she graduated from medical school with a summa cum laude degree in Medicine and Surgery, and enrolled in the three year specialization in neurology and psychiatry, still uncertain whether she should devote herself fully to the medical profession or pursue at the same time basic research in neurology. Her straining is shortened in 1938 by the promulgation of laws barring academic and professional careers to non-Aryan Italian citizens. Between the two alternatives left to her, either to emigrate to the United States, or to pursue some activity that needed neither support nor connection with the outside world, she decided to build a small research unit in her bedroom in Turin where she began studying the nervous system in chick embryos with Giuseppe Levi back to Turin after escaping from Belgium invaded by Nazis.
At the end of the war, she resumed her academic positions at the University of Turin and in the Fall of 1947, at the invitation from Professor Viktor Hamburger, a leading scientist in experimental neuroembryology, she joined him at the Washington University in Saint-Louis, Missouri (USA) to repeat the experiments which she had performed many years earlier in the chick embryo. Although she had planned to remain in St. Louis for only ten to twelve months, the excellent results of our research made it imperative to postpone her return to Italy. In 1956 she was offered the position of Associate Professor and in 1958 that of Full Professor, a position which she held until retirement in 1977.
It is precisely in St. Louis that in 1954 with her colleague Stanley Cohen she uncovered the nature and mechanism of action of a protein molecule which became known, on account of its biological properties, as the "Nerve Growth Factor" (NGF). It is for this discovery that in 1986 Rita Levi Montalcini and Stanley Cohen received the Nobel Prize.
This brilliant American career did not make her forget her native land. From 1961 to 1969 she directed the Research Centre of Neurobiology of the National Research Council (Rome), and founded in 2002 in Rome a European Brain Research Institute.
In addition to her scientific activities she carried on till the end, Rita Levi Montalcini had an intense social and political life. In 1999, she was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In 2001, she was appointed as Senator for Life by the then President of the Italian Republic and served it until her death. Her last fight was in favor of African women through her Foundation “Onlus” so that they can receive education, professional training to enable them to have their lives in their own hands.
Rita Levi Montalcini passed away on 30 December 2012 in Rome, Italy. She was 103 years old. Her work has revolutionized the study of neuronal development. She was and remains an example of civic consciousness, culture and research spirit.
First woman president of the Italian Encyclopedia (1993-1998), Rita Levi-Montalcini was a member of the most prestigious scientific academies, such as the Italian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences in the United States and the Royal Society of London. She was a member of the European Academy of sciences where she received the Leonardo da Vinci Award 2009, during the Ceremony of Awards in Bologna.
Edgardo D. Carosella
January 11, 2013
The 4th of May 2013, Professor Christian de Duve, Honorary Member of EURASC and Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine passed away.
Christian de Duve was born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, Great Britain, as a son of Belgian refugees. They returned to Belgium in 1920. Christian de Duve was educated by the Jesuits at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwecollege in Antwerp, before studying at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he became a professor in 1947. He specialized in subcellular biochemistry and cell biology and discovered peroxisomes and lysosomes, cell organelles.
In 1962 Christian de Duve joined the faculty of what is now Rockefeller University in New York City, dividing his time between New York and Leuven. He took emeritus status at Université catholique de Louvain in 1985 and at Rockefeller in 1988, though he continued to conduct research. Amongst other subjects, de Duve studied the distribution of enzymes in rat liver cells using rate-zonal centrifugation. Christian de Duve′s work on cell fractionation provided an insight into the function of cell structures.
In 1960, Christian de Duve was awarded the Francqui Prize for Biological and Medical Sciences. He was awarded the shared Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1974, together with Albert Claude and George E. Palade, for describing the structure and function of organelles (lysosomes and peroxisomes) in biological cells. His later years have been mostly devoted to origin of life studies, which he admits is still a speculative field.
His work has contributed to the emerging consensus that the endosymbiotic theory is correct; this idea proposes that mitochondria, chloroplasts, and perhaps other organelles of eukaryotic cells originated as prokaryote endosymbionts, which came to live inside eukaryotic cells.
Christian de Duve proposes that peroxisomes may have been the first endosymbionts, which allowed cells to withstand the growing amounts of free molecular oxygen in the Earth′s atmosphere. Since peroxisomes have no DNA of their own, this proposal has much less evidence than the similar claims for mitochondria and chloroplasts.
He became Honorary Member of EURASC in 2007.
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We recently received the very sad news that Prof. Dr. Sven Erik Jorgensen passed away on March 5th at age 81.
Sven Jorgensen has been one of the most eminent ecologists through the history, and has made a huge contribution to the ecological theory as well as to different issues related to the application of science to solve many different environmental problems. Sven Jorgensen founded the International Society on Ecological Modelling and the journal “Ecological Modelling”, which are currently the world’s main references for the conceptual and mathematical representation of ecological systems. He published more than 300 peer-review papers in a discipline, such as Ecology, where the collection of data for having a good background for any publication usually requires big efforts and many time. He wrote many books, from which those dealing with ecological modelling and systems ecology are the preferred references for specialists. He was also the editor-in-chief of the “Encyclopaedia of Ecology”, which covers all the scientific knowledge on Ecology.
Among many other distinctions, Prof. Jorgensen was awarded with the Blaise Pascal Medal on Environmental Sciences of EURASC in 2007, and he was the Head of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division until 2013, serving our Academy in an exceptional way. Until the last moment, Sven enjoyed his passion for science, but also shared time with his friends, family and, especially, with his recently born grandchild. We are grieved with this news and with the huge void he leaves both at a professional and personal level. On behalf of EURASC we would like to express our condolences to his family. We, as friends and colleagues, will keep Sven’s scientific and personal legacy in our memory.
Prof. Jorgensen during the Ceremony of Awards, at the Palais d′Egmont (Brussels), 2007
Head of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Division
Professor Hans Petter Langtangen, a member of our Academy, and a past Officer of the Computational and Information Sciences Division, passed away on October 10th at the age of 54.
Hans Petter was an extraordinary researcher, lecturer, and supervisor. He has authored many fantastic books on software and methods for numerically solving differential equations that have become very popular and have influenced the field of computational science and engineering considerably. Hans Petter was always open, generous, full of energy and passion, continuously spreading ideas and inspiration around him. He will continue to be remembered by many people for years to come.
We recently received the very sad news that Prof. Robert Goldstein passed away on September 24th, 2017 at age 77.
It is with great sadness to announce to the academic community the passing away of Professor Robert Goldstein on September 24, 2017. He was 77. Robert was member of the European Academy of Sciences (EAS) and served on the scientific committee of the Engineering Division of EAS for many years.
Professor Goldstein is well-known for his pioneering, innovative and outstanding work in the fields of solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, mechanics of materials, strength and fracture in micro- and nanoelectronics, engineering applications of solid mechanics, among others. He made seminal contributions in scale interaction at fracture (from nano- to macro-scales), fracture in micro- and nanoelectronics, fracture at technological processes and fracture of composite materials by blending experiments and their analytical formulations. He served as a member of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) in which I was President from 2006 to 2010 and the International Congress on Fracture (ICF). Dr. Goldstein’s work has resulted in over 350 publications in technical journal and conference proceedings, two books and sixteen editorships of books and special issues of international journals.
Because of his impressive scientific achievements, Prof. Goldstein has been recipient of many prestigious awards including Honorary Fellow of ICF-WASI, Honorary Member of ESIS, Honorary Fellow of ESIS, among others. He served as member of executive committees of ESIS and ICF-WASI for many years. He received many state awards including Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, State Prize of the Russian Federation in Science and Techniques, Order of Honor, among others. He was invited to deliver numerous Plenary Lectures at international conferences, including the International Conference on Recent Advances in Mechanics - Dedicated to the Late Academician - Professor Pericles S. Theocaris, Athens, Greece, 2009, the 18th European Conference of Fracture, Dresden, Germany, 2010, the First and Second Greek-Russian Symposium on Advanced Solid and Fracture Mechanics, Xanthi, Greece, 2011 and 2015. He delivered an invited lecture at the 2012 IUTAM Congress in Beijing, China, 2012.
I considered myself privileged to have Robert as a friend. I have always been impressed by Robert’s unique intellectual curiosity, elegant blend of mathematics and experimentation and his consistent involvement on novel research topics. He was respected as Ambassador of ESIS and ICF-WASI wherever he went, and he was a model-member who inspired junior members to actively serve structural integrity. He was a professional with candor, a promoter of fracture and failure mechanics tools and techniques. His work and ideas will be indelibly imprinted on the history of engineering mechanics.
Robert will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues and friends. Let God rest his sole where the just repose.
Emmanuel E. Gdoutos
Professor, Full member of the Academy of Athens, Greece
We recently received the very sad news that Prof. Guillermo Velarde passed away on January 12, 2018.
Guillermo Velarde was Professor Chair of Nuclear Physics since 1973 at the Industrial Engineering College of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and General of Division of the Spanish Air Force.
In 2007 he was appointed Member of the European Academy of Sciences.
Professor Velarde started as early as 1958 at the Spanish Atomic Energy Commission. Very early in the 70’s he pushed forward research in Inertial Confinement Fusion Physics (ICF) with an small and outstanding group developing several integrated/coupled codes for Radiation-Hydrodynamic and Particle Transport Physics (NORMA, CLARA and NORCLA) to study the implosion and burning of fusion-fission and pure fusion targets. The results of these codes were published in different papers from 1976 onwards and they had a large international impact among the fusion scientific community, attracting the interest of laboratories such as Kernforchungszentrun Karlsruhe (Germany), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA), Institute of Laser Engineering Osaka University (Japan), Lebedev Institute Moscow (Russian Federation) and Commissariat d’Energie Atomique (France).
The history of those early activities of Inertial Confinement Fusion Research was published with original articles and contributions from the pioneers in the book Inertial Confinement Fusion: A Historical Approach by its Pioneers that he edited in 2007. This book is considered as recommended reading by the Euro EUROfusion Consortium of the European Commission.
In 1981 Guillermo Velarde founded the Instituto de Fusión Nuclear (IFN) within the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. From its beginnings the IFN started a high international level of scientific relationships in the different research fields associated to obtain energy from Inertial Confinement Fusion. This effort played a key fundamental role in the promotion and maintenance of research in the Fusion for Inertial Confinement in EURATOM, through its decision-making committees such as the Consultative Committee Euratom-Fusion and in the Keep in Touch ICF Programs throughout the Framework Programs V, VI, VII. Guillermo Velarde was president of the Keep in Touch from 1998 to 2006. These programs are currently continuing in EUROFusion with the Towards Inertial Fusion Energy Project.
Professor Velarde also reinforced the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the area of Laser Fusion Energy. He, together with other outstanding scientists, wrote the IAEA book Energy from Inertial Fusion and boosted several successive and successful IAEA Coordinated Research Projects in Inertial Fusion.
In 1988, Guillermo Velarde (IFN) and Eric Storm (LLNL) suggested the signature of the Madrid Manifesto during the ECLIM Conference that was held in Madrid. The Madrid Manifesto proposed an open international collaboration in ICF. The Manifesto received immediate and enthusiastic support of significant ICF leaders and was signed by over 130 scientists around the world.
He authored 8 books, among others “Quantum Mechanics” (McGraw Hill, 2002); co-edited 6, and published 325 papers.
Along his life he received several awards and recognitions to his outstanding research, being the most important ones the Edward Teller Award in 1997 for his pioneering research and leadership in the use of laser and ion-particle beams to produce unique high-temperature and high-density matter for scientific research; the Archie Harms Award for this research on emerging energy systems in 1998. In 2011, the Spanish Armed Forces granted him the Marqués de Santa Cruz de Marcenado Award for his outstanding scientific work in the Armed Forces.
Professor Velarde will be always among us, his colleagues and disciples.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Professor, Member of the Presidium of the European Academy of Sciences
We have to deplore the death of our distinguished Fellow Professor Alajos Kalman, member of our Academy since 2003, deceased on December 26, 2017.
Prof. Kalman was recognized as a specialist in chemical crystallography and for his research on molecular structures, and was a pioneer in the ′comprehensive characterisation and description of isostructurality in organic crystals acting as a super molecule′ . He was Chairman of the Association of Hungarian Chemists for more than 20 years, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and received numerous awards (https://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A1lm%C3%A1n_Alajos).
Regarding my personal meetings with our famous Fellow, I would like to underline his ′finesse′ in the scientific explanations he gave to ... a lawyer like me, and praise again his wonderful sense of humour when he was explaining his complex work to non scientific minds (like mine): it was wonderful.
We were very honoured to have Prof. Kalman among our Fellows.
Hélène de Rode
Perpetual Secretary of EurASc
The European Academy of Sciences will award 5 Blaise Pascal Medals in 2019 during its next Ceremony of Awards.
Prof. Federico Rosei, will be awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal in Materials Science.
Prof. David Milstein, will be awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal in Chemistry.
Prof. Jean Rossier, will be awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal in Medicine and Life Sciences.
Prof. Quan Wang, will be awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal in Engineering.
Prof. Luigi Ambrosio, will be awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal in Mathematics.
We warmly congratulate the Medallists.
Commissioner Carlos Moedas met the Representatives of the European Academy of Sciences in Brussels on December 3rd, 2018. On this occasion, Prof. Rodrigo Martins, President of the European Academy of Sciences, has presented the Petition in favor of "Horizon Europe".
To see more information about the Petition in favor of "Horizon Europe", follow this link
T. Peter Brody, George H. Heilmeier, Wolfgang Helfrich, and Martin Schadt will receive the Charles Stark Draper Prize — a $500,000 annual award that honors engineers whose accomplishments have significantly benefited society — “for the engineering development of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that is utilized in billions of consumer and professional devices.”
The Liquid crystal display (LCDs) is used by virtually everyone in the modern world on a daily basis. It is the medium through which people get information from a variety of everyday devices – including calculators, clocks, computer monitors, smart phones, and television screens. T. Peter Brody, George H. Heilmeier, Wolfgang Helfrich, and Martin Schadt each made substantial contributions to its development.
George Heilmeier discovered the dynamic scattering mode (DSM), which resulted in the first operational LCD. Liquid crystals are materials that have properties of both liquids and crystals. DSM allows them to scatter light when a voltage is applied. Shortly after Heilmeier’s discovery, DSM LCDs could be widely found in watches and calculators.
Taking cues from Heilmeier’s work, Wolfgang Helfrich and Martin Schadt invented the twisted nematic (TN) field effect of liquid crystal displays. Unlike the DSM, the twisted nematic field effect electrically controls the polarization state of transmitted light of LCDs. It requires virtually no power and small electric fields. The contrast of light is very large, allowing short switching from dark to bright and vice versa. Helfrich and Schadt’s discovery of the TN allowed for the practical use of LCDs in nearly all of today’s flat panel LCD applications.
T. Peter Brody created the active matrix (AM) drive, which enabled an array of new capabilities for LCDs. Such capabilities consist of the display of high resolution motion pictures combined with fast response which are prerequisites for television. Brody’s AM LCD opened the door for further LCD advancements in television, including color filters and brightness-enhancement films.
T. Peter Brody worked at Westinghouse, where he discovered the first active matrix displays. He later started his own firm, Panelvision, and then went on to become the president and CEO of Amedeo. In addition to his contributions to LCD technology, his numerous patents include a low-cost color filter process and a high-resolution printing process. Brody is also the co-founder of the Advantech in-line fabrication process, designed to create backplanes for the next generation of OLED displays. Brody passed away in September 2011; the award will be presented to his family.
George Heilmeier joined RCA in 1958 where he discovered the dynamic scattering- and a guest-host electro-optical effect in liquid crystals. After serving as a White House fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense, he was appointed Assistant Director for Defense Research and Engineering, Electronic and Physical Sciences. From 1974 to 1977, Heilmeier was the director of the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA). He then became senior vice president and chief technical officer at Texas Instruments. Heilmeier later served as the president and CEO of Bellcore, and eventually as chairman and chairman emeritus.
Wolfgang Helfrich, while at RCA, set up a theory of conduction-induced alignment of nematic liquid crystals as a first step towards a theory of dynamic scattering. In 1970 he joined Hoffmann-LaRoche where he and Martin Schadt began their cooperation. Afterwards he accepted a professorship at the Free University of Berlin. Since then his theoretical and experimental research centered on fluid bilayer membranes and their vesicles. .
Martin Schadt patented the first organic light emitting display (OLED) in 1969 as a post doc fellow at Canada’s National Research Council. He then joined the Laboratoire Suisse de Recherche Horlogère at Neuchâtel of Omega. Two years later he became a member of the newly founded research group at the Central Research Center of Hoffmann-La Roche working on liquid crystal field-effects and LC-materials. He was appointed head of the liquid crystal department inventing many new electro-optical effects, commercial liquid crystal materials and the photo-polymer liquid crystal alignment technology. From 1994 he headed the spin-off company Rolic Ltd. as its CEO. He is active as a scientific adviser to governments and industrial research groups.
On December 2, 2011, The President of EURASC, Professor Vincenzo Capasso, has been elected Fellow of the prestigious Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) the UK National Institute.
Ni-bin Chang, a University of Central Florida environmental engineering professor, spent his childhood swimming in rivers, climbing mountains and even jumping into drainage ditches to catch fish with his bare hands.
This fall, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the acclaimed journal Science, has elected him as a fellow for his research accomplishments in environmental sustainability and ecosystem restoration.
The professor Terence G. Langdon (Member of the Presidium of EURASC and Blaise Pascal Medallist 2008), September 17-21, 2012, is the winner of the 2012 Acta Materialia Gold Medal. The Award Ceremony will be held as part of the E-MRS Fall Meeting in Warsaw, Poland.
The Acta Materialia Gold Medal is awarded annually by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc.
The award ceremony and an Acta Materialia Gold Medal Symposium will be held as part of the E-MRS Fall Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on 17–21 September, 2012.
The Symposium and Ceremony of Awards of the European Academy of Sciences took place at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF Center) in Bielefeld (Germany), on October 18-20, 2018.
The Symposium was entitled "“Integrity and Responsibility in Science: Navigating through Conflicting Social and Epistemic Demands”.
The Ceremony of Awards has rewarded 6 Blaise Pascal Medals and 1 Leonardo da Vinci Award. The Blaise Pascal Medallists are Prof. Avelino Corma, in Chemistry; Prof. Carlos Duarte, in Earth Sciences; Prof. Emmanuel Gdoutos, in Engineering; Prof. Paolo Samori, in Materials Science; Prof. Alice Guionnet, in Mathematics; and Prof. Peter Hänggi, in Physics. Prof. Sir John Ball has received the Leonardo da Vinci Award.
The last Presidium and Executive Committee Meetings of EurASc took place in Brussels, on April 12th, 2018.
The President of the European Academy of Sciences, Alain Tressaud and its Presidium invite you to the reception, organized on April 13th, 2018, at 11.30 a.m, to be held at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels, for the occasion of the taking office of the new President Rodrigo Martins and the new Heads of Divisions and Officers.
Watch videos :
Ceremony of Inauguration of the new EurASc President & General - Prof. Hélène de Rode
Ceremony of Inauguration of the new EurASc President & General - Prof. Alain Tressaud
Ceremony of Inauguration of the new EurASc President & General - Prof. Fernando Santana
Ceremony of Inauguration of the new EurASc President & General - Dr. Carlos Moedas
11.30 - General presentation of EurASc, by Professor Alain Tressaud, President
11.40 - Announcement of the new mandates of the President, Vice President, Heads of Divisions and Officers, by Professor Hélène de Rode, Perpetual Secretary
11.50 - The new projects for EurASc, by Professor Rodrigo Martins, new President
12.10 - Speech of the European Commissioner at Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas
12.30 - Presentation of cooperation projects between EurASc and Portuguese Academies, by the President of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering
12.40 to 13.00 - Drink
13.00 to 14.15 - Lunch
14.30 - Public meeting of the General Board of EurASc, with presentation by Professor Martin Carrier, Head of the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities Division, of the next symposium and Ceremony of Awards of EurASc in Bielefeld (Germany); description of future activities; discussion with participants.
Prof. Alain Tressaud was invited to give a plenary lecture at the opportunity of the 2018- Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4-7 November , 2018, a Symposium that was attended by 6 Nobel winners.
The European Academy of Sciences has been invited by the UNESCO to participate in the World Science Forum 2017 from November 7th to 11th in the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea – Jordan. Prof. Alain Tressaud, President of EurASc and Prof. Hélène de Rode, Perpetual Secretary of EurASc have represented our Academy during this event.
UNESCO has invited Prof. Hélène de Rode to give a lecture on "An Arab Charter of Ethics for Human – Centered Science and Technology in the Arab Region".
The World Science Forum 2017 is organised jointly by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council for Science(ICSU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), and the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan (RSS).
For more information about this event, please follow this link
To read the complete programme, please follow this link
To download the report of Prof. de Rode (PDF file), please click here.
Prof. Tommaso Calarco, member of the Presidium of EurASc, has initiated the next "FET-Flagships" meeting and will speak at this occasion.
Prof. Rodrigo Martins, Vice President of EurASc is invited to present a communication on “Missions: the challenges for a better Europe”, in which EurASc strategy is involved.
This conference "Industrial Innovation Info Days" is organized by Luca Polizzi from the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, Unit for Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials (Luca.POLIZZI@ec.europa.eu).
For more information, please visit the website here.
Prof. Alain Tressaud, President a.i of EurASc, will present the goals and major activities of the European Academy of Sciences, during the ALLEA Conference, in which EurASc is associated, which will take place in Budapest (Hungary), on September 4-6, 2017.
For more information, please visite the website here.
Please find below an email from Prof. Tommaso Calarco, Officer of the Scientific Committee of the Physics Division :
"Dear colleagues and friends,
Ttwo weeks ago many of you received the message below about the Quantum Manifesto.
Up to now, 900 people endorsed it, but we would like to reach a few thousands endorsements. I understand that not everybody is aware that endorsements are open to everyone who is working in our field in Europe, including each student of each group.
This is extremely important to show to European decision makers how strong the support from the scientific community is.
So if you agree with the Manifesto, please go to http://qurope.eu/manifesto (where you can also download it), state your name, affiliation and organization type, and click "Submit".
If you are signing as a representative of a whole institution or group of people, please indicate that in the Comments field.
Thanks a lot for your support!
PS: please distribute as widely as possible, to get as many endorsement as we can."
The Netherlands is holding this conference in the context of the Presidency of The European Union, in cooperation with the European Commission and the QuTech centre for quantum technology. The conference will take place on 17-18 May 2016 in Europe Building (Amsterdam) and will gather high level representatives from industry, academia and policy communities. During the event a Quantum Manifesto will be presented containing a comprehensive strategy to ensure Europe remains at the forefront of this emerging technology.
For more information, please visit the website here
/!\ Participation of the conference is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, but did not yet receive a ‘Save the Date’ message, please send an email to email@example.com
Prof. Antonio Bianconi, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences organizes the first Ugo Fano Symposium in Rome (Italy), from December 17th to 19th, 2015.
For any further information, you can visit this link.
The European Academy of Sciences has been invited by the UNESCO to participate to its roundtable: "Galvanizing Science Education and Research for Fostering an Innovation Culture in the Arab Region", during the "World Science Forum". This event will take place in Budapest (Hungary) from November 4th to November 7th, 2015. Prof. Hélène de Rode, Perpetual Secretary of EURASC, will represent our Academy during this event.
For more information about this event, please follow this link
The members of the European Academy of Sciences are invited at the first edition of the Brussels Global Law Weekorganized by the Perelman Centre on May 18th to 22nd, 2015.
For more information, you can visit the website here.
Prof. Hélène de Rode, Perpetual Secretary of the European Academy of Sciences attended the Seminar-Concert (Queen Christina of Sweden, the European) organized by Prof. Claude Imbert, member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Division of EURASC, on April 21st, 2015, at the Palais des Académies in Brussels (Belgium)
The 21st International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry (21stISFC) will be organized jointly with the 6th International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies 2015 (ISoFT’15) in Como (Italy) from 23rd August to 28th August 2015.
This joint event will cover all aspects of fluorine chemistry and fluorous technologies, spanning materials science, energy applications, sustainable processes, biomedicine, and nanotechnology. The program will comprise invited lectures by internationally renowned speakers working in academia, industrial laboratories, and research institutes. Oral presentations and poster sessions will give participants an occasion to disseminate their results and to become acquainted with the latest developments in all fields related to fluorine chemistry and fluorous technologies.
Particular emphasis will be given on creating opportunities for young scientists to networking with both peers and recognized leaders in all fields wherein fluorine offers an extra value.
For more information about this event, please click on this link.
Click here to see the website of the joint symposia of EXPO 2015
Prof. Edgardo Carosella, Head of the Medicine and Life Sciences Division, invites our members to the 7th International Conference on HLA-G he organizes in Paris, on July 6th to 8th, 2015. Click here for the call for abstracts.
Prof. Joachain, Head of the Physics Division, President of the Royal Academy of Belgium, invites our members to a symposium on "Février 1945, la conférence de Yalta. Géopolitique d′un désastre pour la Pologne et pour l′Europe », at Brussels, 20 and 21 February 2015:
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The Twenty-third Annual International Conference on COMPOSITES/NANO ENGINEERING (ICCE-23) will take place in Chengdu, China, on July 12-18, 2015 .
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The bi-annual EuroNanoForum Conference, organised under the Latvian EU Presidency will take place in Riga from 10 to 12 June 2015.
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Brussels (Belgium), from June 30 to July 5, 2014 - Prof. Claude Debru, President of EURASC, has the pleasure to invite our members to the 19th annual meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences, at Palais des Académies, in Brussels, from June 30 to July 5, 2014, and particularly the session of July 4th, where he will present a lecture : "Michel Jouvet’s discovery of paradoxical sleep and functional implications".
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The European Commission invites the European Academy of Sciences to participate to the workshop: "The Future and Emerging Technologies unit (FET Flagship)" (Brussels, April 29th, 2014).
Professor Charles Joachain, Head of Physics Division and Prof. Peter Zoller, member of the Physics Scientific Committee took the initiative to mandate Prof. Tommaso Calarco to represent the Academy to this workshop. Indeed, Prof. Tommaso Calarco is one of the best experts in the field.
We asked to Prof. Calarco to describe the stakes of this workshop.
"The Future and Emerging Technologies unit (FET) of the European Commission has launched at the end of 2013 two FET Flagship initiatives, the "Human Brain Project" (HBP) and Graphene. FET Flagships represent a new model for research and innovation in Europe: they are large scale, long term, science-driven and roadmap-based initiatives that are supposed to have the potential to bring transformational impact on science and technology, as well on economy and society at large. The EC is now undertaking a consultation in preparation for a policy working paper on the FET Flagships model for European Research and Innovation, whose purpose will be to:
In this context, the EC has invited EURASC, among other key science and technology stakeholders, to a workshop on 29th April 2014 to gather feedback on the FET Flagship scheme, in view of its future evolution. This is a major opportunity for the scientific community to give direct input not only about topics to be considered for possible upcoming Flagships, but also - and perhaps most importantly - about the ways in which the FET Flagship program should be structured to better serve the needs of science and society, building on the lessons being learned throughout the initial stage of the program itself. The outcome of the workshop could bring about a significant improvement in this strategic funding scheme, and therefore EURASC has decided to delegate a representative to participate in the workshop.
I am very honored by being indicated as the EURASC representative, and I am fully aware of the need to do my best in order to be up to the task."
Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco
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Paris (France), Foundation Singer-Polignac, 29-30 April 2014, Professor Edgardo Carosella, Chairman of the Academic Council, invites our members to the Academic Conference he organizes in Paris : "Nature et Artifice - L′Homme face à l′Evolution de sa propre essence".
For any further information about the program and the speakers, find below the links of this Conference.
The Forum Scientiarum of the University of Tübingen is organizing an one-week International Interdisciplinary Summer School on "The Neurobiology of Emotions and Feelings": with António Damásio (University of Southern California, USA) and Sabine Döring (University of Tübingen, Germany). The summerschool will take place during this year`s Unseld Lectures with the Lecturer António Damásio.
For further information about the Unseld Lectures as well as the workshop please see the call for applications on our website www.unseld-lectures.de/cfa
We ask you to circulate the call within your institutions mailinglists and, if possible, would appreciate the call´s publication on your website in order to reach all prospective participants of a wide range of scientific disciplines and fields of specialization.
Application Deadline: February 20th, 2014.
The interdisciplinary summer school will take place at the Forum Scientiarum of Tübingen University, from June 2nd - June 6th, 2014. During the summer school, twenty graduate students and junior scientists from all over the world will have the opportunity to discourse concepts of feelings and emotions with this year′s Unseld lecturer António Damásio and our second lecturer Sabine Döring. The participants will also attend the Unseld Lecture held by António Damásio and an interdisciplinary colloquium, both open to the public.
The XII international conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO 2014) is one of the largest top-rated international congresses bringing together a World community of scientists and engineers interested in recent developments on nanostructured materials in various renowned areas. NANO 2014 is organized by Lomonosov Moscow State University and will take place in Moscow, Russia on July 13 – 18, 2014. This unique scientific event promoted by the International Committee on Nanostructured Materials continues the prestigious series of biannual conferences held since 1992 in Cancun - Mexico (1992), Stuttgart - Germany (1994), Kona - Hawaii, USA (1996), Stockholm - Sweden (1998), Sendai - Japan (2000), Orlando - USA (2002), Wiesbaden - Germany (2004), Bangalore - India (2006), Rio de Janeiro - Brazil (2008), Rome - Italy (2010), Rhodes - Greece (2012). In 2014, the Congress will be held in Russia for the fist time in comfortable summer time, in the green and very domestic campus of the best Russian University.
NANO 2014 attracts the outstanding scientists in chemistry, physics, mechanics, computer simulation, biomedical applications, advanced characterization techniques of nanostructured materials from all over the world. The primary objective of NANO 2014 is to discuss comprehensively and disseminate widely state-of-the-art research, recent achievements, global trends, an exchange of novel ideas, concepts, techniques and exciting perspectives in nanoscience, nanotechnology and related rapidly developing fields. The full range of topics at the frontier of science will be presented in 9 plenary lectures and more that 100 invited talks of world leaders of nanoscience, discussed in 12 technical sessions gathering about 80 hot topics and headed by distinguished scientists, viewed at the congress exhibition hall, debated among posters of talented young scientists competing for congress special awards.
Further details on the website of this website : http://www.nano2014.org/
Professor Ruslan Valiev, Blaise Pascal Medallist in Materials Science in 2011 and invited speaker at the NANOSMAT Conference (Dublin, 8-11 September, 2014), presents a speak about "Bulk nanostructured metals multifonctionnal coatings for applications in engineering and medicine".
For any further information about the NANOSMAT Conference, please find below the link of the website.
As a tribute to Prof. Gleiter and to celebrate his lifelong contributions in physics and materials science, a workshop covering a wide range of topics will be held on the occasion of his 75th birthday in Karlsruhe from November 14th-15th, 2013.
Distinguished scientists from around the world will join Professor Gleiter in this celebration with a festival of lectures.
A special evening reception in honor of Professor Gleiter′s 75th birthday will be held on November 14th as a part of the workshop.
It would be a great honor to welcome you at this workshop in Karlsruhe.
Jean-Marie Lehn, Strasbroug
Ke Lu, Shenyang
Ruslan Valiev, Ufa
Jackie Ying, Singapore
Eduard Arzt, Saarbrücken
Reiner Kircheim, Göttingen
Further details will soon be available on the website of the Institute for Nanotechnolgy : www.int.kit.edu
Deadline for the workshop registration : September 15th, 2013
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Nanotechnology
Contact : Birgit Limmer
KIT-Campus North, FTU
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Phone : +49 721-60826350
Fax : +49 721-608-26368
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
ITS is expanding into the next stage of mobility and society.
Starting with safety and traffic management as basic concerns, ITS is reaching out to three new domains: energy management, personalized mobility services navigated by big data, and resilient transport systems. The first two stem from the emergence of electrified vehicles and continuously advancing ICT technologies, and the third concept of resilient transport has become very important since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. At the same time, mobility in mega cities/regions is a major issue to be addressed in emerging economies, especially in Asia.
Open has been adopted as the key word for expanding the potential of ITS: open platforms for basic concerns, and open connectivity, opportunities and collaboration for the three new domains.
Every country is seriously concerned about traffic congestion and casualties, since they have great impact on the economy and energy resources. New innovative technologies along with law enforcement initiatives can achieve safer and smoother traffic. Various technical approaches and enforcements will be discussed.
Regardless of mode of transport, society requires lower-emission mobility. More electrified vehicles including EV, HEV, pHEV and FCV are being launched, requiring closer information exchange between vehicles and infrastructure. Efficient energy management systems ranging from the home to community level will be discussed in relation to electrified vehicles as one component of such systems. New innovative personalized vehicles, including mobility for aging societies, will also be discussed as next-generation solutions.
Many mega cities/regions are suffering from substantial transport stresses, many of which are caused by lack of transport capacity due to rapid urbanization and motorization. Possible measures to ease such strains will be discussed based on past experiences and best practices in various cities/regions.
Optimal mode combination is the key to transporting people and goods. Public transport combined with various personal modes of transport will be discussed in the context of human mobility. Another solution is harmonization of bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) with private vehicles, including safety issues. Discussion of goods distribution will focus on efficient and secure handling of goods and cutting-edge EDI technologies.
ICT brings various new services/businesses into reality by deploying big data via information networks. Information is collected from and delivered to mobile devices. Some services are already in the market and this is an area with high potential for entry by business newcomers. Various possibilities and examples will be discussed.
Transport systems must be robust enough to support daily life in disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, including preventive approaches. Readiness training involving the general public and collaboration between relevant agencies is also important. Information on experiences and lessons learned will be shared to discuss various resilient transport systems in terms of concept, design, structure and evaluation.
Various institutional approaches and cross-organizational cooperation will be necessary to ensure a livable society with enhanced mobility on a global scale in the future. This topic will cover a wide range of issues including regulation and enforcement, funding and costs/benefits, security and privacy, standardization and architecture as well as professional education and training.
ECASIA′13, the 15th European Conference on Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis, is an excellent opportunity for the exchange of the latest among scientists from universities, research centres, industry, government and suppliers of surface analytical equipment and software.
The scientific program of the 15th European Conference on Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis (ECASIA′13) will consist of plenary and keynote lectures, oral presentations in parallel sessions, poster contributions and a full state-of-the-art instrument exhibition.
Several social events such as a welcome reception on sunday evening, conference excursion and conference dinner will facilitate the contact among all participants and accompaining persons
Lyon, 24-26 March 2013, 8th Edition of Biovision World Life Sciences Forum, Biovision is a three-day international Forum, held in Lyon every two years. It fosters a productive dialogue on Life Sciences discoveries and their impact on society and citizens, through debates with all stakeholders: academia, private sector, policy makers and civil society representatives. Topics include the most recent advances in Life Sciences as well as global issues in health, nutrition and environment.
For 2013, we want, in addition, to leverage BioVision as an action catalyzer, fostering collaboration integrating innovation and accelerating the emergence of solutions for the benefit of citizens. Reflecting this positioning, our theme will be "From Life Sciences to Sciences for Life", which will be declined in 6 focuses.
- "Microorganisms: risks and opportunities for human beings"
- "Feeding the planet without consuming it"
- "Can Science and Health Benefit from Collective Intelligence?"
- "Improving Human Capacities"
- "Same Medicine for All?"
- "Can we Escape Lifestyle Diseases?"
Each focus includes a "Prospective Lab" to share a prospective vision, and a "Collaboration Catalyser" to identify innovation projects and build actions plans.
New in 2013, we will also have a special country focus on Brazil.
If you want more information about this forum, click here.
Vienna - Austria, from 22nd to 26th October 2012, ITS World Congress, From 22 to 26 October 2012, ERTICO - ITS EUROPE, in close co-operation with its counterpart regional organisations and the Host organisation, is organising the 19th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) in Vienna, Austria.
The energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly transport policy using intelligent systems and services has continually proved to be of great importance in Europe and worldwide. Within the theme ′Smarter on the way′, the Vienna ITS World Congress is going to deal with innovative systems for the improvement of mobility..
Click here to read the full article and going to the main events calendar to see all forthcoming events
Istanbul-Turkey, from September 10th to 14th, 2012, Prof. Dr. Kerim Allahverdi, Fellow of Eurasc, will be a Symposium Chair of the International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications (HPLS&A Istanbul 2012).
Please, find in attached Files some information he addresses to Eurasc about the International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications (HPLS&A Istanbul 2012)
Nancy from March 30th to March 31st 2011, Mrs Hélène de Rode our Vice President invites our members to the conference "World Materials Perspectives" (WMP) to be held in Nancy (France)
Information and program are available on this website : http://www.wmp-roadmaps.org/
Declaration that emerged after the “2010 Global Round Table” Event that was held on 5th November 2010 in Budapest. The document is dedicated to The President of the Republic of Hungary, H.E. Pál Schmitt and The Government of the Republic of Hungary, ensuring the Presidency of the Council of the European Union January through June 2011.
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Comments by Prof. Alajos Kálmán (Budapest) representing the European Academy of Sciences on the Global Round Table Meeting held on 4-5 November in Budapest.
The participants of the GRT meeting equally felt that the future of the rapidly and uncontrollably increasing population scattered unevenly on the Blue Planet is in danger. This explains why the meaning of the word sustainability (of many things) was analyzed meticulously. Accordingly, its meaning for each of us depends on our cultural, economical, ecological and social background. Motivated by our background each speaker attempted to elucidate the “Limits of sustainability” from this aspect. To avoid an inevitable stalemate of the excellent but mechanically repeated adjectives (which form already a dictionary) participants tried to bear in mind that e.g. the ecological sustainability is primarily depends on the indoor and outdoor problems of disparity. Disparity, like a super polyp with thousand of arms cross-links developed, developing and under-developed communities starting from empires with billions of inhabitants down to larger and smaller ethnic groups which geographically should live together although separated by incompatible religions or traditions).
What can we do? To suggest improving steps against our environmental crisis (either in short or long terms) which can be domesticated by the governments of nations, countries, etc. Of course, the good-will and/or wisdom should be applied in compromises. We must accept the fact that every government (even with an approval of the opposition) can support relevant steps in favor of sustainability, only without strong conflict(s) with local or global national interests. My proposals attempt to follow these rules.
1.) Beyond the rapidly decreasing fossil energy, its misuse e.g. in the worn diesel engines produce (mainly in the developing countries) million tons of very fine soot, which, by inhalation, may cause lung cancer. In addition, by the winds, it is continuously accumulated on the poles forming light-absorbing layers on the icebergs. This in long term is even more responsible of the global ice-melting than CO2 emanation. Solution, worn diesel engines should be removed from the traffic and/or enforce the users, by law, to repair their vehicles, or replace them, etc.
2.) Since the three Oceans form the largest ecosystem, governments of the countries which dominantly obtain their food from them, should minimize the currently applied forms of selective fishing (e.g. lobsters and other crustaceans), where the surplus (millions of living creatures) without any further selection and use, ruined and turned back into the water. Of course, such steps involve novel investments and improved technology in fishing on the high seas.
3.) The industrial tragedy happened in the last month in Western Hungary (around Ajka) where the sewage of the aluminium plant: the red dross (mainly iron-oxide diluted by strong caustic (NaOH) up to the lethal pH = 13) has been stored in large lakes surrounded by artificial walls made of enforced clinker (?). One of these storages with one million m3of red dross unexpectedly cracked and ruined three villages and the life in the adjoining brooks and rivers. Beyond the casualties (ten), thousands of people lost everything, since the red dross ruined everything, their houses, furniture, closes, cars, animals, and the whole rural area. Solution: The Hungarian Government unison with EU, should in general re-regulate the treatments (storage, or use) of all lethal byproducts, sewages of the industry, even at the expense of substantial investment and development of new technology. And these measures should be applied through Europe just in time!
EAS members are invited to the EUSCEA 2WAYS Grand Finals – see attachment:
>> imagine that thousands of pupils have discussed with scientists about future developments in life sciences,
>> imagine that hundreds of scientists and science communicators have worked to produce new science shows for the general public, and
>> imagine that all these results will be on display in Brussels – from the evening of 29 November to the evening of 1 December 2010:
Wouldn’t you like to see all this?
Then please respond shortly to this email – or register at twoways.eu/finalevent.
And – or forward this message to your colleagues and friends, who might be also interested.
>> 58 European pupils, delegated by their colleagues from Science Parliaments in 29 European cities, will discuss controversial issues of life sciences in the European Parliament;
>> 17 brand new presentations about modern, peer reviewed research projects in life sciences from 29 organisations of science festivals will be presented;
>> results of an impact study about all these activities will be shown.
We would be honoured to welcome you in Brussels at these EUSCEA 2WAYS Grand Finals.
With my best greetings from Vienna,
EUSCEA General Secretary
1230 Vienna / Austria
The XVIth International Congress on Rheology, which will be jointly organized by Portuguese, Spanish and Slovenian Society of Rheology:
Lisbon, from August 5 to August 10, 2012, Professor Igor Emri, Fellow in Eurasc, organizer and co-chaiman of the Congress, invites you to the XVIth International Congress on Rheology.
Limits to sustainability
Sustainability - Values - Responsibility
Prof Alajos Kalman (Member of the EAS) will assist and participate to this event on behalf of the Academy. As a participating organisation of the Event, the European Academy of Sciences has the privilege to provide you a downloadable invitation to the event.
Here is the INVITATION for print or download.
The Symposium and Ceremony of Awards of the European Academy of Sciences took place in the Lisbon Academy of Sciences on October 26-27, 2017. It was organised by Prof Rodrigo Martins, Vice President of EurASc.
Prof. Filippo de Angelis, from CNR-ISTM Perugia, Italy and Fellow of EurASc, and Prof. Mohammad Nazeeruddin, from EPFL, Switzerland, and Fellow of EurASc will organised with their Institution the 5th International Conference on Perovskite Solar Cells and Optoelectronics (PSCO-2019), in Lausanne (Switzerland) on September 30 to October 2, 2019.
The programme will include a combination of invited talks, contributing talks and poster presentations in a meeting which will bring a broad spectrum of the community together to discuss and share knowledge on the latest advances in perovskite materials, devices and photophysical and optoelectronic properties and phenomena.
It will host a special session dedicated to speakers working in industry and two sessions will be sponsored by two European Projects on perovskites, Espresso and PerTPV.
Based on the input from previous conferences, we will extend the scientific and social programme over three full days, this will allow us to run two parallel sessions in the afternoons, and have more time for discussion.
Educating young researchers is at the core of our mission, which will be enabled by the opening tutorial lectures, in addition to a whole series of invited talks by world leading scientists in their respective specialities.
For more information, please visit the website here
In the frame of the activities promoted by EURASC, it took place on 28th June in Brussels a debate between the head of divisions of EURASC, with Prof. R. Martins aiming to establish the impact of nanotechnologies in particular, and of Science and Technology in general, in contributing for an Innovation Agenda for Europe from which all will benefit.
The discussion has involved how the 3 main pillars of our progress do interact (Education; Creativity and Industry Application) and how science can contribute for this agenda of welfare and comfort for all.
This event was supported in the frame of EU projects Nano2All and BET-EU
Prof. Steven Laureys, Fellow of EurASc and Blaise Pascal Medallist in 2012, has been awarded the "Prix Francqui", on June 2017. For more information about Prof. Laureys and the prize, please visit the website of the "Fondation Francqui" here.
On December 3rd, a delegation of members of the European Academy of Sciences conducted by President Prof. Rodrigo Martins presented to Research & Innovation EC Commissioner, Dr. Carlos Moedas, a petition to support “Horizon Europe” program and strengthen research and innovation as the main pillars for a better Europe. The petition in favor of a substantial increase of proper resources for research and innovation at the European level, had be signed by 1000 scientists from 49 countries, including 10 Nobel Prize winners. It was presented the same day to Dr. Lauro Panella, Advisor for Research and Innovation of the President of the European Parliament, Exc. Antonio Tajani, absent from Brussels.
From left to right : Professor Alain Tressaud, Vice President of EurASc; Professor Maria Salomé Pais, Secretary General of Academia das Ciências de Lisboa; Professor Rodrigo Martins, President of EurASc; Dr. Carlos Moedas, Research & Innovation EC Commissioner; Professor Fernando Santana, President of Academia de Engenharia; Professor Jean Etourneau, member of EurASc.
The Symposium "The Future of Science in the 21st Century : Progress in Science, Progress in Society", and the Ceremony of Awards took place in the Palais des Academies, Brussels (Belgium), on November 18th and 19th, 2016. This event was a real success. The pictures of the Symposium and Ceremony of Awards are available here.
Photo by Mr. Thomas Van Ass
Prof. Claude Debru, President of EURASC; Prof. Charles Joachain, President of the Royal Academy of Belgium; Prof. Gianfranco Pacchioni, Blaise Pascal Medal 2016 in Chemistry; Prof. Elvira Fortunato, Blaise Pascal Medal 2016 in Materials Science; Prof. Ni-Bin Chang, Blaise Pascal Medal 2016 in Earth and Environmental Sciences; Prof. Alain Tressaud, Vice-President of EURASC; Prof. Hélène de Rode, Perpetual Secretary of EURASC; Prof. Isabel Maria Andrade Martins Galhardas de Moura, Professor at Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA); Prof. Maria da Graça Carvalho, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation; Dr. José Inácio Faria (MEPs - European Parliament); Dr. Antonio Vasco Alves Machado, Ambassador, Portuguese Embassy in Brussels, Belgium; Prof. Marta Catellani; Dr. Rita Magalhães (MEPs - European Parliament); Prof. Louis Legendre; Prof. Pierre Braunstein; Dr. José Gonçalves, Sr. Vice-Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Almada (Vice-President Almada Town Council); Prof. Günter Haufe; Prof. Rodrigo Martins, President of the Materials Science Department (DCM); Prof. Michael Alania; Prof. Natividad Carpintero-Santamaria; Prof. Fernando Santana, Dean of Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA); Prof. Jean Etourneau; Prof. Paul Tréguer; Prof. Luis Vega; Prof. Yuri Shokin; Prof. João Rocha; Prof. Alberto Carpinteri; Prof. Antonio Camacho; Prof. Martin Carrier; Dr. Paulo Joaquim Anacleto Costa (MEPs - European Parliament); Prof. Dimitri Batani; Prof. Robert Chang; Eng. Alain Pereira, Cabinet Chief of the Almada Town Council; Prof. Gordana Popovic; Prof. Christos Tokamanis
The Symposium "The Future of Science in the 21st Century ; climate change : impacts on oceans, food production, health and the economy", and the Ceremony of Awards took place in Le Quartz, Brest (France), on October 27th and 28th, 2015. This event was a real success. The pictures and talks of the Symposium and Ceremony of Awards are available here.
Find below a news published by the "Agence Française de la Presse"
"Brest, 27 oct 2015 (AFP) - L′Académie européenne des sciences (Eurasc) a appelé mardi à Brest les décideurs politiques et les négociateurs de la conférence de Paris sur le climat (COP21) à se mettre d′accord sur des "objectifs ambitieux" pour atténuer le changement climatique.
"L′influence de l′homme sur le système climatique est sans équivoque", estiment les 500 scientifiques réunis au sein de cette académie, dans une déclaration lue devant plus de 350 spécialistes du changement climatique et des sciences de la mer.
"L′évolution actuelle du changement climatique augmente la probabilité d′impacts graves, étendus et en partie irréversibles sur les systèmes naturels, ainsi que sur les ressources essentielles exploitées par l′homme", poursuit cet appel lancé lors d′un colloque sur l′impact du changement climatique sur l′océan, l′économie, la production de nourriture et la santé humaine. L′Académie européenne des sciences attire l′attention des décideurs politiques et des négociateurs de la COP21 de Paris sur la nécessité impérieuse de se mettre d′accord sur des objectifs ambitieux en vue d′atténuer le changement climatique et de prendre les mesures appropriées pour soutenir une adaptation acceptable par tous", poursuit cette "déclaration de Brest".
La 21e conférence sur le climat de l′ONU (COP21), qui va se tenir du 30 novembre au 11 décembre à Paris, doit donner naissance au premier accord engageant 195 pays dans la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, pour parvenir à contenir le réchauffement sous la barre des +2°. Sinon, les experts prédisent une multiplication des événements météorologiques extrêmes, une accélération dramatique de la fonte des glaciers ou de la montée du niveau des océans.
"Il faut absolument appuyer et pousser tout ce processus de la COP21", a affirmé à l′AFP le président de l′Eurasc, Claude Debru. "L′ambition de réduire à 2° le réchauffement climatique d′ici 2050 est évidemment tout à fait fondamentale pour essayer de minimiser ses conséquences à un degré qui soit supportable par les populations et en particulier les populations les plus démunies", a-t-il jugé.
Le colloque de l′Eurasc est organisé dans le cadre de la conférence Safer Seas, qui se tient jusqu′à vendredi à Brest et qui est dédiée aux problématiques de sécurité et de sûreté des navires. L′Académie européenne des sciences compte quelque 500 membres, dont 65 lauréats du prix Nobel et de la médaille Fields (équivalent du Nobel pour les mathématiques) issus de 63 pays.
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The last Ordinary General Assembly of the Presidium took place in Brussels on April 24th, 2015.
From the left to the right : Prof. Alain Tressaud, Prof. Hélène de Rode, Prof. Claude Debru, Prof. Natividad Carpintero Santamaria, and Prof. Paul Tréguer
Prof. Richard Durst was not able to attend the meeting but participate to the preliminary discussions.
The last meeting of members of EURASC took place in Porto on November 27th, 2014.
The last extraordinary meeting of the Presidium took place in Porto on November 28th, 2014
The Ceremony of Awards and Symposium, "The Future of Sciences in the 21st Century : Sciences and Ethics" took place in Porto, on November 27th and 28th, 2014.
The Ordinary Meeting of the General Board were held in Brussels on July 4th, 2014.
Symposium and Ceremony of Awards 2012 Liège, October, 25 and 26 2012 - Liège, Belgium
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Symposium and Ceremony of Awards 2013 - Toulouse (France), 2013 - Liège, Belgium
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The Ordinary Meeting of the Presidium and the Meeting of the Executive Committee were held at the Headquarters in Liege on June 4th, 2014.
General Assembly of the European Academy of Sciences, with the Ceremony of Awards 2010 The event took place in the central building of the Academy of Athens, Greece on November 5th, 2010.
Click here to open the Invitation to the Event.
Meeting of the Executive Committee and the General Board : Milano, January 14th 2011 - Universita′ degli Studi di Milano.
Meeting of the Executive Committee and the General Board : Milano, Italy November 10th 2011
General Assembly and Ceremony of Awards 2011 : Milano, Italy, November 11th 2011
General Assembly of the European Academy of Sciences, with the Ceremony of Awards 2009 (November 6th, 2009)
Prof. Benoit Perthame, Head of the Mathematics Division of EurASc has been elected member of the French Academy of Sciences on December 2017. We warmly congratulate him.
Prof. Jean Pierre Changeux, Fellow of EurASc, has received the Albert-Einstein Prize in Science (World Award of Sciences) on June 5th for his outstanding work in neurosciences.
Prof. Luis Liz-Marzan, EurASc Blaise Pascal Medalist in Materials Science in 2017, has received an ERC Advanced Grant for his project entitled "Four-Dimensional Monitoring of Tumour Growth by Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering" and this project will deal with the design of materials and methods that allow a study in real time of tumor growth under controlled environments, built from purposely designed scaffolds.
To read the complete article, follow this link
General Assembly of the European Academy of Sciences, with the Ceremony of Awards of the Blaise Pascal Medals 2008 (November 7th, 2008)
International Innovation is not a peer-reviewed journal; instead it offers a unique forum for communication and dissemination of research. They have interviewed Prof. Claude Debru, President of the European Academy of Sciences about its history and activities.
Abstract: “EURASC is made up of distinguished scholars and engineers committed to promoting fundamental and applied science and technology for the purpose of fostering social and economic development. President Claude Debru ruminates on the Academy’s history and discusses the ways it recognises excellence in science […]”
To see the complete article, you can download it in PDF here.
Click on this link to go to the website of the International Innovation.
Professor Figalli, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences has recently received the Fields Medal for his contributions to the theory of optimal transport and its applications in partial differential equations, metric geometry and probability.
We warmly congratulate Prof. Figalli!
For more information, please follow this link.
Prof. Elvira Fortunato, EurASc Blaise Pascal Medalist in Materials Science in 2016, has received an ERC Advanced grant for her project entitled "Multifunctional Digital Materials Platform for Smart Integrated Applications | DIGISMART " and it aims to revolutionize the way in which integrated circuits and electronic components are made, without using silicon, while simultaneously exploiting eco-friendly materials with exceptional properties at nano scale.
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Prof. Daniel Scherman, Head of the Medicine and Life Sciences of EurASc, has received the "VALORI Grand Prix de l′Academie des Scicences" on November 2017.
The Emilia Valori Prize is a "Grand Prize" of the French Academy of Science granted every two years.