Professor Ole Petersen receives Academia Europaea’s Gold Medal in Barcelona#

Professor Ole Petersen has received the Gold Medal for his contribution to the development of European science at Academia Europaea’s Annual Conference.

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Prof. Cloetingh and Prof. Petersen


Professor Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea, presented the Gold Medal to Professor Petersen in Barcelona on 20th October, thanking him for his service to the Academy over many decades.

Addressing the audience, Professor Petersen, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Academic Director of the AE Cardiff Knowledge Hub, gave his thanks for being awarded the medal and said that it was a huge honour to receive. He also spoke of the “great inspiration” Professor Cloetingh has been to him.

Following the presentation of the Medal, Professor Petersen reflected on his career in a lecture titled ‘Science, scientific publishing and scientific advice for policy: 50 years of personal experiences’.

About Professor Ole Petersen#


Ole Petersen is Professor of Physiology in the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University. As one of the world’s prominent physiologists, he leads a research group on disease of the pancreas. Petersen was elected Fellow of The Royal Society in 2000, Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2010 and gave the Leopoldina Lecture in 2012. He received the Nordic Insulin Foundation’s Jacobaeus Prize (1994), the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Purkynĕ Medal (2003) and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for ‘Services to Science’.

In 2017, he was elected Honorary Member of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive & Metabolic Diseases. More recently, he received the American Physiological Society’s Walter B Cannon Memorial Award. Professor Petersen is Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the AE Cardiff Knowledge Hub. He has been appointed Chief Editor of American Physiological Society’s Open Access flagship journal ‘Function’ to be launched 2020.

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Prof. Petersen gives his Erasmus lecture

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Prof. Petersen presents his Erasmus Medal



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