Paul Lecoq receives the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universitat Politècnica de València

Paul Lecoq receives the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universitat Politècnica de València

Dr. Paul Lecoq, a distinguished figure in the field of nuclear physics and the Head of EurASc Physics Division, has been conferred with the title of Honoris Causa by Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). The prestigious event took place in 2023 at the university’s Auditorium under the presidency of UPV’s Rector, Dr. Pepe Capilla, and witnessed the recognition of new professors along with the investiture of new doctors.

Dr. Paul Lecoq’s remarkable contributions to science, notably his pivotal role in the development of the Giant Hadron Collider (LHC), which played a crucial role in the discovery of the Higgs Boson, have earned him this esteemed accolade. Reflecting on the current state of scientific inquiry, Dr. Lecoq commented, “What we know is that the standard model is nearing its end, it doesn’t explain everything. Something else will be discovered. What? I don’t know. I only hope to live long enough to see progress in that direction.” Furthermore, Dr. Lecoq emphasized the pivotal role of science in addressing contemporary societal challenges spanning health, global warming, and energy, asserting that the solutions to these issues lie within the realms of scientific inquiry.

The proposal for Dr. Lecoq’s Honoris Causa was championed by the Institute of Molecular Imaging Instrumentation (I3M) and was approved by the Governing Council. In a heartfelt Laudatio, Dr. Lecoq’s sponsor, Dr. José María Benlloch, extolled his invaluable contributions to the academic community, describing him as a mentor who guides students towards their objectives and utility, remarking, “It is wonderful to have him among us.”

In closing, Rector Capilla extended his heartfelt congratulations to all honorees and thanked everyone for their presence at this inspiring gathering, which celebrates the pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence at Universitat Politècnica de València.

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Text & Photo – Source:Universitat Politècnica de València

This news article serves as a testament to Professor Lecoq’s remarkable achievements and underscores EurASc’s commitment to recognizing excellence in science and innovation.

Marta Catellani




EurASc Annual Symposium & Ceremony 2024

EurASc Annual Symposium & Ceremony 2024

The EurASc Annual Symposium & Ceremony 2024 will be held at the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon, on October 29-30th of 2024, under the General Theme of “Science for Sustainability” which is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

It is open to all the academics and researchers who will be interested to join, upon registration (details coming soon).

All the scientific fields fostering sustainability will be welcome according to the Divisions of EurASc:

Chemistry, Computational and information sciences, Earth and environmental sciences, Engineering, Materials science, Mathematics, Medicine and life sciences, Physics, and Social sciences and Humanities.

Promotion of the interaction between the academic and industrial sectors will also be fostered.

The scientific programme will comprehend the presentation of Lectures, discussions and the Award and PrizesCeremony, where the Leonardo da Vinci Award and the Blaise Pascal Medals for outstanding scientific achievements will be awarded and lectures will be delivered by the awardees. A Welcome session of the New Members is also being arranged.

Within the celebration of the EurASc 20th year anniversary, the edition of a celebratory book (to be published by a major world publisher) is under consideration.

A social programme is being planned, with guided tours to Lisbon and cultural places closeby.

We look forward to your presence.

#sustainability #energy #future #science #energytransition #eurasc #annualmeeting


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Our symposium convenes distinguished scientists from various fields, including Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Materials Science, and Life Sciences, representing a diverse spectrum of expertise from European countries, the USA, and China. Central to our mission is the facilitation of meaningful exchanges between academia and industry, fostering collaborative efforts towards sustainable advancements. As we mark the 20th anniversary of EurASc, we are excited to announce special initiatives such as the publication of a commemorative book and the creation of a commemorative medal. Beyond scholarly discourse, our social program offers networking opportunities and cultural experiences, including a conference dinner, a guided tour of Lisbon, and a possible excursion.

We extend this invitation to you to consider sponsoring this event. Please refer to the attached “Sponsoring” file for standard sponsorship options, though we are flexible and open to discussing customized arrangements to best align with your objectives and preferences.

International Organizing Committee

Armando Pombeiro (Chair), Rodrigo Martins (EurASc President), José Luís Cardoso (ACL President), Alain Tressaud (EurASc Vice-President), Carlos Salema (ACL Vice-President)

Host Academy Organizing Committee

Armando Pombeiro (Chair), Pierre Braunstein, Vadim Kukushkin, Luis Oro, João Rocha, José Moura, Elvira Fortunato, Luís Oliveira e Silva, Artur Silva, Isabel Moura, Fatima Guedes da Silva, Mara Freire, Carlos Afonso, Elisabete Alegria

Event Venue

The Symposium& Ceremony will be housed at the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon premises, a former Convent of Jesus of the XVII century, which is also in the town and with access to public transportation, including metro.

The Academy of Sciences of Lisbon is one of the oldest national scientific institutions in continuous existence. It was founded on 24 December 1779, during the reign of King Maria I, under the motto inspired by a verse from Phaedrus: Nisi utile est quod facimus stulta est gloria / If what we do is not useful, vain is the glory.


Registration includes full access to scientific programme, conference materials, lunches and coffee-breaks. Registration for Accompanying Persons includes lunches but not access to scientific activities and materials.

Stay tuned!

Our event page is currently under construction, but we’re working hard to bring you an amazing experience. Exciting details coming soon!

Maria Antonietta Loi secures a EUR 1 million grant for pioneering research on advanced image sensors

Maria Antonietta Loi secures a EUR 1 million grant for pioneering research on advanced image sensors

We’re thrilled to announce that Professor Maria Antonietta Loi, a distinguished member of EurASc, and Dr. Loredana Protesescu have been awarded a EUR 1 million grant from the NWO (Dutch Research Council) Open Technology Program (OTP) for their groundbreaking research on advanced image sensors.

Their project aims to develop a new type of image sensor for smartphones that promises remarkable capabilities such as health monitoring, night vision, and assisted autonomous driving. With an interdisciplinary team and the support of industrial partners including VisEra Technology Co., @Quantum Solutions, and New Imaging Technologies, the project is poised to revolutionize technology as we know it.

Read more about this groundbreaking initiative:

#fsegroningen #universityofgroningen #research #science #technology #nwo #nwoopentechnologyprogramme

Philippe Dubois receives the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Montpellier

Philippe Dubois receives the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Montpellier

We are delighted to announce that Professor Philippe Dubois, a longstanding member of EurASc and currently serving as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Engineering Division, as received the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Montpellier.

Professor Dubois, renowned for his pioneering work in green chemistry and materials science, was honored by the University of Montpellier for his outstanding contributions to scientific research and innovation. His remarkable achievements include over 800 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 76 patents, and numerous awards recognizing his commitment to advancing science and sustainability.

Born in Charleroi, Belgium, in 1965, Professor Dubois has dedicated his career to interdisciplinary research at the intersection of synthetic chemistry and materials engineering. His groundbreaking research into bioplastics and renewable bioresources has revolutionized the field, leading to significant advancements in eco-friendly materials and processes.

In addition to his distinguished academic career, Professor Dubois has held various leadership roles at the University of Mons, where he currently serves as President and Rector. His vision for the university prioritizes academic excellence, international collaboration, and the well-being of students, faculty, and researchers.

The University of Montpellier’s decision to confer the title of Doctor Honoris Causa upon Professor Dubois reflects his profound impact on the scientific community and his dedication to advancing knowledge and innovation.

We extend our warmest congratulations to Professor Philippe Dubois on this well-deserved honor and look forward to his continued contributions to the field of science.

Text & Photo – Source: University of Montpellier

This news article serves as a testament to Professor Dubois’s remarkable achievements and underscores EurASc’s commitment to recognizing excellence in science and innovation.

Rodrigo Martins recognized as a Distinguished Scientist

Rodrigo Martins recognized as a Distinguished Scientist

We’re thrilled to announce that Professor Rodrigo Martins has been recognized as CAS PIFI’s ( President’s International Fellowship Iniciative) Distinguished Scientist, joining an esteemed group of professionals dedicated to advancing research excellence.

Even more exciting, this honor has paved the way for the establishment of a new research network in China with CAS. We’re look forward to the upcoming ceremony scheduled for June.

#DistinguishedScientist #ResearchExcellence #ScienceCommunity 

Ernest Solvay Prize 2024 awarded to Professor Omar M. Yaghi

Ernest Solvay Prize 2024 awarded to Professor Omar M. Yaghi

The European Academy of Sciences (EurASc) is proud to announce that our esteemed member, Professor Omar M. Yaghi, has been honored with the 2024 Ernest Solvay Prize. This recognition underscores his pioneering contributions to reticular chemistry, a field dedicated to constructing chemical structures from molecular building blocks.

Reticular chemistry holds immense promise for the future, with applications ranging from CO2 capture and hydrogen storage to water harvesting and gas purification.

**About Professor Omar M. Yaghi:**
Professor Yaghi, holding the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professorship in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, has been an integral part of EurASc since 2018. His groundbreaking work has significantly advanced the understanding and application of reticular chemistry, contributing to the scientific community’s pursuit of innovative solutions.

**Award Ceremony Details:**
The award ceremony for the Ernest Solvay Prize by Syensqo is scheduled to take place at the Palais des Académies in Brussels on March 19, 2024. [Register HERE]

Join us in congratulating Prof. Omar M. Yaghi on this well-deserved recognition, showcasing the exceptional caliber of our EurASc members and their impactful contributions to the scientific community.

#EurASc #ErnestSolvayPrize #ScientificExcellence #ReticularChemistry #Congratulations

EurASc President, Rodrigo Martins, Addresses COP28 Session on Clean Energy Transition

EurASc President, Rodrigo Martins, Addresses COP28 Session on Clean Energy Transition

Professor Rodrigo Martins, President of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc), served as one of the guest speakers at the session “Energizing Tomorrow: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Clean Energy Transition” during the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2023 (COP28).

The session aimed to explore the paths and challenges toward halving carbon emission levels from 2018, focusing on the deployment and management of large-scale clean energy systems. Professor Martins, a renowned expert in the field, shared insights into this critical area, highlighting the significant strides made globally and his personal dedication to advancing clean energy technologies.

The distinguished panel also featured contributions from experts such as Neil Wilmshurst, Senior Vice President at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Mark Levine, Energy Division Director Emeritus at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and the principal author of the United Nations report on climate change; Ann-Kathrin Lipponer, Associate Program Officer at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Center. The discussion was moderated by H.E. Homaid Al-Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate & Human Capital Officer at Mubadala.

The session, held on December 5th, provided valuable insights into global efforts to triple the capacity of renewable energy production, with 118 countries committing to this ambitious goal during COP28.

For more updates and information on EurASc’s involvement in shaping discussions on crucial topics, stay tuned to our website.

Aldo R. Boccaccini elected as FEMS president

Aldo R. Boccaccini elected as FEMS president

In January 2024, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini started his tenure as president of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) for 2024-25. He was confirmed as FEMS president at the FEMS General Assembly that took place in Frankfurt, Germany, on 5th September 2023. Prof. Boccaccini has been a member of the Board of FEMS since 2016, representing the German Materials Society (DGM).

Speaking of his appointment, Prof. Boccaccini said “I am honoured to have been elected President of FEMS and I am looking forward to working together with the Management Team and FEMS Board to enhance FEMS impact and visibility in the materials science community in Europe and worldwide.Materials science and technology are the keys to tackle today’s important challenges in all areas; from energy, environment, and transport, to healthcare, and security among others. I hope to contribute to expand our FEMS activities so that materials are placed as essential contributors to improve technologies for a better future”.

A complete interview with Prof. Boccaccini is available in the FEMS website.

A press release is available at the page of the German Materials Society (DGM).

The above text is sourced from the [FAU website].

Call for Nominations: Blaise Pascal Medals and Leonardo da Vinci Award 2024

Call for Nominations: Blaise Pascal Medals and Leonardo da Vinci Award 2024
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Dear Academicians,

We are pleased to invite you to nominate candidates for the prestigious Blaise Pascal Medals and the esteemed Leonardo da Vinci Award. Your nominations can include members of the European Academy of Sciences or non-members who have made outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

🏅 **Blaise Pascal Medal** 🏅
– Nominations must be submitted before January 15th (*extended deadline: February 29th).
– Up to 8 Blaise Pascal Medals can be awarded, following careful selection within the scientific committee of each division and final approval by the General Board.

🏆 **Leonardo Da Vinci Award** 🏆
– Nominations must be submitted before February 29th.
– The Leonardo da Vinci Award is a singular honor, with the recipient selected by the presidium based on propositions from different divisions.

Your participation in this nomination process is vital, and we encourage you to recognize those who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to science and technology.


All information about nominations: HERE


Catherine Llorens-Cortes awarded with The Medal for Applications of Science 2023

Catherine Llorens-Cortes awarded with The Medal for Applications of Science 2023

Catherine Llorens-Cortes Receives Prestigious Medal for Applications of Science 2023 from the French Academy of Sciences

We are delighted to announce that Catherine Llorens-Cortes, a distinguished member of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc), has been awarded the Medal for Applications of Science 2023 by the French Academy of Sciences. This esteemed recognition is a testament to her exceptional contributions in the field of neuropharmacology.

For over two decades, Catherine Llorens-Cortes served as the Director of the Central Laboratory of Neuropeptides and Water and Cardiovascular Regulations at the Collège de France (Inserm U691). In 2011, her laboratory integrated into the Interdisciplinary Center for Research in Biology at CDF (Inserm U1050/CNRS 7241), solidifying her legacy of research and leadership.

Catherine’s groundbreaking work has led to the identification of novel therapeutic targets for conditions such as arterial hypertension, heart failure, and hyponatremia. These discoveries have not only advanced scientific understanding but have also paved the way for the development of various therapeutically relevant molecules.

One standout achievement is Firibastat, the first aminopeptidase A inhibitor to penetrate the brain. This innovative compound has demonstrated the ability to normalize blood pressure in various experimental hypertension models and improve cardiac function in a post-myocardial infarction heart failure model.

Clinical trials post-myocardial infarction have shown that Firibastat prevents left ventricular dysfunction with good blood pressure tolerance, showcasing the practical implications of Catherine Llorens-Cortes’s research in healthcare.

Her discovery of metabolically stable analogs of apelin, such as LIT01-196, suggests a novel approach for treating hyponatremia. Activation of the apelin receptor by this compound represents a promising avenue for addressing this condition.

EurASc takes immense pride in Catherine Llorens-Cortes’s well-deserved recognition. Her exceptional contributions to science and technology align perfectly with the mission of EurASc, and we are honored to have her as a distinguished member.

As we celebrate this achievement, we look forward to witnessing the continued impact of Catherine Llorens-Cortes’s groundbreaking research on the future of therapeutics and healthcare.

For more information about Catherine Llorens-Cortes and her contributions, please visit:


#EurASc #ScientificExcellence #Neuropharmacology #InnovationInHealthcare #ResearchAchievements #ScientificMedal2023