As AE-president prof. Sierd Cloetingh ends his tenure as president for our Academy we would like to express our sincere gratitude for his strong presidency. In many ways, his presidency have moved Academia Europaea forward to a central position on the European scene, in particular its presence in many regions of the continent, and in Science Advice for policy.
AE has during his tenure become an even stronger advocate for the importance of research excellence as a basis for the development of our societies in complex times.
Prof. Cloetingh has also been a key and trusted supporter of our Hub in Bergen, and has taken many initiatives which has developed the Hub to become an integral part of the functioning of the Academy with a number of promising activities in the next years. He recently signed the new 4-year agreement between the University of Bergen and AE, which ensures a good functioning of the Hub in the coming years.
Our sister-Hub in Cardiff has written a nice report on the farewell ceremonies celebrating prof. Cloetingh´s achievements, and we encourage our readers to read this.