Carl Figdor elected as a member Academia Europaea

Figdor, Carl

The Academia Europaea is a functioning European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, composed of individual members. Membership is only by invitation after peer group nomination, scrutiny and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in their chosen field. Election is confirmed by the Council of the Academia. Members are drawn from across the whole European continent, not only western Europe. Members also include European scholars who are resident in other regions of the world. Current membership stands at around 2300. Amongst them are thirty-eight Nobel Laureates, several of whom were elected to the Academia before they received the prize. In addition to Carl Figdor, Jos van der Meer, Han Brunner and René Bindels are also members of the Academia Europaea.


Carl Figdor was chosen for the following reasons:

  1. World leading expert in experimental immunology with an immense passion for research. He provokes a similar passion in those he mentors, giving them encouragement and freedom to pursue creative ideas. He has been instrumental in establishing an international 2 year research Honours Master in molecular life sciences and is coordinator of a large European network training the next generation of researchers.
  2. Carl Figdor is a 'bridge-builder'. By pushing the boundaries between disciplines to explore new avenues in the development of cancer immunotherapy, He is frequently a pivotal member of European societies and review boards.
  3. Carl Figdor is involved in professionalizing science and technology teaching programs. He chairs the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences commission on primary and secondary science education. He was the first in the Netherlands to initiate a science hub at the Radboud University which was opened by the State Secretary. To promote European awareness on the importance of translational medicine he frequently gives layman lectures. 

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