Clevers traveled, together with his wife, to Barcelona, where the annual conference of the Academia Europaea was held. The Academia Europaea was established in 1988 and gathered about 2000 members, among whom 40 Nobelprize laureates. With the award of the medal, Clevers is invited to become member.
Sierd Cloetingh, President of the Academia, awarded the medal and prof. dr. Jos van der Meer, professor internal medicine at the Radboud UMC addressed Clevers in the laudation. The lecture given by Clevers, that followed, gave an overview of his career. He spoke about his first steps in the stem cell research in the earlier days and about the current developments with regard to personalized medicine.