ALLEA 25th Anniversary
ALLEA will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the opening of the 2019 General Assembly with a special address on the role of academies in European societies by ALLEA President Antonio Loprieno at the University of Bern on 8 May. On this occasion, Director-General for Research and Innovation Jean-Eric Paquet will deliver a keynote to commemorate 25 years of European academies’ cooperation and reflect on the future of European research. The celebration will count with the welcome address by the rector of the University of Bern Christian Leumann. The programme will continue with the ALLEA Madame de Staël Prize award ceremony and a festive reception. On 9 May, join us for a discussion in the scientific symposium “Science and Society in Present-day Europe”. You are also invited to the cultural programme, kindly organised by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and to be held in Bern and Basel on 9-10 May.
About the General Assembly
The ALLEA General Assembly convenes academies of sciences and humanities from 40 countries across the Council of Europe region. The General Assembly programme consists of various parts: the annual business meeting, the award ceremony of the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, as well as a scientific symposium. The 2019 ALLEA General Assembly will mark the 25th Anniversary of the inception of ALLEA and will be hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences at the Congress Centre Kursaal in Bern.
The symposium seeks to provide a platform for connecting excellence in Europe by bringing together high-ranking European policymakers, scientists, scholars as well as the interested public to debate the most pressing issues faced by science and society.
On this occasion, the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values is awarded to an eminent scholar or intellectual whose work represents a significant contribution to the cultural and intellectual values of Europe and to the idea of European integration.
At the closed business meeting, ALLEA governance and policy matters are on the agenda and discussed by ALLEA Member Academies.
ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, was founded in 1994 and currently brings together almost 60 Academies in more than 40 countries from the Council of Europe region. Member Academies operate as learned societies, think tanks and research performing organisations. They are self- governing communities of leaders of scholarly enquiry across all fields of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. ALLEA therefore provides access to an unparalleled human resource of intellectual excellence, experience and expertise.
Independent from political, commercial and ideological interests, ALLEA’s policy work seeks to contribute to improving the framework conditions under which science and scholarship can excel. Jointly with its Member Academies, ALLEA is in a position to address the full range of structural and policy issues facing Europe in science, research and innovation. In doing so, it is guided by a common understanding of Europe bound together by historical, social and political factors as well as for scientific and economic reasons.
About the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the host of the 2019 ALLEA General Assembly, is an association of the four Swiss Academies of Sciences: the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). It further comprises the Centre of Excellence for Technology Assessment (TA-SWISS) and Science et Cité as well as other scientific networks.