12.10.2012 [News]

Recommendations of the regional workshop on Science Academies in Central and Eastern Europe and their Role in Knowledge-based Society published

The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the IAP, the global network of science academies, jointly organized a regional Workshop on Science Academies in Central and Eastern Europe and their role in knowledge-based Society. It was supported by the Central European Initiative.

IAP is a global network of the world's science academies, launched in 1993 and comprised of 105 academies. Its primary goal is to help member academies to work together to advise citizens and public officials on the scientific aspects of critical global issues.

The workshop, held at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in Minsk (Belarus) on 11–12 June 2012, brought together 23 participants from 10 countries representing the Region of Central and Eastern Europe to discuss common regional issues and challenges of Academy organizations. Sessions addressed topics such as Academy and Knowledge-based Society, Academy and Excellence, Academy and Youth, Academy and Regional Challenges, Academy and Policy Advice.

The workshop has come to the conclusion that despite the many local differences in historical development, the staff of Academies across Central and Eastern Europe actually plays similar roles and face many common challenges. These include the need of engaging youth in academy activities, of effectively communicating science and of interacting with decision makers. Some Academies made attempts to diversify their fellowship. Focusing on key outcomes of the discussions among participants, several conclusions were drawn to guide potential “next steps”.

Source: Olga Meerovskaya, BelIsa