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Science in and for Europe

The European Academies Research Initiative (EARI) is an association of seven national academies:  Académie des sciences (France), Accademia dei Lincei (Italy), Akademie věd České republiky (Czech Republic), Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien (Sweden), Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina (Germany), Royal Society (UK), Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Austria).

Individually, these academies have been well researched, but an international, comparative perspective is still missing. This is what EARI has taken up, making the academies of science themselves the subject of research, both historically and systematically. When the academies understand themselves and their role in Europe better, they can fully perform their tasks for politics and society.

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26. May 2023


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Developing Science Policy in occupied and liberated Europe, ca. 1930s–1960s Is there a Nazi science policy and what does it consist of? How is it practiced in the occupied countries and how do national research systems emerge in Cold-War-Europe? The goal of the conference in Vienna was to provide an overview of the development of science policy in occupied and liberated Europe, ca. 1930s–1960s as a basis for comparison. The conference aimed at two perspectives of comparison – between the various occupied countries in Nazi Europe and between East and West in Cold-War-Europe. Specific questions to be negotiated in the conference…
16. June 2020


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On Thursday, June 16 2022, a small workshop within the EARI collaboration took place in Stockholm, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The theme dealt with the topic of Neutrality and the European Academies of Sciences during the Cold War. Talks were given by Alice Oates from Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge about "The Royal Society, the International Geophysical Year (1957–58), and neutral science in Antarctica". Johannes Feichtinger of the Austrian Academy of Sciences talked about "De-Provincializing Research in Austria: The Academy of Sciences, the State’s Neutrality Policy and Cold War". Nils Hansson from Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf talked…

The early enlightenment saw the establishment of societies for people who studied nature – including fine arts, cultural historians, and lovers of the architectural world of antiquity – and were as such more like local clubs with diverse interests than scientific communities. In the second half of the 19th century the popularisation of science occurred, dedicated institutions were created, and the specialisation of scientific disciplines appeared. The era of European dictatorships in the 20th century, the emergence of the challenging age of nuclear power, the Cold War and then the threat of catastrophic climate change, are all integral parts of the history of science that emanates from the European Academies.

Science and the work of the academies are always situated in the political sphere. This becomes particularly obvious when political authorities have a direct impact on science. It is the task of science and central science organisations such as academies to reflect critically on this context.