European Academy of Sciences and Arts


The European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA, Latin: Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea) is a transnational and interdisciplinary network, connecting about 2,000 recommended scientists and artists worldwide, including 37 Nobel Prize laureates.[1] The European Academy of Sciences and Arts is a learned society of scientists and artists, founded by Felix Unger.[2] The academy was founded 1990, is situated in Salzburg and has been supported by the city of Vienna, the government of Austria, and the European Commission. The EASA is now headed by President Klaus Mainzer, TUM Emeritus of Excellence at the Technical University of Munich and Senior Professor at the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center of the University of Tübingen.

European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Europäische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste (German)
Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea (Latin)
PurposeFundamental and applied research contributing to the development of European scientific and technical potential, culture, education, literature, and arts.
  • Salzburg, Austria

It is unrelated to and should not be confused with a different, highly controversial, and less well-established academy, the Belgium-based European Academy of Sciences.[3]

It is a member of the InterAcademy Partnership.[2] Its activities have included a collaboration with the Latvian Academy of Sciences: the European-Latvian Institute for Cultural and Scientific Exchange (EUROLAT), founded in 1993.[4]


The origins date back to a scientific working group with the Salzburg cardiac surgeon Felix Unger, the Archbishop from Vienna Franz König and the political scientist and philosopher Nikolaus Lobkowicz. On 7 March 1990, the academy was officially founded in Salzburg, where the academy is still located until today.

The Festive Plenary of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts takes place annually with the festive admission of new members in Salzburg. On the occasion of the 25th- and 30th- anniversary the celebrations took place with the Federal Presidents of Austria and other Presidents of European countries. Other Protectors (national patrons) of the academy are King Philippe of Belgium, Borut Pahor (State President of Slovenia), Gjorge Ivanov (State President of Macedonia) and since 12 June 2018 Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen. Past Protektors are i. a. the former EU Commission President and Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jacques Santer, the former King of Spain Juan Carlos I and the former EU Commission President and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.

Vision and membershipEdit

The European Academy of Sciences and Arts is politically independent and financed by donations, private sponsors and public institutions. The activities of the academy do not aim at financial profit.[5] The academy is a forum of scholars who take up interdisciplinarily and trannsdisciplinarily scientific topics with societal impact. In 2020, the academy had round about 2000 members worldwide, including 34 Nobel Prize Laureates.[1] These are respected and recommended scientists and artists, among them 37 nobel prize laureats. The membership can be awarded following suggestions of their members. The Senate decides on admission on the basis of recommendations of the nomination commission. The membership is considered as distinction of the merits in science and society.[6] Famous members of the academy are i. a. the economist Hans-Werner Sinn, Michail Gorbatschow (Nobel Peace Prize), the artist Jenny Holzer and Pope em. Benedict XVI. Current members who are Nobel Prize Laureates are as follows.[1]

The European Academy of Sciences and Arts president Klaus Mainzer addressing the academy in 2022.


The academy is a non-profit association according to the Austrian Association. The current President of the academy is Klaus Mainzer who in 2020 followed the Founding President Felix Unger. The Vice presidents are Birgit Harreß, Wolfango Plastino, and Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth.[7]

Members of the academy come from 73 countries and are divided into eight classes:[8]

  • Class I: Humanities – Dean: Andreas Önnerfors
  • Class II: Medicine – Dean: Dusan Suput
  • Class III: Arts – Dean: Violeta Dinescu
  • Class IV: Natural Sciences – Dean: Ioannis Liritzis
  • Class V: Social Sciences, Law, and Economics – Dean: Kurt Schmoller
  • Class VI: Technology and Environmental Sciences – Dean: Sergio Orlandi
  • Class VII: World Religions – Dean: Mariano Delgado

Prize of ToleranceEdit

Since 1997 the European Academy of Sciences and Arts has awarded the Prize of Tolerance to acknowledge the engagement for humanity and tolerance. Guided by the targets of the Charter of Tolerance, this prize is awarded to persons or institutions which actively engage for tolerance and humanness, but also for cross-border dialogue and against racism.[9]

The previous award winners are:

  • 1997 Teddy Kollek
  • 1998 Suzanne Mubarak
  • 1999 Franz Kardinal König
  • 2000 Astrid N. Heiberg
  • 2002 Dorothea Rosenblad[10]
  • 2003 Djibrail Kassab
  • 2004 Daniel Barenboim
  • 2005 Giandomenico Picco[11]
  • 2006 Hans-Dietrich Genscher
  • 2007 Flavio Cotti
  • 2008 Eugen Biser
  • 2009 Klaus Töpfer
  • 2010 Karl Kardinal Lehmann
  • 2011 Daniel Barenboim
  • 2013 Pedro Opeka
  • 2015 Internationales Olympisches Komitee[12]
  • 2016 Roland Riz[13]
  • 2018 Marko Feingold[14]
  • 2019 Hans Peter Haselsteiner

Rings of ToleranceEdit

Prize award of the Rings of Tolerance in the City Hall of Cologne Since 2012, the academy annually awards the Rings of Tolerance to members of the three religions of Abraham according to Lessing's Parable of the Ring, in ordert to support justice and tolerance between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

The previous award winners are:


Following are some fellows of European Academy of Sciences and Arts:


  1. ^ a b c "European Academy of Sciences and Arts Nobel Prize Laureates" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b "European Academy of Sciences and Arts". Network. InterAcademy Partnership. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  3. ^ Adam, David (31 October 2002). "European Academy of Sciences". Nature. 419 (6910): 865. doi:10.1038/419865a. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 12410266. S2CID 12166219.
  4. ^ Stradiņš, Jānis; Draveniece, Anita. "the European Academy of Sciences and Arts: Its impact on Latvia" (PDF). Baltic Journal of European Studies. 1 (1): 24–31.
  5. ^ "Partners & Funding | European Academy of Sciences and Arts". Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Members | European Academy of Sciences and Arts". Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  7. ^ "News | European Academy of Sciences and Arts". Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Classes | European Academy of Sciences and Arts". Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Prize of Tolerance & Rings of Tolerance | European Academy of Sciences and Arts". Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  10. ^ Dorothea Rosenblad (Seite nicht mehr abrufbar, Suche in Webarchiven) 2002
  11. ^ Giandomenico Picco → Prize of Tolerance 2005.
  12. ^ Laureates-Toleranzpreis In:, retrieved 31 January 2019. (PDF; 60,4 kB).
  13. ^ Akademie der Wissenschaften ehrt Marko Feingold. 21 January 2018, retrieved 21 January 2018.
  14. ^ Rings of Tolerance. (PDF) European Academy of Sciences and Arts, retrieved 31 January 2019.
  15. ^ Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh → Prize of Tolerance 2012.
  16. ^ Toleranzringe 2013 (Memento 29 July 2014 in Internet Archive),
  17. ^ Westfälische Wilhelms- Universität Münster Exzellenzcluster Religion und Politik Aktuelles vom 18. November 2018: "Eine unabhängige Stimme". Toleranzring für islamischen Theologen Prof. Dr. Mouhanad Khorchide, 22 December 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Official website