Located in the heart of Salzburg, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) is one of the biggest “Think Tanks” in Europe, connecting over 2000 scientists worldwide. The Academy counts 33 Nobel Prize winners among its members.
As an “independent knowledge pool”, EASA aims to discuss current issues across different academic fields and cultures as well as promoting the transnational and transcultural dialogue for the good of those living and working in Europe.
Basically, the Academy focuses on three areas: The development of knowledge, the dissemination of scientific information, and the implementation of international projects.
Development of knowledge
Within the framework of symposia, congresses and scientific-interdisciplinary working groups critical issues such as environmental damage through technology and industry, genetic engineering, economic globalization, boundaries of medical technology and the future of Europe are discussed.
Ethical principles in scientific discussions are fundamental. No topic is discussed abstractly, but with regard to impacts on cultural, ethical and consensual values and developments. Science and research are considered in terms of their autonomous freedom and, conversely of their possible dependence on commissioning authorities, economic constraints and humanitarian objectives. The influence of globalization and worldwide information- and communication technology is also critically reflected.
Dissemination of scientific information
Scientific information, knowledge and processes should be disseminated in a comprehensible manner and in essential socio-political and ethical facets to as wide an audience as possible. One of the Academy’s key aims is to ensure access to information for everyone.
Besides regular publications, electronic media and new interactive communication systems are used to disseminate information.
Implementation of international projects
Apart from the development of knowledge and the dissemination of scientific information, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts initiates international projects on different topics.
One of these topics relates to the healthcare sector.
Based on facts and research findings, optimal healthcare in Europe should be ensured. A focus is on the network between industry and medicine to pass on theoretical findings in medicine to the industry and improve the connection between theory and practice. In order to establish this connection as well as improving public healthcare, education and training in the field of health care needs to be reconsidered. Accordingly, one of the main objectives of the Academy is a reform of medical education on a European level, not only to ensure a European standard of healthcare, but also to integrate students in the practical environment from the beginning. For the implementation of this project, the Academy has established a union of six European Universities, working on a European curriculum for medicine.
Another project concerns tolerance. For the representatives of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts tolerance is “a virtue, by which man as an individual can live in freedom within the spirit of the law. Tolerance means acting without harming others or restricting their freedom.”
Since 1997 the European Academy of Sciences and Arts has been awarding the Prize of Tolerance to individuals or institutes who are committed to tolerance, humanity, interdisciplinary and transnational dialogue as well as anti-racism. In 2015 the Academy awarded the Prize to the International Olympic Comité for their promotion of tolerance by uniting different nations and cultures.
In addition to the Prize of Tolerance, the Academy has been awarding the Rings of Tolerance in analogy to Lessing’s Ring Parable since 2012 to renowned representatives of the three Abrahamitic religions promoting justice and tolerance between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
The third large project is concerned with the future of Europe.
The European Union has developed from the ruins of history over the last five decades and represents with 28 nations of different language, geography and history, a unique peace project.
However, through increasing economic and social problems as well as the clash of collective and national interests, the Union is losing cohesion.
Born out of this concern, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts invites all members of the Academy, the National Academies as well as all citizens to reflect in a narrative on Europe’s future.
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