PROMOTION OF WROCŁAW BY THE ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP OF THE LOCAL OFFICE OF THE ACADEMIA EUROPAEA KNOWLEDGE HUB IN WROCŁAW.
Academia Europaea, established in 1988, is a non-governmental association that brings together scientists and scholars, mainly from Europe but also from other regions of the world. It aims to promote knowledge, science and research. It has more than 3000 members (including 51 laureates of the prestigious Nobel Award). It is the largest organization of its kind in Europe. It combines leading researchers in such fields as social sciences, humanities, economic, biological, mathematics and physics. In addition it publishes the prestigious journal of European Review. The headquarters of the Academia is located in London, England.
In 2011 much effort was taken in choosing Wrocław, Poland, as the first regional office of the Academia. These measures proved successful, and in December 2011 the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub at 13, Market Square in the Heart of the City Center in Wrocław was opened.
The main objective of this regional office is the promotion of Wroclaw while increasing its competitiveness in science by:
- Promotion of Wroclaw as a dynamic center of academics and scientific center,
- Mobilization and internationalization of the local academia’s and universities,
- Presentation of Wroclaw academic research institutions in Europe,
- Establish and consolidate relations between foreign and local researchers,
- Organizing and coordinating conferences, symposia and seminars,
- Presentation of Wroclaw and the region at international scientific conferences.
Without a reasonable doubt we believe that this project is being successfully done and will further bring the desired results as well as continue to contribute to the promotion of Wroclaw, the internationalization of local research centers and significantly increase the number of scientific and business events organized in Wroclaw and Lower Silesia.
Every year Academia Europaea organizes a conference, during which scholars from various fields of science from all over the world are gathered at one place. On 16-19 September 2013, another meeting was organized under the title “European science ad scholarship looking ahead – challenges of the next 25 years” in Wrocław. It was an extremely prestigious event not only because of the rank of its guests – eminent scholars and plenary speakers who graced the city with their presence. Its unique character was testified also by the fact that it accompanied celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Academia. The conference was organized by the Academia Europaea and the City of Wrocław. It was held under the patronage of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
The 25th conference’s opening ceremony took place in the Aula Leopoldina. During the following days, its guests moved to the Wrocław Congress Centre (in the complex of the Centennial Hall), where they had an opportunity to participate in numerous plenary debates, lectures and parallel sessions for three days. A broad range of themes discussed there included various issues and referred to many scientific fields. Former and future achievements of information technology, grand challenges ahead in the European knowledge sector, academic integrity, future of classic art in modern Europe, the Anthropocene and biodiversity – those were some of issues discussed by the conference guests.
A number of accompanying events related to the Academia activities took place in parallel to the proceedings. They included e.g. the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) conference – bottom-up and pan-European initiative of a dynamic and innovative group of recognized European young scientists, ALLEA (All European Academies) Board Meeting, and the Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe seminar – held within a broader cycle of the Wrocław Seminars.
Honourable awards and recognitions were also granted. During the opening ceremony in the Aula Leopoldina, young Polish researchers were honoured with the Burgen Scholarships. What is more, Professor Norman Davies received the Erasmus Medal sponsored by The Heinz-Nixdorf Foundation in recognition of his personal and significant contribution to the European science.
Wrocław hosted nearly 350 prominent representatives of science from all over the world, including Nobel Prize awardees, such as Robert Huber (Chemistry) and Bert Sakmann (Physiology and Medicine).
Conference website: http://ae2013wroclaw.com
Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub-Wrocław
50-101 Wrocław, Poland
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dr Aleksandra Nowak, Project Coordinator
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Katarzyna Majkowska-Kołyszko, Project Coordinator
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