History of ALLEA

Representatives of 30 European academies of sciences meet for the first time at the KNAW in Amsterdam on 6 April 1990.

ALLEA was established under the precept that the whole is more than the sum of the parts

The idea of establishing a network of European academies like ALLEA goes back to an initiative of the Royal Academies of the Netherlands and Sweden in the year 1990. New opportunities for co-operation between European countries arose after the end of the Cold War and the increasing significance of the European Union in the areas of science and higher education. An exploratory meeting among interested academies was held in Amsterdam in April 1990, where issues such as the advisory functions of academies, increasing communication and information sharing between academies, and the fostering of scientific and scholarly cooperation in Europe were discussed.

Following from the first meeting in Amsterdam, a second meeting was held in Stockholm in March 1992, during which more than 30 Academies from almost as many countries from all over Europe were assembled to discuss the possibility of establishing a confederation of learned societies to tackle the unfulfilled need for analogous advisory arrangements at the European level.

A third and final constituting meeting was held in Paris on 22-23 March 1994, where ALLEA was officially established as the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities. ALLEA was established under the idea that the whole is more than the sum of the parts, and its continuous aim is to be more than the sum of the almost 60 national Academies spread throughout the Council of Europe region.

ALLEA’s Historical Milestones