Statement by the ALLEA Board on the Suspension of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

In light of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine initiated by the Russian government and supported by the Belarusian government, ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, has decided to suspend the membership of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

Statement in Support of Ukraine, its Citizens and Academics

Today, the ALLEA Presidency has released a statement in support of Ukraine, its citizens and academics. The statement is a response to the ongoing military incursion by Russia into the country. ALLEA expresses its deep concern for the safety of our academic colleagues.

Two Generations on Women in Science Day: Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Valerie Domcke

“Because I was a girl, I was not expected to do science. I was expected to learn cookery and needlework”, says Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the woman who discovered radio pulsars and changed the way we look at the universe. She is one of the two interviewees that we brought together on today’s International Day on Women and Girls in Science.

The Race against Time for Smarter Development – A European Perspective

The UNESCO Science Report monitors trends in science governance worldwide to identify which development path countries are following. The latest 758-page UNESCO Science Report “The race against time for smarter development” provides an inventory of global efforts to move towards a digital and sustainable society and explores how countries are using science to realise a digitally and ecologically smart future.

ALLEA Supports the #StickToScience Movement

ALLEA has joined the movement ‘Stick to Science’ calling for open and barrier-free collaboration among Europe’s research and innovation (R&I) actors. The initiative is a response to the delayed progress in the EU research association agreements with Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

ALLEA Joins the European Commission Coalition on Research Assessment Reform

ALLEA has joined the European Commission’s core group working on reforming research assessment. The group will support the drafting of an agreement led by the European University Association, Science Europe and the European Commission on key issues and timelines for implementing changes.

Online Panel: Climate Sustainability in the Academic System

The ALLEA online panel 'Climate Sustainability in the Academic System - the Why and the How', held on 1 Feb 2022, offered an overview of the current levels of CO2-equivalent emmissions that can be tied to specific academic work, and the steps that universities, research centres, funding institutions as well as individual students and researchers can take to reduce their climate impact.

Reducing Health Inequalities Is a Matter of Swimming against the Current

Reducing health inequalities is very much a matter of “swimming against the current”, says Professor Johan Mackenbach, Chair of the scientific committee of the ALLEA-FEAM report Health Inequalities Research: New Methods, Better Insights? "When societies become more unequal, as they do in many European countries, it is very hard to stop the health consequences of these inequalities from widening", he explains in this interview for the ALLEA Digital Salon.

Registration for the Symposium ‘Transforming Science’ Is Now Open

The registration for the symposium ‘Transforming Science: Pathways Towards Sustainability and Trustworthiness’ is now open. The event will take place in Brussels and online on 11-12 May 2022. Scientists, policymakers and professionals from across Europe will join to discuss current trends pressing science in light of the transformations occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Call for Early/Mid-Career Researchers: European Crucible 2022

The call for applications to participate in European Crucible 2022 is open to applicants from European institutions until 21 February 2022. The call is open to early/mid-career researchers from Scotland or Europe who are carrying out research in science, engineering, technology, medicine, healthcare, arts, design, humanities, business, or social and political science.

Breakthrough Prize Opens Public Nominations for 2023

The public nomination period for the 2023 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics is now open. Nominations can be submitted online today through April 1, 2022. While self-nominations are prohibited, anyone may nominate another person. The nomination forms and rules are available at

Final Conference: ‘Health Inequalities: New Methods, Better Insights?’

Hosted virtually by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) on 8 December, the conference 'Health Inequalities: New Methods, Better Insights?' served as the official presentation of the final report produced within the three-year-long ALLEA-FEAM Health Inequalities project.

A Patent Waiver Is Not a Silver Bullet in the Pursuit of Vaccine Equity

The low level of Covid-19 vaccination in the Global South is ethically unacceptable and risks prolonging the pandemic. The patent waiver will not solve these vaccination bottlenecks in the short-term. Instead, additional measures should be adopted to accelerate local manufacturing and distribution of vaccines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), ramp up investment in vaccination campaigns, and facilitate the compulsory licensing of patents and transfer of know-how.

UN Proclaims 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development

We need more basic sciences to achieve Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This is the message sent to the world by the United Nations General Assembly on 2 December 2021: Member States approved by consensus the resolution 76/A/L.12 promulgating the year 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022).

UNESCO General Conference Adopts Recommendation on Open Science

The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science has been adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 41st session on 23 November 2021. The Recommendation defines shared values and principles for Open Science and identifies concrete measures on Open Access and Open Data, with proposals to bring citizens closer to science and to facilitate the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge.