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ALLEA President and Vice-Presidents Elected

06 May 2021

European Academies Re-Elect Antonio Loprieno as ALLEA President and Annette Grüters-Kieslich and Luke Drury, MRIA as Vice-Presidents.

ALLEA Member Academies unanimously re-elected Professor Antonio Loprieno as President for the term 2021–2023. Board Members Professor Annette Grüters-Kieslich and Luke Drury, MRIA were appointed as ALLEA Vice-Presidents.

The elections’ results were announced today during the annual meeting of ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities. As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the voting took place by correspondence ahead of the virtual meeting. 

“I am very grateful for the trust and support from our Member Academies. It is an honour for me to serve ALLEA during these critical times, and I am looking forward to an increasingly productive dialogue between science and society, in order to carry ALLEA’s European vision and mission across borders, disciplines and societal actors”, President Loprieno said.

As representative of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Loprieno assumed the ALLEA Presidency in May 2018 for a first three-year term. The ALLEA President serves a maximum of two consecutive terms and chairs the ALLEA Board with responsibility for strategic priorities, the overall policy direction, budgetary issues and other governance topics of the European Academies’ federation.

Following the General Assembly, the ALLEA Board convened and appointed its members Annette Grüters-Kieslich (Leopoldina / Union of German Academies) and Luke Drury (Royal Irish Academy) as ALLEA Vice-Presidents for the President’s term 2021–2023. Prof Drury was elected a Royal Irish Academy Member, Ireland’s highest academic honour, in 1995 and inter alia, he has served as Royal Irish Academy President 2011-2014 and represented the Academy on the ALLEA Board since 2018.

ALLEA’s 2021 General Assembly also featured the virtual scientific symposium ‘Across Boundaries in Sciences’, co-organised with the Council of Finnish Academies on 5 May. The event gathered leading academics, policymakers, and civil society from over 40 countries to discuss today’s position of science in society and in relation to policy, including a particular focus on interdisciplinary research and a debate on the recently released ALLEA discussion paper ‘Fact or Fake? Tackling Science Disinformation

ALLEA is the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, representing more than 50 academies from over 40 countries in Europe. Since its foundation in 1994, ALLEA speaks out on behalf of its members on the European and international stages, promotes science as a global public good, and facilitates scientific collaboration across borders and disciplines. 

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