Final ALLEA Board Meeting of 2015 held at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin

At its fourth and last meeting of the year the ALLEA Board came together in Dublin on the kind invitation of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) from December 7-8. At the meeting, the members of the Board discussed current and future activities as well as received an update on the latest developments concerning ALLEA’s involvement in the new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM).

The attending members were welcomed to the Academy by Professor Mary E Daly, President of the RIA and member of the Irish government’s Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. The first day of the meeting started with a recap by Professor Stock on ALLEA’s recent activities including the announcement of  a follow-up project to the “Survey and Analysis on Academies SSH research in Europe” which was published earlier this year. Further updates on the status of preparations for the 2016 General Assembly at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the 2016 Mme de Staël Prize for Cultural Values as well as the 2017 General Assembly to be held jointly with Academia Europaea at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences were also provided.

The Royal irish Academy

The Royal irish Academy

On December 8, the members of the Board reconvened to hear an update on the status of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) as well as ALLEA’s participation in the SAM Horizon 2020 call in cooperation with a new consortium of European academy organisations.

The meeting concluded with an overview of upcoming events in the next year, starting with the first Board Meeting of 2016 in Bucharest. Following the conclusion of the Board meeting, the members of the Board held a joint meeting with the Chairs of the ALLEA Working Groups.

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