ALLEA General Assembly 2018


ALLEA will hold its 19th General Assembly at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) in Sofia on 16-18 May 2018. The event comprises a scientific symposium on “Science in Times of Challenged Trust and Expertise”, as well as a science-policy symposium co-organised by the European academies’ project SAPEA

As in previous years, the event is held in conjunction with ALLEA’s annual business meeting (closed), which brings together delegates from the 59 ALLEA Member Academies.

On 16 May 2018, the event will feature the 2018 award ceremony of the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, which will be rounded off by a festive evening reception in the Archaeological Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.


 16 May 2018

  • ALLEA scientific symposium
  • Mme de Staël award ceremony
  • Festive celebration

17 May 2018

  • SAPEA science-policy symposium
  • ALLEA General Assembly business meeting (closed)

18 May 2018

  • Cultural Programme




Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)
15th November #1 str, Sofia, 1040, Bulgaria




Registration will open in the beginning of 2018. For further information, please contact ALLEA Secretariat at



Programme parts


Scientific Symposium: Science in Times of Challenged Trust and Expertise

16 May 2018 (12:00 – 17:30)

In a significantly changing landscape of communication the symposium will focus on the role of science in our present societies and the dynamics of public trust in expertise. Speakers and panelists from across Europe will discuss with the participants –- the challenges science faces in times of contested norms regarding what counts as truth, facts, evidence and interpretation.

As proponents of evidence-based reasoning, but also as institutions highly affected by this change, the symposium provides academies a platform to debate the challenges they face. This interdisciplinary and pan-European symposium aims at exploring notions of the alleged loss of trust in research and evidence, its underlying causes, questions on how valid knowledge can and should be acquired and communicated, and how different academic disciplines are dealing with it.

The symposium aims at exploring notions of the alleged loss of trust in research and evidence, its underlying causes, questions on how valid knowledge can and should be acquired and communicated.

Keynote speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers include Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, University of Cambridge, British Academy, Royal Society; Antonio Loprieno, University of Basel, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences; José van Dijck, University of Utrecht, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.   


ALLEA Madame de Staël Prize award ceremony

16 May 2018 (18:30 – 20:00)

Participants in Sofia are invited to join the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values award ceremony. The 2018 prize will be handed over by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel.

The ALLEA Prize is annually awarded to eminent scholars whose work represents a significant contribution to the cultural and intellectual values of Europe and to the idea of European integration, thereby promoting and strengthening an understanding of Europe as multifaceted, intellectual, open and vibrant.  Past laureates include the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union Professor Koen Lenaerts (Leuven University), Professor Rémi Brague (University of Paris I, Professor Dame Helen Wallace (British Academy), Professor Luisa Passerini (European University Institute).

Following the award ceremony, a festive celebration will take place at the National Archaeological Institute with Museum (Location: 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia, 10 minutes walking distance from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)     


SAPEA symposium: Science Advice for Policy by European Academies

17 May 2018 (8:30 – 13:00)

In the context of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council in the first half of 2018, the European Academies project SAPEA will co-organise a science-policy symposium  which follows up on issues raised during the previous SAPEA conference “Crossing Boundaries”, held at the Estonian Academy of Sciences in October 2017.

The workshop will discuss issues of high relevance for the different actors in the landscape of scientific advice, including the scientific community, policy-makers and not least society as the final “recipient” of evidence-based policy. Speakers will present outcomes of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) in general, and the contributions from SAPEA in particular, while including examples of successes and challenges, and questions on the role and impact, as well as on forms of communication and public outreach of scientific advice.

ALLEA General Assembly Business Meeting (closed)

17 May 2018 (14:00-18:30)

The General Assembly is ALLEA’s highest legislative body, where all Member Academies decide on the federation’s policy, governance bodies and budget. In this closed business meeting, ALLEA Member Academies’ delegates will discuss ALLEA governance, strategy and policy matters, as well as the most relevant recent, on-going and upcoming activities. The 2018 meeting will include the official handover of the ALLEA Presidency from Professor Günter Stock to Professor Antonio Loprieno, who was elected as successor in Budapest in September 2017.




Cultural programme: One-day trip to Plovdiv, 2019 European Capital of Culture

18 May 2018 (approximately 9:00 – 17:00)

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences kindly invites participants of the events to attend a guided sightseeing tour to the city Plovdiv, the 2019 European Capital of Culture. The ancient Philipopolis is one of the oldest towns in Europe. It was inhabited by the Thracians, Romans, Goths, Slavs and Ottomans, whose traces have turned the town into a museum. 

Note: For the participation in this cultural activity, a contribution of approximately 35-45 € will be charged.