Antonio Loprieno, Professor of History of Institutions and former Rector of the University of Basel, was appointed as Maurice Campagna’s successor on 1 May 2018.
At their meeting on 18 October 2017, the delegates of Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences elected Professor Antonio Loprieno to be the next president of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. In addition to this role, Professor Loprieno was elected in 2017 as the next President of ALLEA and will assume this position on 17 May during the ALLEA General Assembly in Sofia at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
“The primary function of the Academies is to build bridges between science and society. As President, I aim to increase dialogue with the public and to shape how science is integrated into the social discourse,” said the new president of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in a public statement.
Antonio Loprieno studied Egyptology, linguistics and Semitic studies at the University of Turin in Italy. In the 1980s, he taught at various European universities, including the University of Göttingen in Germany and the University of Perugia in Italy. From 1989–2000, he was appointed Professor of Egyptology at the University of California in Los Angeles. He then worked at the University of Basel, first as Professor from 2000–2006 and then as Rector. In addition, he served as President of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) from 2008–2015.
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