The ALLEA Board consists of eleven members, elected by the General Assembly, including Vice-Presidents and the ALLEA President who chairs the Board. The Vice Presidents are elected from among the members of the Board.



Members of the ALLEA Board 


Antonio Loprieno, President

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

Professor Antonio Loprieno assumed the Presidency of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, ALLEA (All European Academies), in May 2018. He additionally serves as President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. 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 to 2000, he was Professor of Egyptology at the University of California Los Angeles. He served first as Professor at the University of Basel from 2000–2006 and then as Rector from 2006-2015. Among other positions, he was President of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) from 2008–2015, and holds the Presidency of the Austrian Science Board (Österreichischer Wissenschaftsrat).


Hubert Bocken, Vice President

Royal Flemish Academies of Belgium for Science and the Arts

Hubert Bocken is honorary President of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. Educated in law at Ghent University and the Harvard Law School, Professor Bocken taught law of obligations, comparative law and environmental law at Ghent University, where he also served as member of the Board of the University, as Dean of the Faculty of Law, and as Chair of its foreign relations committee. He presently is co-chair of the Commission for the revision of Belgian Tort Law established by the Belgian Minister of Justice. Since 2016 he is part of the ALLEA Board and was reelected in 2018.

Krista Varantola, Vice President

Council of Finnish Academies

Krista Varantola is member of the Council of Finnish Academies and of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. She is Professor and Rector Emerita of the University of Tampere in Finland. Her academic field is English linguistics. She is currently Chair of the University Board of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Varantola has a long-standing interest in research integrity. She chairs the National Board on Research Integrity in Finland and is member of the ALLEA Permanent Working Group on Science & Ethics. She was one of the drafting group members of the 2017 revised edition of The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. She also acts in an advisory role for research integrity in a number EU funded research projects. Since 2016 she is part of the ALLEA Board and was reelected in 2018.
Graham Caie, Vice President
Royal Society of Edinburgh

Graham Caie CBE is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Research Fellow in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Glasgow, where he previously served as Vice Principal. His research interests include Old and Middle English language and literature, the history of the English language, Scots language, and interdisciplinary medieval studies. He is Fellow and former Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and he was Vice Chair of the Board of the National Library of Scotland, where he remains as Deputy Chair. He is on the Advisory Board of the British Council, Scotland, and on the Court (governing body) of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Since 2014 he is part of the ALLEA Board and was reelected in 2018.
Oliver Jens Schmitt
Austrian Academy of Sciences

Oliver Jens Schmitt studied Byzantine studies, Modern Greek studies and Eastern European history in Basel, Vienna, Berlin and Munich, and holds a Ph.D. by the University of Munich. His research foci include fascism in Eastern Europe (with a focus on Romania) in the framework of comparative fascist studies, eastern Mediterranean urban societies in the 19th century, society and politics in the late Ottoman Empire, among others. He has been Professor of Southeastern European history at the University of Vienna since 2005, and since 2017 he also serves as President of the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).
Susanne Albers

Leopoldina and Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

Susanne Albers is Professor of computer science at the Technische Universität München. She studied mathematics, computer science and business administration at the University of Osnabrück. Thereafter, she moved to Saarland University and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, first as a Ph.D. student and subsequently as a senior researcher. Her research interests are in the field of efficient algorithms. The focus of her scientific work is the design and analysis of online and approximation algorithms. She was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2008. In 2016 she received an ERC Advanced Grant. She is a member of Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences, and the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.
Luke Drury

Royal Irish Academy

Luke Drury has a degree in pure mathematics and experimental physics by the Trinity College Dublin, and a Ph.D. in astrophysics by the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. He has previously worked in the Max Planck Institut für Kernphysik in Heidelberg before returning to Ireland as Senior Professor in the Cosmic Ray Section. He was President of the Royal Irish Academy from 2011 to 2014. His research interests include plasma physics, particle acceleration, gas dynamics, shock waves, and cosmic ray origin.

Gheorghe Duca

Academy of Sciences of Moldova

Gheorghe Duca is President of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. He graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry of the State University of Moldova, where he also earned his doctoral studies in chemical sciences. He later pursued his postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 1988-1992, Gheorghe Duca served as Head of the Physical Chemistry Department ot the State University of Moldova, and later as Director of the Research Center of Ecological and Applied Chemistry from 1991- 1998. Throughout his career, Gheorghe Duca has authored 1,565 edited works, including 624 scientific articles, 139 patents, 42 monographs, 25 textbooks and methodical works.

Maarten Prak

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Maarten Prak is Professor of Social and Economic History at the Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University, Netherlands. He is an expert of early modern history, having authored and edited several publications on Dutch national history, comparative history of Europe, and global history. His research work has focused on a wide range of topics, including citizenship, institutions, cultural industries, guilds and human capital. In the past, Maarten Prak has been visiting scholar at prestigious universities around Europe. He chaired the Humanities Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO (2014-16), and he presently serves as a member of the governing board of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Paweł Rowiński

Polish Academy of Sciences

Paweł Rowiński holds a degree in computer sciences and mechanics with emphasis in applied mathematics by the University of Warsaw, and a doctoral degree in earth sciences with a specialisation in geophysics by the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. Among others, his research interests include mathematical methods in geophysics, geophysical flows, river hydrodynamics, and fluvial hydraulics. Paweł Rowiński has published more than 150 refereed scientific publications and one book on earth and planetary sciences, and he serves as Associate Editor for several prominent scientific journals and publications. Since May 2015, he serves as Vice-President of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Pere Puigdomènech

Institute of Catalan Studies and Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona

Pere Puigdomènech has a degree in Physics from the University of Barcelona, and a doctorate in biological sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His current field of research is Plant Molecular Biology and Genomics. He has published 150 scientific articles in refereed journals and books, 2 patents, 5 books on popular science and scientific fiction, and supervised 18 Ph.D. theses. He has published more than 500 articles on science in renown Spanish as well as international scientific journals. Puigdomènech has been a member of the scientific staff of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) since 1981, and he presently serves as Research Professor in the CSIC’s Centre for research in Agricultural Genomics in Barcelona.


Board Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

March 2019: Brussels, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

May 2019: Bern, Haus der Akademie, hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

December 2019: TBA

Meeting in 2018

December 2018: Warsaw, Polish Academy of Sciences

September 2018: Berlin, Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina.

May 2018: Sofia, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

February 2018: Rome, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

Meetings in 2017

November 2017: London, British Academy

September 2017: Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

June 2017: Barcelona, Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona, i Institut d’Estudis Catalans

January 2017: Berlin, Leopoldina and Union of German Academies

Meetings in 2016

December 2016: Belgrade, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

September 2016: Tbilisi, Georgian Academy of Sciences

June 2016: Minsk, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

March 2016: Bucharest, Romanian Academy

Past Board Meetings