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Allea elects new president

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Polish Earth scientist to lead European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities

The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, which brings together more than 50 learned academies from about 40 European countries, has elected a new president.

Allea revealed on 22 May at its 2024 General Assembly, held in Berlin, that its next leader will be current board member Paweł Rowiński (pictured).

Rowiński was previously vice-president at Allea member organisation the Polish Academy of Sciences. He will serve as president of Allea for the next three years.

An Earth science researcher, Rowiński “actively engages in science advice, science popularisation, science ethics, and demonstrates a strong commitment to water and climate issues”, Allea said.

Folllowing his appointment, Rowinski said: “As international collaboration faces increasing challenges, cross-border cooperation among academies becomes more vital than ever. I am committed to working closely with all Allea members to ensure that the voice of the academies continues to be heard.”

He succeeds Antonio Loprieno from the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, who has led Allea since 2018. Loprieno said it was “gratifying to see that Allea’s mission will be continued by very capable hands”.

Allea also welcomed three new member organisations: the Young Academy of Belgium (Flanders), the Young Academy of Spain, and the Hungarian Young Academy. This increases the total membership of Allea to 59 academies from EU and non-EU countries.

With the admission of the three, Allea said it now has six young academies among its members, which reflects its “commitment to promoting inclusivity, diversity and collaboration across generations”.