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Junge Akademie tandem elected to the board of the European academy association ALLEA

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Lara Keuck (links) und Kerstin Maria Pahl (rechts). Beide Fotos: Peter Himsel

Lara Keuck and Kerstin Maria Pahl part of the ten-person ALLEA Board from 1 June 2024

The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) has elected a new ten-member board. Under the leadership of the newly elected President Paweł Rowiński (Polish Academy of Sciences), the Board will oversee ALLEA's scientific and political work until mid-2027. The Board is elected every three years from among the members of the European science academies united in ALLEA. The new Board will take office on 1 June 2024.

With Lara Keuck and Kerstin Maria Pahl, who applied for a joint board position, two members of the Junge Akademie were succeeded in obtaining a seat on the board. The tandem candidacy reflects a characteristic of the Junge Akademie: as membership is limited to five years, Keuck will hand over the ALLEA Board position to active member Pahl in summer 2025 at the end of her membership of the Junge Akademie. Keuck was already represented on the Board in the last period. She was the first representative of a Young Academy to be elected to the position.

Lara Keuck on her re-election: "I am delighted to have been elected to the ALLEA Board for a further term of office. On the Board, we define ALLEA's strategic goals and guiding values. All activities, procedures, projects and reports are orientated and measured against these. This enables us to bring weight to concerns and demands, because ALLEA is a key player in scientific policy advice and is heard in European science policy."

As of this year, six Young Academies are represented in ALLEA alongside the more than fifty science academies from the Council of Europe. The German Junge Akademie was the first Young Academy to be admitted in 2020, followed by the Scottish and Swedish Young Academies. Finally, the Flemish, Spanish and Hungarian Young Academies were also admitted in 2024.

Kerstin Maria Pahl on the importance of the Young Academies in ALLEA: "For the German Junge Akademie, being a member of the ALLEA Board is a great opportunity to give early- and mid-career researchers a voice at European level. Science and research make an outstanding contribution to a democratic, sustainable and secure future, both nationally and globally - it is particularly important that up-and-coming researchers can play a part in this."

In addition to the tandem of Keuck and Pahl, another German researcher, Annette Grüters-Kieslich, member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, was elected to the Board. Grüters-Kieslich is also starting her second term of office.

Other members of the new Board:

  • Jūras Banys (Lithuanian Academy of Sciences)
  • Ylva Engström (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)
  • Marie-Louise Nosch (Royal Danish Academy of Sciences)
  • Jozef Ongena (Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium)
  • Päivi Pahta (Council of the Finnish Academies)
  • Karin Roelofs (Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
  • Neri Salvadori (Accademia dei Lincei)
  • Camilla Serck-Hanssen (Norwegian Academy of Sciences)

About ALLEA: ALLEA is the European umbrella organisation of the Academies of Sciences and Humanities, representing more than 59 academies from 40 EU and non-EU countries. It was founded in 1994 with the aim of promoting the transformative power of scientific co-operation between Eastern and Western Europe after the end of the Cold War and facilitating the exchange of ideas across borders and disciplines.

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