ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, was founded in 1994 and currently brings together 54 Academies in 42 countries from the Council of Europe region. Member Academies operate as learned societies, think tanks and research-performing organisations. They are self- governing communities of leaders of scholarly enquiry across all fields of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. ALLEA therefore provides access to an unparalleled human resource of intellectual excellence, experience and expertise.
Independent from political, commercial and ideological interests, ALLEA’s policy work seeks to contribute to improving the framework conditions under which science and scholarship can excel. Jointly with its Member Academies, ALLEA is in a position to address the full range of structural and policy issues facing Europe in science, research and innovation. In doing so, it is guided by a common understanding of Europe bound together by historical, social and political factors as well as for scientific and economic reasons.
ALLEA seeks to promote the exchange of information and experience between academies; offer European science and society advice from its members; and strives for excellence in science and scholarship, high ethical standards and independence from political, commercial and ideological interests.