The European Academy of Sciences and Arts is the result of a long maturation process. Its development began in 1986 with a working group in Salzburg, and concluded with the founding of the Academy by its three architects: Heart surgeon Felix Unger of Salzburg, the former archbishop of Vienna, Franz Cardinal König, and the political scientist and philosopher Nikolaus Lobkowicz.
With his vision of an academy, Felix Unger aimed for a clearly-defined goal: with the help of a dense network of European scientists and artists, the problems and questions facing Europe should be examined from different perspectives and ultimately answered. Cardinal König also held the opinion that the differentiation of academic fields and research was a risk. From his point of view, the differentiation of specialized knowledge and terminology would make communication more difficult as well as preventing the view of the whole: This whole was more to him than just the sum of various fields.
Nikolaus Lobkowicz had sought for possibilities to stem the decline in values which he saw in Europe. He realized that this challenge called for representatives of all disciplines - philosophers and historians, scientists and engineers. With the European Academy of Sciences and Arts he saw a way to convince its members and thereby science as a whole to do more joint research in this direction. An academy with competent international members could tackle the decisive problems of Europe and meet its pioneering role.
The connection, which resulted from personal motives and reasons of these three persons finally proved to be the perfect foundation for establishing an academy. The goal was achieved on 7 March 1990, when The European Academy of Sciences and Arts was founded.