24. Juris Ekmanis, President of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. The Latvian Academy of Sciences.

The Latvian Academy of Sciences acts as Latvia’s national academy of sciences dedicated to the promotion of scientific and scholarly endeavour, the study of the history, culture and language of Latvian people and the state, as well as of Latvia’s natural resources and environment. 2010 was the 65th year in the history of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. We serve the cause of the development of Latvia’s science, education and culture, and to raising the profile of science generally. Our Academy is a community in which all Latvian universities, many institutions of higher education and the biggest research institutes are represented by members, and it allows us to take a role in which our own expertise can be made available across the borders between various scientific and educational institutions.

The LAS marks February 14 as „The Day of the Academy” for two interesting facts. The Latvian Academy of Sciences was founded on 14 February 1946, and, since then, until 1991, it acted also as an umbrella for various research institutions. On 14 February 1992, the General Meeting, the highest decisive body of the LAS, adopted its Charter and the new Statute. The Charter of the LAS was approved by the Latvian Saeima. The present-day Academy is an autonomous organisation and the true successor of the scientific associations, which existed in Latvia in the 19th century, and the former Academy of Sciences. In late 2010 the Academy held a meeting in Jelgava dedicated to the 195th anniversary of its oldest predecessor – the former Kurzeme Society for Literature and Art.

 

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