II. Foundations The Academy holds a Foundation in Austria entitled “Europäische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste Privatstiftung”. The Foundation in Austria has the specific goal to enable additional funds for the projects of the Academyand to raise 4 - 5 mill. Euro. The „Stiftung Schweiz der Europäischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste“ has the main objective of the Swiss Foundation consists in initiating and realizing projects ofEuropean relevance. - Brain Research and the Conception of Human Being - Minority Languages, Migration and Tolerance - Contribution to Shaping the Swiss Federal Policy of Promoting Culture III. Plena 2005 In 2005 there have been many activities within the spectrum of the entire Academy. The most significant activities have been Plenary Sessions, Special Sessions, Conventions and Working Groups. On March 5 th 2005 the Academy held the Festive Plenary Session in Salzburg. Ferenc Mádl, President of Hungary and Protector of the Academy, has presented the laudation to the former Vice-President György Pethes receiving the title of Senator h.c. The Governor of Salzburg, Gabi Burgstaller, welcomed our new members. The two main talks were really complementary to each other: Jean-Jacques Dordain, President of the European Space Agency, presented the activities of space exploration and Eugen Biser spoke about the spiritual dimension of space and cosmology. These two presentations characterize the interdisciplinary spirit of the Academy. On August 15 th Giandomenico Picco received the “Price of Tolerance 2005” in Salzburg. On October 21 st 2005 the Fall Plenary Session was organized in Ljubljana by Branko Stanovnik, and dealt with the “Natural Sciences in Contemporary Society”. Commissioner Potonik delivered the introductory remarks, f focusing on the human dimensions of nanotechnologies, as well as related physical and metaphysical approaches. IV. European Health 1. Health is Wealth The EuropeanAcademyofSciencesandArts delivered in 2004 the report “Health is Wealth – Strategic Visions for European Health Care at the Beginning of the 21 st Century”. This report was presented on October 10 th , 2005 in Brussels to the National Health Attaches, who were invited by the Austrian Ambassador. The EU Director General of Health, Ferdinand Sauer, was also present and stimulated the Academy by suggesting the design for a European Institute of Health enabling greater standardization in medicine, as desired by the member states. Due to European Parliament elections, some meeting delays occurred. We are very grateful to the support of Mr. Ingo Friedrich, the Vice-President of the European Parliament, as well Philippe Busquin, the Chairman of STOA. We are now scheduled in the first half of 2006, presenting “Health is Wealth” to the STOA. The parliamentarian hearings are under preparation. 2. On January 28 th there was a meeting on new cardiac surgery in the European region in Salzburg chaired by F. Unger. 3. “Stem cells research” organized by K. Meßmer and R. Huss on February. 23 rd , 2005. 4. “Chiemgauer Kardiologietage”, a meeting between cardiologists and cardiac surgeons was held on September 24 th , 2005, chaired by W. Moshage. 5. 6. Mannheimer Ethik-Symposium on September 24 th in Mannheim: Erotik - Sexualität - Beziehungskultur im Spannungsfeld zwischen Ratlosigkeit und neuer Dogmatisierung. Interdisziplinäre Herausforderung für Wissenschaften und Künste. Organized by H. Kick.
6. An upcoming international and interdisciplinary Conference on Brain Research and Conception of the Human Being will be held from October 12 th -14 th , 2006 in Freibourg and is currently in preparation. 7. “Cardiac Surgery in the 3 rd Millennium – Biological Solutions”, Salzburg, November 30 th – December 2 nd , chaired by R. Koerfer and F. Unger 8. Developing of the new project “The new Paradigm of Medicine in the 21 st Century”. It has been evident that medicine is relying on a paradigm established by La Mettrie, which is surely outdated. The Academy started to develop a new paradigm based on our interdisciplinary approach. This was presented to Jan Figel on November 23 rd in Brussels. Commissioner Figel has been requested to patronize this project, along with Mr. Ingo Friedrich, the Vice-President of the European Parliament. This new paradigm will be source of a new medical curriculum valid in Europe, including the Bologna criteria. In 2006 and 2007 the project will be realized. The kick off meeting is scheduled on March 3 rd , 2006. V. Central-and Eastern European Network The Central- and Eastern European Network is a platform for informal dialogue among the Presidents of National Academies ofSciences from the countries in Central- and Southeast Europe. The initiative for the Network was taken by the EuropeanAcademyofSciencesandArts early 2003 in connection with the then upcoming EU enlargement. The Network holds two annual meetings. This year’s meetings were held: 1. In Brussels (September 16) where the proposal for the 7 th EU RTD Programme was discussed with experts from the European Commission; and 2 2. in Ljubljana (October 20-21) where views were exchanged with Jure Zupan, Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, and Janez Potonik, European Commissioner for Science and Research. Based on the above discussions, the Network issued: - The declaration “Reap the Rewards” that calls attention to the scientific potential of Central- and Southeast Europe that can offer a significant contribution to the 7 th EU RTD Framework Programme, but investment is needed to reap the rewards of Central- and Southeast European potential. - The declaration “European Institute of Technology - Do we need it?” that recommends that such an initiative must receive adequate funds, the structure must be flexible to attract world-class individuals, and be established as a network between excellent research groups and university faculties. The declarations were transmitted to the European Parliament andEuropean Commission. Relevant organisations such as ALLEA, Academia Europaea and Euroscience were kept informed. In 2006 the meetings will be jointly organised with the Hungarian AcademyofSciences (Budapest, May 26) and the AcademyofSciencesof the Czech Republic (Prague, Fall). Vl. Budapest Round Table The Budapest Round Table is an annual event; each round-table discusses current burning issues. The participants come from the young and older generations. The discussions are recorded and a concise version of every event (in form of DVD) is distributed in Europe to education establishments. The aim is to inspire to similar dialogues between generations. The DVD may be used as background material for international studies and other relevant subjects. Students need to pay attention to interdisciplinary issues and include scientific subjects in their studies. Ideally, the young