LAS AND THE WORLD
The Lithuanian Academy of Sciences promotes the scientific cooperation between Lithuanian and foreign research centres and individual scientists by supporting the links between the Lithuanian scientists and foreign academies of sciences and other institutions, with the assistance of its 60 foreign members whose activities are related to Lithuania, and contributing to the organization of important scientific events.
The LAS represents Lithuanian science at the Federation of ALL European Academies (ALLEA); the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU); the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC); and the InterAcademy Panel (IAP). The Lithuanian Academy is actively involved in the work of these organizations and it spreads information about their activities in this country.
The Lithuanian Academy of Sciences supports and finances the international mobility of scientists along the lines of bilateral agreements with other academies. The Academy has concluded 27 agreements with scientific institutions in foreign countries: Austrian AS, the National AS of Belarus, the British Academy, the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance, the Royal Society, Estonian AS, Latvian AS, Polish AS, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Russian AS, Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art, Finnish AS, Swiss AS and other academies.
According to the international scientific cooperation agreements, the Academy’s exchange program is accessible to all Lithuanian scientific and educational institutions. It gives the Lithuanian scientists an excellent opportunity to work at international research centres, to go abroad to get
knowledge and experience, also to receive foreign partners and carry out joint projects. Under Lithuania’s Government instructions, the LAS has to coordinate and expand the cooperation with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
The most intensive international scientific links are maintained with neighbouring countries. To continue the prewar tradition (1935-40) revived in 1999, Baltic Conferences on Intellectual Cooperation are held on a regular basis - every other year. The 12th Conference was arranged in Vilnius on 4-5 November 2010; it was attended by the heads of the Baltic Academies of Sciences and invited speakers from 6 countries. Featuring prominently on its agenda were the story of Baltic intellectual entente, the strategy of national academies and their unions as scientific advisers, the system of studies-science-social demand, problems of national identity, the spread of science, and other relevant problems. In the Resolution adopted by the Conference, it is underlined that European national academies foster synergy through ALLEA for analyzing science policy, for improving science education, for enhancing science evaluation, for establishing a Code of Conduct, etc. Better cooperation with other academies in the European Research Area is important. Also, the following targets have been set up for the nearest future:
To influence policymaking with the best scientific advice;
To promote an innovation-friendly environment and legislative framework;
To engage in an open dialogue with various interest groups over sensitive and controversial issues (cloning, genetic modification, nanotechnology, technoethics and bioethics,
environment, social engineering, etc.);
To educate the public through informal means and to strengthen the science communication skills of the academies’ members;
To encourage young people to pursue careers in science.