Academia Europaea Vice-President at the Armenian National Academy’s 75th Anniversary

Academia Europaea Vice-President at the Armenian National Academy’s 75th Anniversary

Armenia’s National Academy of Science, now officially named the National Academy of Sciences Republic of Armenia (NASRA), was established in 1943 and celebrated its 75th Anniversary on 17th and 18th October.

Panel discussion with the Armenian Prime Minister.
Panel discussion with the Armenian Prime Minister. From left to right: Graham Caie (Vice-President of ALLEA), Ole Petersen (Vice-President of AE), Tadej Bajd (President of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Chunli Bai (President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of AE), Radik Martirosyan (President of NASRA) and Nikol Pashinyan (Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia) (Image courtesy of the Press Office of the Armenian Government)

Presidents and Vice-Presidents of many national academies as well as pan-European academic organisations gathered in the Armenian capital Yerevan for this festive event, celebrating the achievements of Armenian scientists, scholars and artists. The President of the Armenian Academy, Academician Radik Martirosyan, invited Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, Director of the Academia Europaea – Cardiff Knowledge Hub and Vice-President of Academia Europaea, and his wife to attend this celebration. Professor Petersen gave a talk on Academia Europaea and its role in the European Commission’s Science Advice Mechanism and participated in panel discussions with the Presidium of the Armenian Academy as well as with the new Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, who came to power in May 2018 after the completely peaceful Armenian Velvet Revolution.

Ole Petersen and his wife
Ole Petersen and his wife, Nina Burdakova, in front of the famous painting ‘Armenia’. This magnificent painting by Martiros Sarian (1880-1972, Member of NASRA and generally regarded as the greatest Armenian artist) is in the Sarian House in Yerevan and depicts important Armenian motives including the impressive mountain, and national monument, Ararat (>5000 meter), which can be seen from Yerevan, although it is (to the great regret of the Armenians) in Turkey
Presentation of commemorative gifts to the Armenian Academy.
Presentation of commemorative gifts to the Armenian Academy. Ole Petersen (left) and Radik Martirosyan (right)
24th October 2018. For further information please contact Juliet Davies, Executive Officer daviesj89@cardiff.ac.uk
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