Academy of Athens

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Academy of Athens
founding March 18, 1926
Sponsorship state
place Athens , Greece
president Stephanios Imellos
Academy of Athens, frontal view

The Academy of Athens ( Greek Ακαδημία Αθηνών , English : Academy of Athens ) is the leading provider of non-university academic research and the central scientific institution in Greece . It is based in the Greek capital Athens .

The Academy of Athens is a founding member of the International Union of Academies and the International Council for Science (ICSU) as well as a member of ALLEA , EASAC , IAC and IAMP .


Academy of Athens, interior

As early as 1824, during the Greek Revolution , Greek academics tried to create the academy in the "Center of Education in Greece" ( Thucydides ) and as a modern successor to the ancient Platonic Academy .

As a gift from the Austrian Baron Simon von Sina , the Classical Academy Sinea named after him was built by the architect Ernst Ziller according to plans by the Danish architect Theophil von Hansen , and the murals were carried out by Christian Griepenkerl . However, the Academy of Athens was only founded as an institution by constitutional decree on March 18, 1926 as an Academy of Sciences and Arts. On March 24, 1926, the then presidential council took over the building of the "Akademie Sinaea".


The academy is funded by the Ministry of National Education and Religion and administered by the academy's senate. The latter consists, among other things, of the annually newly elected President and the Vice-President, who becomes the President's successor in office in the following year.

The Athens Academy is divided into three sections:

  1. Section of Science
  2. Section of Literature and Fine Arts
  3. Section of Ethics and Political Sciences

The Ioannis Sykoutris Library is the Academy's central library. In addition, the Academy currently manages 23 research institutes in Greece as well as the subordinate Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice .

See also

President of the Academy of Athens

Web links

Commons : Academy of Athens  - collection of images, videos and audio files


Coordinates: 37 ° 58 '48.3 "  N , 23 ° 44' 2.6"  E