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Armenian Academy of Sciences (since 1993 - the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia) was founded on 10 November 1943 on the basis of the USSR Academy of Sciences' Armenian Branch, organized in 1935.
One of the founders and the first President of NAS RA was Full Member of the USSR and Armenian Academy of Sciences Prof. Hovsep Orbeli. During 1947-1993 the President of NAS RA was Prof. Victor Ambartsumian, Full Member of the USSR and Armenian Academies of Sciences. During 1993-2006 the President of NAS was academician Fadey Sargsian. Since 2006 the President of NAS RA is academician Radik Martirosyan.

NAS RA is a highest state scientific self-governing organization which unites NAS Members and scientific staff of affiliated scientific and research institutions. The Academy promotes and carries out fundamental and applied research in different scientific fields, as well as coordinates research carried out throughout Armenia. NAS RA is an official scientific consultant to the highest Governing Bodies of Armenia.

NAS RA is mainly financed from the state budget. Additional finances come from different state and private foundations, as well as from direct contracts between the Academy and other organizations in Armenia and abroad.

As a state scientific organization NAS RA unifies the scientific and research institutes, subsidiary services and governing body - the Presidium of the Academy includes more than 34 scientific institutions and other organizations.

The Presidium of NAS RA has five scientific divisions on particular areas of science:

  • Division of Mathematical and Technical Sciences,
  • Division of Physics and Astrophysics,
  • Division of Natural Sciences,
  • Division of Chemistry and Earth Sciences,
  • Division of Armenology and Social Sciences.

    Several Institutes have experimental plants, special design bureaus, botanical gardens, etc.
    The Presidium of NAS RA also includes Fundamental Scientific Library, Scientific Information Center, International Scientific Educational Center, "Gitutyun" Publishing-House and subsidiary services.

    Within the Presidium there are 5 scientific Commissions and Councils (Publication's Council, Energetic Problems' Council, Computing Technology Application Commussion, International Scientific Collaboration Council, Expert Commission on protection of Lake Sevan) and Councils on particular scientific area in every Division.

    Administrative Structure

    The Governing Body of NAS RA is the General Meeting of the Academy including all Full Members (academicians), Corresponding Members of the Academy, Directors and authorized representatives of the Institutes. Between the General Meetings the Academy is being administered by the Presidium composed of 11 members:

    The Staff

    The Academy has a staff consisting over 3700, among which there are 63 academicians, 61 corresponding members,335 doctors of sciences, 1080 candidates of sciences. It has 4 Honorary, 111 Foreign members and 55 Honorary doctors.
    Members are elected at the General Meeting held as a rule once 3 years.

    International Scientific Collaboration

    NAS RA has scientific collaboration agreements with the Academies of Russia, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkmenia, Hungary, China and the Royal Society of Great Britain. Affiliated scientific institutions maintain wide international linkages and co-operation with scientific institutions and universities of USA, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Israel, Iran, Cyprus, Mexico and other countries.

    The scientists of NAS RA are participate in scientific programs of many international foundations and other organizations.

    NAS RA issues 14 scientific log-books:

  • Reports of NAS RA - Editor-in-Chief Acad. Vanik Zakharyan
  • Proceedings of NAS RA - Earth Sciences - Editor-in-Chief Acad. Ruben Djrbashyan
  • Proceedings of NAS RA - Mathematics - Editor-in-Chief corr.-memb. Dr. Artur Sahakyan (Translated into English)
  • Armenian Journal of Mathemathics - Editor-in-Chief Acad. Anry Nersessian (Translated into English)
  • Proceedings of NAS RA - Mechanics - Editor-in-Chief cor.-memb. Dr. Ara Avetisyan (Translated into English)
  • Proceedings of NAS RA & ESUA - Series of Technical Sciences - Editor-in-Chief Acad. Radik Martirosyan
  • Proceedings of NAS RA - Physics - Editor-in-Chief Acad.Vladimir Harutyunyan.
  • Armenian Journal of Physics - Editor-in-Chief Acad.Vladimir Harutyunyan (Translated into English).
  • Astrophysics - Editor-in-Chief Acad. David Sedrakyan (Translated into English)
  • Bulletin of Social Sciences - Editor-in-Chief cor.-memb. Dr. Albert Kharatian
  • Medical Science of Armenia - Editor-in-Chief Acad. Yuri Aleksanyan
  • Biological Journal of Armenia - Editor-in-Chief cor.-memb. Emil Gevorgyan
  • Chemical Journal of Armenia - Editor-in-Chief Acad. Ashot Saghiyan
  • Neurochemistry - Editor-in-Chief Dr. M. Agadjanov (Translated into English)
  • Historical and Philological Journal - Editor-in-Chief cor.-memb. Sargis Haroutyunian
  • Electronic Journal of Natural Sciences - Editor-in-Chief Acad. Aram Shaginyan
  • The Academy publishes a weekly - "Gitutyun"
  • "In the World of Science"Editor-in-Chief Acad. Edward Ghazaryan.
  • News

    On September 19, 2014, the workshop “Scientific Computing Challenges” will be held in Yerevan, organized by National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA with the support of EUFP7 Project INARMERA-ICT

    “The First World War and the Armenians (History and actual problems)” to be held on October 1-2, 2014 in Yerevan organized by National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Armenia and Yerevan State University

    On October 7-9, 2014, “Relation of Astronomy to other Sciences, Culture and Society” meeting will take place in Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, devoted to the role of astronomy in science, culture and other fields of human activity and development of these fields due to the knowledge obtained from the Universe

    On 7-10 October 2014 the IV Symposium of Armenian Chemical Society (with international participation) “Achievements and Problems” will be held in Yerevan on 7-8 October in the National Academy of Sciences of RA (Marshal Baghramyan ave.24) and will be continued on 9-10 October in Vanadzor State University after H. Tumanyan, organized by the Armenian Chemical Society, Scientific Technological Center of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Vanadzor State University after H. Tumanyan

    On October 15 – November 15, 2014, the Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA is organizing the training course on “The basics of Bioethics. Bioethical Expertise in Biomedical and Clinical Studies”

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