Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU)


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Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti (SAZU)
Novi trg 3-5, SI-1001 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 470 6100
Fax386 (0) 1 425 3423
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Founded byGovernment of the Republic of Slovenia
Marko Marijan Mušič, President
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Zoran Mezeg, Managing Director
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Lucija Gorički, Secretary General
Phone386 (0) 1 470 6150
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Established in 1938, the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) is the supreme national institution for science and the arts, housed in the baroque palace from the 18th Century in the historical centre of Ljubljana. The Academy associates scientists and artists who have been elected as its members for their outstanding achievements in the field of sciences and arts.



The Academy cultivates, encourages and promotes sciences and arts and, through its activities, contributes to the development of scientific thought and creativity in the arts, particularly by: addressing basic issues of sciences and arts; participating in establishing the policies of research activities and creativity in arts; giving appraisals, proposals and opinions on the position, development and promotion of sciences and arts and on the organisation of research activities and creativity in the arts; organising research work, also in co-operation with universities and other research institutions, particularly in the fields which are important for the awareness of and gaining insight into the natural and cultural heritage of the Slovene nation and for the development of its language and culture; and developing international co-operation in the field of sciences and arts. SAZU joined the European Scientific Foundation in 1995.


The President, the two Vice-Presidents, the Secretary General and the Secretaries of its various Sections are elected for a period of three years with the possibility of one further re-election. SAZU can have a maximum of 60 full and 30 associate members; at present it has 83 full and 16 associate members. It can also have a maximum of 90 corresponding members from scientific institutions abroad; at present it has 80 such members.


SAZU is active in different fields of research, as reflected in the corresponding six sections of the Academy: The Section of Historical and Social Sciences (the section comprises two subsections: Historical Sciences and Social Sciences); The Section of Philological and Literary Sciences; The Section of Mathematical, Physical, Chemical and Technical Sciences (it comprises of two subsections: Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences and Technical Sciences); The Section of Natural Sciences; The Section of Medical Sciences and the Section of Arts.

Institutes and units

SAZU has founded 17 important research institutes from the fields of the humanities and natural sciences, each of which functions an autonomous research organisation, yet falls under the overall management of the Academy's Scientific Research Centre (ZRC SAZU).

SAZU also has several special units, including the Department for International Relations and Scientific Co-ordination is headed by a full member of SAZU and the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) Library, the third largest library in Slovenia, which regularly exchanges publications with scientific institutions all over the world.

International cooperation

The international cooperation is conducted by the Department for the International Relations and Scientific Co-ordinaton. At present the Academy has signed agreements with 38 foreign world-wide academies and is a member of several networks: the European Federation of National Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), International Academy of Pathology (IAP), Inter Academy Medical Panel (IAMP), Union Académique Internationale (UAI), and International Human Rights Network (IHRN).

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