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Main building of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
The Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C., one of several facilities where the National Academy of Sciences maintains offices.
Slovak Academy of Sciences (Presidium Building).
Ungern-Sternberg palace on Toompea, nowadays the main building of Estonian Academy of Sciences.
The main building of the Academy of Athens, located in central Athens, Greece.

An academy of sciences is a type of learned society or academy (as special scientific institution) dedicated to sciences that may or may not be state funded. Some state funded academies are tuned into national or royal (in case of the United Kingdom i.e. Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge) as a form of honor.

The other type of academies are Academy of Arts or combination of both (e.g., American Academy of Arts and Sciences).

In non-English-speaking countries, the range of academic fields of the members of a national Academy of Science often includes scholarly disciplines which would not normally be classed as "science" in English. Many languages use a broad term for systematized learning which includes both natural and social sciences and fields such as literary studies, linguistics, history, or art history. (Often these terms are calques from Latin scientia (the etymological source of English science) and, accordingly, derivatives of the verb ‘know’, such as German Wissenschaft, Swedish vetenskap, Hungarian tudomány, Estonian teadus or Finnish tiede.) Accordingly, for example the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften), the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia), or the Estonian Academy of Sciences (Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia) also cover the areas of social sciences and humanities.

As the engineering sciences have become more varied and advanced, there is a recent trend in many advanced countries to organize the National Academy of Engineering (or Engineering Sciences), separate from the national Academy of Sciences.

Academies of science play an important role in science diplomacy efforts.[1]


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  1. ^ Hassan, Mohamed (10 March 2015). "Academies of Science as Key Instruments of Science Diplomacy". Science & Diplomacy. 4 (1).
  2. ^ a b Hiilamo, Elli-Alina (29 July 2019). "Pitäisikö Suomen vastata Unkarin kritiikkiin? Tutkija toivoo EU:n reagoivan 'härskiin mustamaalaukseen', ettei Suomen uskottavuus kärsisi". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ Hoare, James E. (2012). "Academy of Sciences". Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Lanham: Scarecrow Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-8108-7987-4.