Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj (AIS)
International Academy of Sciences (AIS)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about AIS
Paderborn, 1995-02-18

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What is the AIS?

What the AIS is not

The Formation of the AIS

Who Supports the Academy?

How to Join the AIS

What Does the AIS Do?

The Structure of the AIS

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What is the AIS?

The International Academy of Sciences (Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj, AIS) San Marino is a common platform for professionally notable and linguistically progressive scientists from all over the world, striving for greater efficiency in scientific research and teaching, and for closer contact of the latter with technology and art, by enhancing international communication and interdisciplinary co-operation.

The members (MdAIS), as well as the associated, effective members (AMdAIS) and the adjuncts (AdAIS) belong to different nations, continents, races, religions, speech areas, and policies. Their political pluralism guarantees the strict political neutrality of the AIS, except for its only common political goal: to realize, little by little, the basic human right to communication without hindrance either by language barriers or language discrimination.

AIS does not restrict itself to some of the sciences (this is why, in ILo, it is called "akademio de la sciencoj", rather than "de sciencoj") but is basically open towards any field of systematic research where it is desired and conceivable to gain knowledge valid independently of linguistic, racial, political, religious, or other membership. Therefore the sections and departments of the AIS, while aiming at a complete classification of all sciences, do not cover theology nor any analogous doctrine of any religion, but do comprise comparative theology and religious history.

The AIS is a free institution in the free republic of San Marino, a small European country. The state of San Marino provides a legal platform and some material help but does not interfere with the freedom of scientific teaching and research.

What the AIS is not

Although the International Academy of Sciences (AIS), according to art. 4 of its statute, "takes special care of the application of the Internacia Lingvo in scientific communication and in culture", it neither wants to nor can it replace the Akademio de Esperanto or any other organisation of the Esperanto movement.

Even though the only working language of the Senate, the General Assembly and the examination committees of the AIS is ILo, the Internacia Lingvo of Dr. Esperanto, the Statute, in addition, declares the four ethnic languages with the richest tradition in European history official languages of the AIS, namely English, French, German, and Italian.

The heads of the AIS are aware of the fact that the Esperanto movement surpasses the aims of the Academy, which are restricted to the fields of science and, in second place, of art and technology. So AIS does in no way wish to rival the Esperanto movement or to force the complete cultural heritage of the latter upon the members and adjuncts of the Academy. Quite a few university researchers use the language initiated by Dr. Zamenhof in 1887 in their scientific work because of the precision, conciseness, ease of learning and neutrality of this most successful of the living planned languages but do not feel themselves Esperantists for it.

This division from the Esperanto movement AIS points out by its respect to the compromise proclaimed on the occasion of the inauguration of the First "Sanmarinian University Session" (SUS 1) on December 28, 1983: AIS uses as the name of the language of Zamenhof not the initiator's pseudonym but the original name "Internacia Lingvo", frequently abbreviated "ILo".

The Formation of the AIS

At the suggestion of scientist members of the "Europa Klubo", the Sanmarinian Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Fausta Morganti, presented a motion about the foundation of the Academy, approved by the "Congresso di Stato" in its decision nr. 58 on May 19, 1983. The promotion committee AIS of the Europa Klubo prepared the first Sanmarinian University Session (SUS 1). On this conference, by which the scientific activity of the AIS effectively started already in 1983, the International Scientifique College (Internacia Scienca Kolegio, ISK), was established as the personal base for this scientific activity.

On September 13, 1985, AIS was established officially by notarial signing of the Statute, and on October 1985 ("1685 after the foundation of the Republic"), the Great and General Council of the Republic of San Marino enacted the skeleton law on university teaching and institutions of higher education, making possible the official acknowledgement of the Academy's teaching activities without infringing its internationality and independence.

This way, on the basis of detailed examination regulations, and of the judgement of a multinational committee, AIS can acknowledge graduations from universities or other academic institutions conferring an international scientific degree:

These degrees may also be qualified for originally, studying and taking exams mainly with lecturers of the AIS.

Who Supports the Academy?

In addition to the legal and material support bestowed by the Republic of San Marino, AIS is supported

How to Join the AIS

AIS consists of its supporting members (SMdAIS) and the members of the International Scientific College (ISKanoj) appointed by the Senate (as well as the members of the International College of Arts, called IAKanoj, and the International College of Technology, called ITKanoj). It is welcomed if an ISKano is at the same time a supporting member.

How to join as a supporting member:

How to join the ISK:

How to join the ITK:

How to join the IAK:

What does the AIS do?

The AIS performs

AIS regularly organizes

The structure of the AIS

AIS is divided in four Sectors:

The Scientific Sector is divided in six sections or faculties, each led by a dean.

Each section is subdivided into three or four departments, led by department heads.

The collaborators of the Scientific Sector

How to know more about the AIS

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