150th Jubilee of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences2019-10-31T14:30:11+02:00

Established in 1869, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is the oldest institution in modern Bulgaria. It carries out scientific work in accordance with the universal values, national traditions and interests.

150 years BAS

Address of the President of BAS

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), successor of the Bulgarian Learned Society (BLS), is the oldest and largest scientific institution in the country, founded nine years before the Third Bulgarian Kingdom. The creation of the Bulgarian Learned Society by individuals who did not yet have their state required great faith and much hope and marked one of the peak events of the Bulgarian Revival.

Among the founders of the Bulgarian Learned Society in 1869, in Braila, there were prominent figures of the Bulgarian Revival such as Marin Drinov (Professor at Kharkov University), Vasil Drumev (later Prime Minister of the Principality of Bulgaria and Metropolitan of Tarnovo), Gavril Krustevich (Governor of Eastern Rumelia). This historical act of Bulgaria was a deed of various strata of society: from established names in science to the Apostle of Freedom, Vasil Levski, who was also among its founders and first donors. The highly patriotic spirit of the Bulgarian people stood out particularly vivid in the strong public support that made the Society a unifying symbol of the nation. The founders showed great vision with regard to the administration and the legal framework of the institution by taking care to adopt a Statute and publish the official organ: the Periodical journal of BLS. At the same time, the collecting of a book and a documentary fund, preserved to this day at the Central Library and Archives of BAS, began.

The European prestige of the Society was also raised by European capacities such as Konstantin Jireček, Minister of National Enlightenment and Professor at the University of Vienna. The builders of modern Bulgaria did not forget to allocate funds for the moving of BLS from Braila to the newly liberated Principality. The rise of its scientific status, however, was mostly related to the name of the longest-running chairman, Ivan Evstratiev Geshov, prominent banker, politician and public figure and generous donor of the institution. Owing to his efforts and the attitudes of society, in 1911 the society grew into the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Established only with three branches – Historical-Philological, Natural-Medical and State-Scientific, BAS played a role in establishing the young Bulgarian state in the Balkans and in Europe. During these years, its public mission was particularly strong with scientific developments in the area of ethnogenesis of the Bulgarian people, searching for its historical roots and forming a new value system.

After the Second World War, the Academy gradually grew, becoming a poly-structural research institution. Beyond the old focus on fundamental scientific research, the applied and exact sciences began to excel which in the previous decades had been developing mainly in university circles. Thus, its social commitment was meeting the needs of the new, planned economy and the increased economic opportunities of the country. During this period, a number of pioneering developments were carried out at the institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in different areas which provided our country a significant place on the world technological map. It is enough to mention the birth, in the Academy, of such activities and fields as: the electronic industry of Bulgaria, nuclear energetics, robotics, space research, the development of nanomaterials and new technologies, biomedicine and a number of others. All this has helped to raise the fundamental and applied research of the scientists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences at the world level.

Nowadays, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is the largest scientific institution in Bulgaria with proven international authority. It embodies both the traditions of the past and the challenge of the country on the path of its European integration. Inseparably connected with the state, BAS is both a scientific and a public organization – an organic part of the spiritual development of the Bulgarian nation.

In this jubilee year, too, the Academy continues to work for its mission: “to conduct research in accordance with universal values, national traditions and interests, to participate in the development of world science, to study and to multiply the material and intangible cultural and historical heritage of the nation”.

Prof. Julian Revalski, DSc, Full Member of BAS,
President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Hall of Fame

Antoine Petit

President and CEO of the CNRS (France)

Martin Hynes

President of the European Science Foundation

Daya Reddy

President of the International Science Council

Antonio Loprieno

President of ALLEA

Minister Liang-Gee Chen

Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan)

Acad. Akif Alizadeh

President of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

Acad. Taki Fiti

President of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Acad. Ioan-Aurel Pop

President of the Romanian Academy

Acad. Vladimir S. Kostić

President of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Acad. Tadej Bajd

President of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Dr. Hans Willems

Secretary General of the Research Foundation - Flanders

Tarmo Soomere

President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences

Eva Zažímalová

President of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

President of European Research Council

History of BAS

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is the successor to the Bulgarian Learned Society, founded on 12 October 1869 in the Romanian town of Braila. Its purpose was to disseminate enlightenment among Bulgarians, to improve the Bulgarian language and study Bulgarian history and manners, to be a scientific center and to establish contacts with similar scientific centers abroad. The first President of the Society was the university scientist and historian Marin Drinov, and one of its founders, Vasil D. Stoyanov, was the secretary. After the Liberation of Bulgaria, BLS transferred its activities to Sofia and established itself as an authoritative scientific center with a rich social, cultural and political activity. In 1911, it was renamed Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and the first law on it was adopted.

History of BAS

Donation campaign

The Board of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has started a donation campaign for fundraising under the title and with the cause “150 Years of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences”. The campaign will continue throughout 2019 and is addressed to all our colleagues as well as to institutions, organizations, partners.

The aim is to support the activities and organization of the jubilee anniversary, as well as to support a major renovation of the BAS building, the renovation of the buildings of BAS – cultural monuments, the publishing of jubilee editions and others.

Thank You!

The donation account is:
IBAN: BG90 BNBG 9661 3100 1321 01
BIC: BNBGBGSD
Address: 1 “15 Noemvri” Str., 1040 Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulstat: 000662018

Donation campaign

The Board of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has started a donation campaign for fundraising under the title and with the cause “150 Years of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences”. The campaign will continue throughout 2019 and is addressed to all our colleagues as well as to institutions, organizations, partners.

The aim is to support the activities and organization of the jubilee anniversary, as well as to support a major renovation of the BAS building, the renovation of the buildings of BAS – cultural monuments, the publishing of jubilee editions and others.

Thank You!

The donation account is:
IBAN: BG90 BNBG 9661 3100 1321 01
BIC: BNBGBGSD
Address: 1 “15 Noemvri” Str., 1040 Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulstat: 000662018

News

We are discovering new horizons!

The honorary sign “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” of the President and the honorary plaque of BAS received the Economic Research Institute for its 70th anniversary

The Honorary sign “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and honorary plaque “Marin Drinov” of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences received the Economic Research Institute (ERI-BAS) for its 70th anniversary. They were presented to Prof. Alexander Tasev – Director of the Institute, for the overall contribution of the institute to the development of economic science in Bulgaria and its tireless activity in the field of economy, education and business. (more…)

Tuesday, 5 November 2019|Tags: |

Regional development and success factors discussed at a scientific conference

Regional Development and Success Factors: Education, Economy and Social Policy in the Regions is the topic of the conference held today at Grand Hotel Sofia. The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (ISSK) of BAS in cooperation with the “Konrad Adenauer” Foundation Office in Sofia is organizing for the seventh consecutive year the scientific event which this year is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of BAS. (more…)

Friday, 25 October 2019|Tags: |

The Director-General of UNESCO visited the exhibition of BAS in Paris

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay visited, on 21 October, the photo exhibition of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences which is arranged in the UNESCO premises in Paris and presents the activities of the Academy to the international community. Ms. Azoulay was impressed by the wide network of BAS institutes developing many-year active work in various fields of human life as well as by the achievements of the Academy and its contribution to the international exchange of scientific and technical experience. (more…)

Tuesday, 22 October 2019|Tags: |

Forty scientists are discussing the intangible cultural heritage at BAS

Bulgaria is one of the first countries in the world to fulfill the condition of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the establishment of a National Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage. That was highlighted as a major contribution of the Academy’s scientists by corr.-mem. Mila Santova at the international scientific conference “Current Issues in the Study of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Implementation of the 2003 Convention. The Contribution of the Scientists of BAS”. The two-day conference has begun on 17 October at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Academy. It is organized by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, in collaboration with the Regional Center for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO. (more…)

Thursday, 17 October 2019|Tags: |

UNESCO presents the achievements of BAS in Paris

At the initiative of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Academy is included in the UNESCO program for 2019. On this occasion, a photo exhibition of BAS at the UNESCO premises in Paris is presenting the activities of the Academy to the international community.

The opening of the exhibition took place on 16 October in the presence of ambassadors, Bulgarians living and working in France and representatives of the scientific community. The event was hosted by the Ambassador of Bulgaria to France and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to UNESCO, H.E. Anguel Tcholakov, and the President of BAS, Prof. Julian Revalski, DSc. (more…)

Thursday, 17 October 2019|Tags: |

Sponsors of the celebrations

Sofia Municipality

Ministry of Education and Science

GEOTECHMIN

DSK Bank (OTP Group)

VIVACOM

Media partners

Bulgarian National Television

Darik Radio