CCE’s Michal Valco was recently nominated to membership in the prestigious European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a major think tank that connects more than 1,700 scientists worldwide.
Founded in 1990, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts contributes to advances in science and art, and promotes tolerance, humanism, and European integration. Headquartered in Salzburg, Austria, it has delegations in 26 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Currently, 32 Nobel Prize winners are among its membership (as is emeritus Pope Benedict XVI).
The Academy focuses its work in three areas: the development of knowledge, the dissemination of scientific information, and the implementation of international projects. Current project topics include healthcare, tolerance, and the future of Europe.
The Academy also organizes conferences and annually awards prizes to individuals and organizations that promote tolerance.
Michal and his fellow nominees will be inducted next March during ceremonies in Salzburg. Michal will take his place in the organization’s section for world religions. With his induction, Michal will become part of a community of scientists and leading personalities active in many scientific disciplines in Slovakia and beyond.
Michal represents CCE at the University of Žilina, where he heads the university‘s Department of Religious Studies. He regards his nomination as an honor for the university and is proud to be another Slovak member of this august group. „I’m delighted to be nominated,“ he added.
The activities of the section for world religions operate in an international context and include comparative studies of world religions presented in symposia and congresses. The section’s work will subsequently appear in publications for public consumption.
Michal has a doctorate in theology. His teaching focuses on the philosophy of religion and ecumenical theology.