The work of the Europäische Akademie is based on the assumption that the sciences, in addition to providing specialised scientific information, also are responsible for furnishing orientational knowledge (normative standards). To achieve this, an interdisciplinary approach is required, bringing together the results from the natural sciences, engineering sciences and medical disciplines with thematically relevant studies in philosophy, jurisprudence, economics and social sciences. Furthermore, the foreseeable results of research and development will be related transdisciplinarily to society’s expected needs and positions. In the course of its work, the Europäische Akademie takes up and develops approaches towards technology assessment, ethics of technology and medical ethics.
The Europäische Akademie seeks to assist in finding a rational way for society to deal with the consequences of scientific and technological developments. This aim is mainly achieved by developing and recommending options upon which to act. The rational resolution of conflicts in the area of science and technology is an important prerequisite for a long-term reliable science and a technology policy. In the course of its scientific work, the Europäische Akademie ensures that the responsibility of the scientific community towards the whole of society is fulfilled.
The work of the Europäische Akademie is mainly conducted by temporary interdisciplinary project groups. Members of these project groups are recognised scientists from universities and non-university research organisations across Europe and abroad. In specific cases, representatives from other areas of society, e.g. from industry, can also be nominated. The project groups’ members make up the Akademie’s council and each group elects a chairperson from among its members.
Transdisciplinary issues, relevant for several or all project groups, are dealt with in the study groupsof the Europäische Akademie. Consideration of the European perspective is ensured through collaboration of European scientists, co-operation with corresponding European advisory bodies, participation in relevant networks and specific regard to European aspects within the projects. The results of the project and study groups are made available as subject-related studies which form a basis for advice and decision-making. Additionally, it hosts (bi-)annual conventions during which comprehensive and methodological issues from the fields of science ethics and technology assessment are discussed.
The results of the scientific work of the Europäische Akademie are geared towards the relevant scientific disciplines and political authorities in the fields of science and technology in Europe as well as towards the public who are potentially affected by the consequences of science and technology.
The Europäische Akademie expects its scientific work to have repercussions on the conception of science itself. Through rational reflection about the consequences of science and technology, the responsibility of the scientist as a key factor in the self-regulation of the scientific system will be strengthened.