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Prof. Benno Werlen appointed to the World Academy for Art and Science

Upon proposal of the General Assembly of the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS), Prof. Benno Werlen, holder of the UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability and Fellow at the Max Weber College of the University of Erfurt, has now been appointed member of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). The World Academy works according to the motto "Leadership in thought that leads to action" and sees itself as a forum in which representatives from science, art and politics develop solutions for the challenges of the present.

Prof. Dr. Benno Werlen
Prof. Dr. Benno Werlen

Prof. Benno Werlen and the UNESCO Chair, the appointment enables closer cooperation with UN organisations in the fields of research and education.

The WAAS comprises almost 700 members - including eleven from Germany - who were selected for their outstanding achievements in the natural, technological and social sciences, in the humanities and arts, and in various professions and areas of public service. The World Academy was officially founded in December 1960 by eminent intellectuals such as Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Bertrand Russell and Joseph Needham, the co-founder of UNESCO. It sees itself as an independent institution committed to impartial dialogue, free from vested interests or regional ties, and to global cooperation across all national borders. Since its foundation, the Academy has developed into an important voice of transdisciplinary, socially responsible research and has, among other things, advisory status for UNESCO and the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC).