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The main research and scientific-organizational units of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus are the Departments of the Academy of Sciences which unite Academicians and Corresponding Members of the Academy of Sciences from one or more areas of science, coordinate the activities of scientific and other organizations in the relevant fields of science allotted for departments by the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences. The Department is headed by Academician-Secretary, who is a member of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences and appointed to the post by the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences decision.

The Department of the Academy of Sciences is accountable in its activities to General Meeting of the Academy of Sciences, the Presidium and the Bureau of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences, as well as the Chairman of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences for their competence, and fulfills the following main functions:

  • ensures coordination and development of fundamental and applied scientific research and developments in the relevant fields of science;
  • puts forward proposals for forming programs of fundamental and applied scientific research and developments, monitors their implementation, evaluates the results of research and developments, as well as the level of scientific personnel training in the scientific organizations allotted for the Department;
  • develops proposals for accelerating scientific and technological progress and the socio-economic development of the Republic of Belarus;
  • examines the effectiveness of international scientific cooperation of the scientific organizations allotted for the Department;
  • establishes and implements scientific relations with ministries, other republican state authorities, state organizations subordinated to the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, scientific organizations and institutions providing higher education, creative unions and associations of the Republic of Belarus and other countries.

At present NAS of Belarus has in its organizational structure seven Departments:

The Department of Agrarian Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences
The Department of Humanitarian Sciences and Arts
The Department of Medical Sciences
The Department of Physics, Mathematics and Informatics
The Department of Physical-Engineering Sciences
The Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences

The supreme collegial body of management of the Department of the Academy of Sciences is the General Meeting of the Department, whose members are: Academician-Secretary of the Department, Academicians and Corresponding Members who consist of the Department; leaders of scientific organizations of the Departments which are not members of the Academy of Sciences, representatives of scientific organizations allotted for the Department of the Academy Science, as well as scientific organizations of ministries, other republican state authorities, institutions providing higher education, on the profile of their scientific activities, elected to the General Meeting of the Academy of Sciences in accordance with the Statute of NAS of Belarus, and the Scientific Secretary of the Department.

The session of the General Meeting of the Department of the Academy of Sciences is convened as necessary but not less than twice a year. In the period between the sessions of the General Meeting of the Department, the activities of the Department of the Academy of Sciences is headed by the Bureau of the Department, which is elected by the General Meeting of the Department for the presentation of Academician-Secretary, and personal composition of which is appointed by the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences.

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