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Presidium of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in Baku
|Established||23 January 1945|
|Staff||7,000 (63 academicians, 61 corresponding members, 335 doctors of sciences, 1,080 candidates of sciences)|
|Formerly called||Academy of Sciences of the Azerbaijan SSR|
|Address||24 Istiglaliyyat Street, Baku, Azerbaijan|
Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Milli Elmlər Akademiyası (AMEA)), located in Baku, is the main state research organization and the primary body that conducts research and coordinates activities in the fields of science and social sciences in Azerbaijan. It was established on 23 January 1945.
One section of the ANAS is Republican Seismic Survey Center of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.
The Academy was based on the Azerbaijan Society for Scientific Research and Studies, which was first affiliated with Baku State University and later with the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1945, the USSR Council of People's Commissars ordered the society to be reorganized into the Academy of Sciences of the Azerbaijan SSR. During its first year, the Academy numbered 15 members; Uzeyir Hajibeyov and Samad Vurgun among them.
Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences is divided into 6 departments (altogether they affiliate about 40 research and cultural institutions throughout the country), namely:
The Academy has a two-tier membership. Currently there are 57 active members and 104 corresponding members. Membership is granted through a vote. The Academy also grants honorary memberships.
The main executive figure in the academy is the President of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences who is elected by members of the Academy.
|Name of President||Period served|
The Academy was criticized by several members of the National Assembly, in July 2012 for publishing a children's tale called "The Unwanted Son-In-Law," which contained vulgar language and graphic scenes of incest. The story was published in 2007 in the sixth volume of the ambiguously titled "Tales" anthology. Kamila Aliyeva, a member of the Science and Education Committee was quoted as saying "I wonder if they were aware of the contents of the book," she asked. "If they were, it is shameful. And if they were not, it is also shameful."
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