The Society of Sciences and Arts of Montenegro was established by Decision of the Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro on June 10, 1973, and in April 1976, following the adoption of the Law on the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Society was transformed into the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA). According to the Law, MASA is the supreme institution in the field of sciences and arts in the Republic of Montenegro. The Assembly of the Academy, at its sessions held 17/12/2004 and 27/05/2005, passed the new Statutes.
The Academy strives for freedom of scientific and artistic creativity; organizes, initiates and implements scientific research, by itself or in cooperation with other scientific institutions; organizes, by itself or in cooperation with others, scientific meetings, symposia, scientific speakers' platforms, scientific debates, consultations and exhibitions; renders assistance to the individual scientific and artistic work of its members, and scientific and artistic work in other institutions; takes part in establishing the program of scientific and artistic significance for the Republic; assists in the training and specialization of young scientists and artists; issues publications in the field of science and arts; makes incentives and cherishes scientific and artistic critique; collects, arranges and studies scientific materials in the field of science and arts; participates, as needed, in the assessment of the results of scientific and artistic creativity; makes initiatives, proposals and opinions to state authorities and other social actors of economic, cultural and public life aimed at the improvement of conditions for scientific work and artistic creativity; and cooperates with scientific, cultural, economic and professional organizations and institutions in the country and abroad.
Members of the Academy are full members (academicians), associate members and foreign members. Full and associate members constitute the working body of the Academy. Presently there are 40 members (31 full and 9 associate members) in the working body of the Academy and there are 27 foreign members. Elections for Academy members, as a rule, are performed every third year.
The authorities of the Academy are the Assembly, which consists of all members in the working body; and the Presidency of the Academy, formed by the President, the Vice-president, the Secretary General, and divisional secretaries. MASA carries out its activity through departments, sections, boards and other working bodies and organizations established pursuant to the Statutes.
The Assembly is convened by the President at least once a year on the decision of the Presidium and is formed by all members of the Academy who are part of the operating structure. The corresponding members of the Academy have the right to take part in the Assembly, but without the right to vote. The Assembly session is public, unless it decides otherwise. The Assembly of the Academy passes the Statutes, schedules the elections for new members and determines the number of members who will be elected for the particular areas of science and art, i.e. for particular Departments; elects MASA members and states termination of the membership in MASA; decides on the establishment of the MASA Departments and Sections; elects the President, Vice-president and Secretary General of MASA; adopts MASA programs of activity and development; adopts the report on the work of MASA and the report on financial issues; adopt the financial plans and approves MASA closing of accounts; passes the decision on the establishment of research, study and other scientific or artistic units within MASA; awards prizes for scientific and artistic creation to its members, according to the appropriate regulations; awards MASA rewards for encouragement of creation among the scientific and artistic youth; carries out also other affairs established by the Statute.
The executive organ of the Academy is the Presidium. It consists of the President, Vice-president, Secretary General and Departmentssâ Secretaries. The President, Vice-president and Secretary General are elected for a four-year term, with the possibility to be elected for another term. The President is elected from the full members and the Vice-president and Secretary General are elected, as a rule, within the full members. The Presidium sessions are held, as a rule, once a month.
In its editions, the Academy publishes works of its members and associates, other scientists and artists, as well as reports and other information on its activity. The funds for the Academy activities are provided from the budget of the Republic of Montenegro, pursuant to the MASA operating program. MASA activities may also obtain funds from endowments, foundations, contracts with third parties, funds from donors, and from other sources, pursuant to the special rules set up by the Presidium.
On its session held on March 3, 2004, the Presidium of the Academy has reached a decision on the establishment of a Fund for stimulation of scientific and artistic youth within Academy, which awards prizes to young creators from the area of sciences and arts. Funds for this activity are provided by donations. From those funds, scholarships are allocated to students for their results and prizes to outstanding individuals up to 30 years of age for results accomplished in the field of sciences and art. The scholarships are allocated for every academic year. The Prize from Endowment of Petar VukkÄeviiÄ is allocated once in three years to outstanding young scientists and artists for the professional results achieved and academic career in progress.
The Academy continues to realize intensive activity at the international academic field. The Academy has successfully built up a wide network of international contacts and has signed 23 Agreements on bilateral scientific co-operation with 22 other national European academies and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Academy has also been active within the following international organizations,: ALLEA â The All European Academy , UAI â The International Union of Academies, IACSEE â The Inter-Academy Council for the South Eastern Europe, CEEN â The Central and Eastern European Network of National Academies, EASA â The European Academy of Sciences and Arts, IAP â The Global Network of Academies of Science, ICSU â The International Council for Sciences, and MIAN â The Mediterranean Inter-Academy Network.