Wed, 31.05.2023 – 02.06.2023

Developing Science Policy in occupied and liberated Europe

1930s–1960s - The Vienna Conference of the European Academies Research Initiative

Was there a Nazi science policy and of what did it consist? How was it practised in the occupied and neutral countries, and how did national research systems emerge in Cold War Europe? The goal of this conference is to provide an overview of the development of science policy in occupied and liberated Europe in the 1930s–1960s as a basis for comparative study. Comparisons will be carried out from two perspectives – between the various occupied countries in Nazi Europe, and between East and West in Cold War Europe.

Johannes Feichtinger, Director of the Institute of Culture Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and its Theme Platform History of Science. Austria – Global

Hosting Institution
Austrian Academy of Sciences

Cooperation Partners
Leopoldina. National Academy of Sciences – Center for Science Studies | European Academies Research Initiative | National Technical Museum Prague

Johannes Feichtinger
Caroline Hofer

Illustration: By Morgan Hauser, derived from File:Second world war europe 1943-1945 map en.png and File:Second world war europe 1941-1942 map en.png by users Jarry1250 and ArmadniGeneral, respectively. - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,



date & venue:
31 May until 2 June 2023
Campus Akademie, Seminarraum 1, Bäckerstraße 13,  Austrian Academy of Sciences

program (PDF download)





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