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Hon. Valerio Onida and Professor Alberto Melloni on behalf of the Foundation for Religious Studies, together with the Rector of the University of Bologna Francesco Ubertini and the Minister for Education, University and Research Stefania Giannini, are glad to invite You to join the launching event of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna, on December 5th 2016, under the Patronage of the European Parliament.

The meeting which will be also honored by the presence and the keynote addresses of The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas, the Former President of the EU Commission Romano Prodi, the Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union Ján Figeľ, The Vice President of the EU Parliament David Sassoli, The Minister for Educations and Cult of Greece Nikos Filis, German Ambassador Annette Schavan, The Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education Giuseppe Versaldi.

The proposal for a European Academy of Religion is receiving a positive feedback, from Russia to Spain, from Scandinavia to Maghreb: historians and lawyers, philosophers and sociologists, psychologists and exegetes, experts of art and science, theologians and philologists – for all of them and us Your presence or endorsement to the initiative would be of great value.

The meeting will be simple: Commissioner Moedas will give the opening speech on Monday, December 5 at 11 a.m. A general discussion will commence at 12 a.m. and anyone wishing to contribute may do so by submitting in advance a short discussion paper which will be distributed to the assembly. After lunch, there will be three parallel sessions from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in order to discuss the statutes, conferences, and strategies to disseminating the proposal. The gathering will end at 5 p.m. after a summing up made by the authorities and the signing of a declaration of intent. Participants will be free to take their flights after 5.30-6 p.m. or to stay as our guests for a festive dinner and a concert.

 To join the meeting please register at or write to or

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