The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences & Arts became an official center of the World Academy in June 2012 when it hosted a major international conference in collaboration with WAAS and other organizations on“Humanities in the Contemporary World”. This is the first in a series of collaborative activities to be undertaken by our organizations. The Montenegrin Academy has also generously offered to provide office space and conference facilities to WAAS in its new building which will soon be opened.
The Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro decided on 10th March 1976, to change the name ‘Society of Science and Arts of Montenegro’ to ‘The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts’ (MASA).
The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts is constituted by Law as the highest national institution in the field of science and arts in Montenegro. The Academy with its activities strives for freedom of science and art, organizes, initiates and implements scientific research by itself or in cooperation with other scientific institutions; organizes, alone or in cooperation with others, scientific meetings, symposia, scientific debates, consultations and exhibitions, takes part in establishing programmes of scientific and artistic importance for the country; assists in the training of young scientists and artists; issues publications in the field of science and arts; promotes scientific and artistic critique; collects, arranges and studies materials in the field of science and arts; initiates, proposes and provides opinions to state authorities and other policy makers on improvement of conditions for scientific and artistic work; cooperates with scientific, cultural, economic and professional organizations and institutions in the country and abroad.
At present, the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts has 46 members (32 full and 14 associated members) and 37 corresponding members.
The supreme governing body of MASA is the Assembly, and its executive organ is the Academy Presidency, which is constituted by the president, vice president, secretary general and division secretaries. The Academy includes four divisions: Division of Natural Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Humanities and Division of Arts.
Special units within the Academy are: the Institute for language and literature “Petar II Petrović Njegoš”, Centre for energy and ecology - ENEKO Centre, Lexicographic Centre and Centre of young scientists.