The International Academy of Sciences San Marino (Esperanto: Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj San Marino, AIS) is a scientific association. It was established in 1983 and had its first convention, SUS 1, around New Year 1984 in the City of San Marino. After the Sammarinese skeleton law on higher education had been passed the academy was officially founded on 13 September 1985, in the presence of the Captains-Regent. Its name uses the constructed international auxiliary language Esperanto.
The Sammarinese government at first gave the academy broad moral support. When, however, the università degli studi was founded at San Marino in 1988, it gained priority over the AIS, which then concentrated on working abroad from San Marino. Conventions and summer schools were held in Bulgaria, Korea, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden.
The AIS is divided into the following four sectors:
The Scientific Sector consists of six faculties. Its structure follows a strictly philosophical system, based on two criteria:
|World 1||(natural) sciences||morphologic sciences|
|World 3||structural sciences||philosophy|
Each faculty is headed by a dean and is also further divided into three or four departments, each with their own head. Within the Scientific Sector there is a hierarchy of contributors.
|Level of Membership||Title|
|Full Members (MdAIS)||Professors in ordinary (OProf)|
|Associated Members (AMdAIS)||Associated professors (AProf) and the independent lecturers (PDoc)|
|Adjuncts (AdAIS)||Associated lecturers (ADoc) or scientific assistants (ASci)|
The AIS is based on three principles that its members see insufficiently supported in other universities:
In 2006 the AIS consisted of about 250 scientists, among them a little fewer than 50 full members, including co-founder Reinhard Selten.
Some 300 scientists contribute to the AIS as members of the "International Scientific College" (Internacia Scienca Kolegio, ISK). They are not active in teaching for the AIS but are available for opinions on theses and similar tasks. Knowledge of Esperanto is a precondition for membership in the ISK (as well as the AIS).
The current rector is Fabrizio Angelo Pennacchietti, an Italian orientalist who graduated from University of Rome La Sapienza.