Season’s greetings from former and current Academic Directors of

Academia Europaea Tbilisi Knowledge Hub

ear Academia Europaea members, colleagues and esteemed readers,

As the holiday season approaches and the year draws to a close, we extend our warmest wishes to you. May this Christmas be filled with moments of joy, laughter, and the company of loved ones.

In the spirit of reflection and gratitude, on behalf of Academia Europaea Tbilisi Knowledge Hub, we would like to take a moment to highlight the accomplishments and milestones of 2023.

This year has been a journey of knowledge, collaboration, and academic excellence and it is with great pleasure that we share some of the noteworthy achievements with our respected community. Throughout the recent year, Academia Europaea Tbilisi Knowledge Hub has continued to foster a vibrant intellectual environment, providing a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

In pursuit of the noble objectives of promoting scientific research, knowledge, and enriching the educational landscape, AE Tbilisi Knowledge Hub has undertaken a commendable initiative, which took the form of a series of panel sessions titled "The First Democratic Republic of Georgia - The Way to Europe." The diversity of topics reflects a commitment to providing a comprehensive understanding of Georgia's historical, political and cultural tapestry.

Within the framework of the panel sessions, eminent scholars of the field, graciously offered the broader public insightful and intellectually stimulating scientific-popular lectures on specific topics. This panel series represent not only a testament to our collective commitment to scholarly pursuits but also an exceptional opportunity to cultivate and fortify scientific collaboration across different generations.

A multitude of insightful panel discussions, conducted in collaboration with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of TSU, have marked a significant niche within our events. Noteworthy among these discussions were compelling topics, including "Constitution of 1921 - Georgia's European Choice", which provided a profound exploration into the constitutional underpinnings that have shaped Georgia's trajectory towards Europe. Another meaningful discourse - "From the First Democratic Republic of Georgia to the New Georgia", offered a nuanced perspective on the evolving narratives that have defined the nation's journey through the corridors of time. Furthermore, the exploration extended to the intersection of historical commemoration and contemporary policy with the panel session - "Georgia's Independence Day in the Context of Memory Policy". This discussion sought to clarify the complexities of memory policy, contextualizing the celebration of Georgia's Independence Day within the broader historical consciousness.

Furthermore, within the framework of the project spearheaded by AE Tbilisi Knowledge Hub - "Gelati Academy - the Medieval Center for Science and Education Amidst Eastern and Western Christianity", was held a conference tailored for emerging scholars, titled "Gelati Academy - Its Era and Heritage." The primary objective of the event was to provide a supportive platform for young researchers to delve into a spectrum of issues intricately linked to Gelati Academy.
To cultivate curiosity and deepen students' understanding of the intricate realm of microbiology, a series of public lectures titled "Microbial World and Human" was conducted. The distinguished speakers, experts in the field of microbiology, generously shared their insights, unraveling the mysteries of microbial life and its profound impact on human health, ecology, and beyond. Through this initiative, students were provided with a unique opportunity to bridge theoretical concepts with real-world applications, fostering a holistic and enriched learning experience.

Moreover, the series of biannual conferences on Viruses of Microbes, which was launched in Paris in 2010 and since then travelled all around Europe, reached Tbilisi in 2023. The International conference marked a new era in viral research which has begun with the recognition of viruses of microorganisms – viruses of bacteria, achaea, and microbial eukaryotes as predominant component of the biosphere and led to the identification of these viruses as major players in the global ecology, public health, microbial physiology, and evolution. The conference demonstrated a remarkable gathering of intellectual prowess, with participation exceeding 500 scientists hailing from 54 countries across all five continents. Distinguished members of scientific academies from America, Europe, and Asia converged in a dynamic exchange of ideas, insights, and groundbreaking research.

As we reflect upon our journey, it is with a sense of duty and excitement that we share a pivotal development in the life of the AE Tbilisi Knowledge Hub. Inaugurated in 2019 for a four-year tenure, which concluded this year, a new agreement has been consummated between the president of the Academia Europaea and the rector of TSU. In consultation with the members of the Scientific Advisory Board, we have decided to institute a rotation in the role of Academic Director amongst board members every four years. It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Prof. David Lordkipanidze, MAE, as the next Academic Director of the Hub.

Please accept the season’s greetings from both the former and current Academic Directors of the Hub.

In conclusion, thank you for being an integral part of our academic family, and here's to a Christmas filled with warmth, wisdom, and the spirit of discovery.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




David Prangishvili, MAE - Former Academic Director of AE Tbilisi Knowledge Hub

David Lordkipanidze, MAE - Academic Director of AE Tbilisi Knowledge Hub