Campo S. Stefano, 2945 S.Marco, 2946, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti stems from the Reale Istituto Nazionale, created by Napoleon for the Kingdom of Italy in 1810. The current name was given in 1838 by Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, when Venetia was under Austrian Government. In 1866, after the annexation of Venetia to Kingdom of Italy, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti was recognized as one of the most prestigious Italian Academies. Since 1838, the activity of Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti run uninterruptedly till nowadays. The Institute accounts for more than 310 fellows, divided into two Classes (Class of Sciences and Class of Humanities); each Class is made of fellows (soci effettivi), corresponding fellows (soci corrispondenti), foreign fellows (soci stranieri) and honorary fellows (soci onorari). Fellows are formally appointed by the Ministry of Cultural Affaires after being elected by the Assembly of the soci effettivi. The Institute’s activities include monthly academic meetings (adunanze), where fellows present their studies to be published in the magazine «Atti dell’Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti». The Institute also regularly promotes meetings, conferences, and seminars on Sciences, Humanities, and Art. The Institute publishes and prints books (presently the catalog accounts for over 100 titles). Particular attention is devoted to the diffusion of culture by audiovisual media, information technology, and internet communications (www.istitutoveneto.it). The Institute owns a prestigious library and several archives, including that of Luigi Luzzatti, Italian prime minister in 1911.