The main tasks of the Academy have been defined in Article 3 of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Act as follows:

  • The Academy promotes and organizes scientific research and encourages the application of the findings of this research, develops artistic and cultural activities, and is concerned with Croatian cultural heritage and its affirmation throughout the world;
  • It publishes the results of scientific research and artistic creation;
  • It makes proposals and gives its opinion on the promotion of sciences and arts in the fields which are of special importance to the Republic of Croatia.
  • The Croatian Academy’s scientific and artistic activities are carried out through its nine departments, as well as through its scientific councils and committees, and scientific and research units (institutes), which will be described in the following chapters. The Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts collaborates with other academies of sciences and arts, universities, scientific institutions, state bodies, cultural and other institutions, as well as with individual scholars and artists from Croatia and abroad.

Among the most important of the Academy s numerous publications are: Građa za povijest književnosti hrvatske (Documents for the history of Croatian literature, 34 volumes);  Diplornatički  zbornik Kraljevine Hrvatske, Dalmacije i Slavonije (The Diplomatic Codex of the Kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia, 19 volumes); Noviji pisci hrvatski (Modem Croatian Writers, 12 volumes); Hrvatski latinisti (Croatian Latinists, 11 volumes); Građa  za gospodarsku povijest Hrvatske (Documents for the Economic History of Croatia, 21 volumes); Djela (Works, 80 volumes), which publish monographs on Croatia as a country, its history, and language; Prirodoslovna istraživanja (Natural History Studies, 107 volumes); Pomorsko pravo (Maritime Law, 6 volumes); Građa za pomorsku povijest Dubrovnika (Documents for the Naval History of Dubrovnik, 6 volumes); Problemi sjevernog Jadrana (Problems of the Northem Adriatic, 6 volumes), etc.

The Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts has organized over one hundred scientific meetings and conferences, evaluating works of important Croats throughout history. In addition, it has organized a number of symposia focusing on the history and economic development of Croatian regions and towns, as well as on the problems of Croatia’s development. The Academy has published the following dictionaries. Mažuranić’s Prinosi za hrvatski pravno-povijesni rječnik  (Contributions for a Croatian Historical Dictionary, 11 volumes), Benešic’s Rječnik hrvatskog književnog jezika od preporoda do l. G. Kovačića (Dictionary of the Croatian Literary Language from the National Revival to I. G. Kovačić, in 12 volumes) Rječnik hrvatskoga kajkavskog književnog jezika (A Dictionary of Croatian Literary Kajkavian, 8 volumes). Work on the large Rječnik hrvatskog ili srpskog jezika (Dictionary of the Croatian or Serbian Language, 97 vol.) went on for almost one hundred years

The main bodies of the Academy are:

  1. the Assembly which includes all full members of the Academy,
  2. the Presidency, the executive organ of the Assembly, which consists of the Coordinating Committee, secretaries of the departments, and five full members of the Academy who are elected by the Assembly.

The Academy consists of full, honorary corresponding, and associate members. The Academy, initiated its activities in 1866 with 16 full members, and this number has steadily grown to its current level of 160 today. Full members reserve the right to bear the title of Fellow of the Croatian Academy (F.C.A.), and they are part of the permanent working structure of the Academy. The Croatian Academy may elect as honorary members persons who are especially deserving for the development and progress of sciences and arts. Cardinal Franjo Kuharic is its sole honorary member today, while among its deceased honorary members we should mention the Nobel Laureates Linus Pauling, Vladimir Ružička, and Vladimir Prelog, as well as Teodor Wickerhauser, Don Frano Bulić, Ljubo Babić Gjalski, Alfons Mucha, Vlaho Bukovac, Celestin Medović, Ivan Zajc, Dmitri lvanovich Mendelejeff, Nikola Tesla, and other world-renowned scientists and artists.

Full members of the Academy are elected from among scientists and artists who are Croatian citizens, and who have made outstanding achievements in their particular fields.
Distinguished scientists and artists from abroad who collaborate with the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts may be elected as corresponding members. Many corresponding members of the Academy have been recipients of highest scientific and artistic awards. The maximum number of corresponding members is 160.

Distinguished younger scientists or artists from the Republic of Croatia may be chosen as associate members. This group may include a maximum of 100 members.
A special statute on the nomination and election of members of the Croatian Academy was issued by the Assembly of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts on 12 June 1996.

The Academy Assembly in session
The Academy’s tasks are carried out through its departments. The working structure of the departments is made up of full members, while corresponding and associate members belong to their broader structure. Today the Academy consists of the following departments
I.    The Department of Social Sciences
II.   The Department of Mathematical, Physical, and Chemical Sciences
III.   The Department of Natural Sciences
IV.  The Department of  Medical Sciences
V.   The Department of Philological Sciences
VI.  The Department of  Literature
VII.  The Department of Fine Arts
VIII. The Department of Music and Musicology
IX.  The Department of Technical Sciences

The departments are run by their secretaries, and decisions are made at departmental sessions. The Academy has a number of scientific research and artistic units in Zagreb and other Croatian towns. They are within the competence of their respective departments, and their directors are nominated by the Presidency of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts upon the recommendation of the departments. Today the Academy consists of 14 scientific councils and 6 committees, in addition to various commissions and centres which are located in Zagreb and other Croatian towns. Detailed information about these bodies will be given in the text that follows.

The Presidency of the Academy

Management Board
President: MILAN  MOGUŠ, F.C.A.*
Vice-President: PAVLE DEŠPALJ, F.C.A.
Secretary-General: SLAVKO CVETNIĆ, F.C.A.
Secretaries of the Academy Departments
Dušan Bilandžić, F.C.A.
Ksenofont Ilakovac, F.C.A.
Branko Sokač,  F.C.A.
Zvonko Kusić, F.C.A.
Petar Šimunović, F.C.A.
Nikola Batušić, F.C.A.
Ante Vulin, F.C.A.
Ivan Supičić, F.C.A.
Mirko Zelić, F.C.A.

Other Members of the Presidency
Nenad Trinajstić, F.C.A.
Milan Meštrov, F.C.A.
Antun Dubravko Jelčić, F.C.A.
Boris Magaš, F.C.A.
Dragutin Fleš, F.C.A.


is the highest directing body of the Academy which is formed by all the academicians of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. The meeting of the General Assembly is usually held twice a year.

is the collegial directing body of the Academy between the sittings of the General Assembly. The board includes the President, Vice-Presidents, the Secretary-General, heads of departments and non-executive members elected by the General Assembly from among the academicians.

unite the academicians and foreign members of the corresponding scientific field and the institutions of the Academy in cooperation with other R&D institutions and learned societies of the same scientific field. There are four divisions at the Academy: Division of Astronomy and Physics; Division of Informatics and Engineering; Division of Biology, Geology and Chemistry; Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Academy may create institutions which have their own budget, bank account, the functions and bases of operation of which are established in the statutes of the institution. There are two institutions at the Academy:
Under and Tuglas Literature Centre
Estonian Academy Publishers

organises the administration as well as financial and other activities of the Academy according to the resolutions of the General Assembly and the Board. Office operates under the direction of the Secretary-General according to the rulings approved by the board.