The initial idea of Atomium Culture was discussed for the first time in April 2004 by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, currently Honorary President of Atomium Culture and then President of the European Convention, and Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, currently President of Atomium Culture, during a private meeting in Paris.

From April 2004 to December 2005, the study and the preparation of a broad project initiated, contemplating an independent structure, supranational and non-profit aimed at creating the first permanent platform for European excellence within the fields of academic research, innovation and its dissemination that should engage in a joint platform the three core pillars for the development of a knowledge society: Atomium Culture. A knowledge society depends for its growth on the production of new knowledge and the transmission through education (universities), its dissemination through reliable information (newspapers) and its use through new industrial processes (businesses).

Atomium Culture was officially founded in Brussels in 2006 as an International Non-Profit Organisation (Association Internationale sans But Lucratif).

Starting from a small nucleus of initial engaged universities, a start-up followed, that has foreseen the engagement of the most authoritative universities, the pre-eminent newspapers and the most important businesses in Europe and has brought to the creation of the first permanent platform for European excellence that brings together these different actors, present today in eighteen countries in Europe.

The creation of the current managing bodies and the engagement of their members was promoted with the participation of the actors of the platform, to represent the different nationalities and experiences: the members of the Advisory Board come from the institutions of the platform (universities, newspapers, businesses); the members of the Scientific Committee are Professors nominated on a rotational basis by the same universities engaged (sixteen members, fifteen different nationalities); the members of the Editorial Committee are Chief Science Editors nominated on a rotational basis on advice by some of the newspapers engaged.

After four years of work among the actors involved, Atomium Culture was launched publicly at the European Parliament on the 27th of November 2009 during the First Conference of Atomium Culture. During this occasion the European Manifesto of Atomium Culture, signed by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, was published simultaneously across Europe within many of the newspapers engaged.

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing is today the Honorary President of Atomium Culture and member of the Presidency together with the President of Atomium Culture, Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini.


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