The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium (RASAB) is an association without lucrative purpose which has been founded in order to coordinate the national and international activities wherefore the Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux- Arts de Belgique (ARB) and the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten (KVAB) have a mutual responsibility.
So, RASAB is created by:
Its articles were published in the Belgian Official Journal from the 19th of April 2001. The association is headquartered in the former stables of the Palace of the Academies in Brussels, nearby the Royal Palace and the Warandepark.
The assignments of the association are:
- to coordinate and, if necessary, create national deliberative assemblies, such as the National Committees;
- to pay the memberships to international institutions where both Academies are members of;
- to provide funds to make sure that Belgian representatives are present at the General Assemblies and other meetings of these international institutions, because presence is required due to the membership of Belgium in these organisations;
- to provide Belgian representation in those scientific, artistic and cultural international organisations where KVAB and ARB are members of and which accept only one representative from each country;
- to improve the international cooperation between individual scientists by reimbursing travel- and accommodation costs;
- to fulfil assignments where both Aacademies are responsible for.