Annual General Assembly Meeting 2021

This year, the Annual General Assembly Meeting of the Balkanski-Panitza Institute for Advanced Study will be held in Sofia on June 16, 2021, at 12:00 at the “Architect’s Club” (Restaurant) at the Central Residence of the Architects (11 “Krakra” Str.).

All members of the Association are invited. Please renew your membership for 2021 and transfer your membership fee now (bank details in “Contacts“).

You can download the invitation (in Bulgarian) here.

For more information about membership related questions, visit the “Membership” section.


CryptoBG*2018 International Summer School is scheduled for 8-15 July 2018

Oriahovitza, Bulgaria

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Prof. Dr. Dimitar Vatsov

(6 December 2017) On Truth and University Today by Prof. Dr. Dimitar Vatsov

When: 6 December 2017, 19:00
Where: Sofia University Rectorate, lecture hall 240 (floor 1)

In this lecture Dimitar Vatsov will shortly outline the performative theory of truth elaborated in his last book (This is True! Sofia: New Bulgarian University, 2016). He will show that truth-telling is a specific practical gesture, a particular speech device: the utterances of the type “This is true!” generalize what is declared to be true as a sample, as a model to be followed, as a paradigm that should be reiterated always in the same way (but mention that often delusions and for sure lies repeat the same formula). Being a practical gesture – being a performative, – truth-telling never ends in an absolute truth. The truths we utter even in mathematics and physics have certain degree of uncertainty.

This theory has its public consequences: it opens possibilities for its own political uses and abuses that are to be pointed out in advance…
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2016 Summer School in Economics

“Innovation, New Trade, and New Growth”

Event dates: August 15 – 20th, 2016 2016 Summer School in Economics

Director: Philippe Aghion, Harvard University

Organizers: Balkanski-Panitza Institute for Advanced Study (BPIAS) and AUBG Business Club

The Balkanski-Panitza Institute for Advanced Study (BPIAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of innovation and excellence in sciences, technology, humanities and social studies. The Institute was established by prominent European and American academics gathered in Fourges, France, on 20 June 2011, under the inspiration of Dimi Panitza.


(12 November 2014) Humanistic Education by Prof. Hristo Todorov, PhD

When: 12 November 2014, 19:00
Where: Sofia University Rectorate, lecture hall 224 (hall America for Bulgaria)

Prof. Dr. Hristo Todorov is Deputy Rector of the New Bulgaria University. He graduated from the Philosophy Department at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. He has been a lecturer in History of Philosophy at Sofia University. Since 2003 he is Professor at the New Bulgarian University and from 2005 to 2012 was head of the Philosophy and Sociology Department at the same university.

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(15 October 2014) Physics in the kitchen by Andrey Varlamov, Ph.D

When: 15 October 2014, 19:00
Where: Sofia University Rectorate, lecture hall 224 (hall America for Bulgaria)

How heat propagates in the media, what is the difference between the pizza baking in a traditional wood-burning oven and the electric one, why the flavor of boiled meat and that one made on the grill are so different, how to calculate scientifically the cooking time for the egg alla cocque and spaghetti, why the cin-cin with the crystal glasses filled with champagne or sparkling wine is accompanied by beautiful sound of the crystal, why vodka typically contains 40% of alcohol, why the professional bartenders vary the degree of grounding of the coffee beans depending on the weather? In this seminar we will discuss these and many other questions of the Gastronomic Universe that surrounds us.

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(25 June 2014) Europe, Ukraine and the Bulgarian strategic choice by Dr. Ognyan Minchev

When:   25 June 2014, 19:00
Where:  Sofia University Rectorate, lecture hall 224 (hall America for Bulgaria)

Dr. Ognyan Minchev holds a degree in Sociology from Sofia University. He specialized Political science and international relations in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Moscow, and Portugal. He taught International relations at Sofia University from 1999 until 2008.

You can read excerpts of this lecture and find more information in and

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(11 June 2014) Climate Change: The Scientific Evidence by Dr. Yves Balkanski

When:   11 June 2014, 19:00
Where:  Sofia University Rectorate, lecture hall 224 (hall America for Bulgaria)

During this lecture Dr. Yves Balkanski will review the recent scientific evidence that links human activities to climate change. He will focus on changes in atmospheric composition and discuss the main gases and particles that affect the Earth radiation budget. He will show what the climate records of the last 800.000 years teach us how the main atmospheric components have varied over the last 8 glacial – interglacial periods and we will see that human activities have produced changes at an unprecedented speed over this period.

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