Who are we?

​ARA was founded in 1975 in California by a group of Romanian intellectuals residing in USA. Every year, ARA organizes a Congress that provides an open forum for intellectuals to present their ideas and achievements in fields such as literature, philosophy, medicine, social sciences, arts, engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry etc.The highlight of the annual congress is its Proceedings which is published on an annual basis.

Since 1975, ARA has had Honorary members amongst very well known personalities like: the writers Eugen Ionesco and Virgil Gheorghiu, the philosopher Mircea Eliade or presentely the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, Prof. George E. Palade and the Romanian astronaut Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu. Some of the invaluable members have passed away but the legacy they left is still alive and cherished by ARA, its members, their families, and all of their friends.

Now, ARA has a dedicated following of about 63 Honorary Members, 80 Full Members, 80 Corresponding Members and 7 Benefactors. Their valuable support is a great asset for ARA.


The areas of activity that ARA is presently involved in include :

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Theology


To apply for membership, please see Membership Levels.


ARA is a nonprofit organization registered under 503 (c). Giving to ARA offers great opportunities for the advancement of the academic programs and the development of new activities. There are several giving opportunities for individuals and companies, such as donations, institutional membership and sponsorships.

Whether you decide to make a donation or to designate your support to a specific project, your support makes a difference to the American-Romanian academic community and is greatly appreciated.