Symbols

Symbols

The symbols of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) (colours, Coat of Arms, flag) are determined by a special regulation (see, Jānis Stradiņš. Latvijas Zinātņu akadēmijas simbolika. Latvijas Zinātņu akadēmijas gadagrāmata. 1992/93. – R, Zinātne Publishing, pp. 25-27 (pdf)). 

LAS colours are white, azure, and gold. The Academy’s seal contains the Small Coat of Arms of Latvia and includes the inscription “Latvian Academy of Sciences – Academia Scientiarum Latviensis”.

The Academy’s flag was consecrated during the General Meeting on 11 February 1993. The colors used for the flag are white, azure and gold, the inscription “Latvian Academy of Sciences”, the Coat of Arms of Latvia and the years 1815, 1869, 1932, 1936, 1946 and 1992, that mark significant events in the history of the Academy, are embroidered on one side of the flag. On the other side, against the backdrop of azure, white and gold bands, the flag contains the Coat of Arms of the Academy.

The visual attributes of the Coat of Arms of the Academy were approved on 19 December 2002 by the State Heraldry Commission, established by the President of Latvia.

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Heraldic description of the Coat of Arms of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (pdf)

IN AN AZURE FIELD, A GOLDEN OWL ON A SILVER SHIELD,

ARGENT SUN BLAZING ON THE RIGHT OF THE SHIELD,

ON THE LEFT, THE MOON IN THE FIRST QUARTER PHASE.

ABOVE THE SHIELD - A SEMICIRCLE OF THREE FIVE-POINT GOLDEN STARS,

SURROUNDED BY A WHITE RIBBON WITH LOOPS ON THE SIDES

THAT FORM INFINITY MARKS, AND A MOTTO

ACADEMIA SCIENTIARUM LATVIENSIS IN GOLD