Science is an intrinsically borderless endeavour. Its future depends on its genuinely global and interdisciplinary understanding. This claim is not new, since for decades researchers and scientists have built international networks, increasingly across disciplinary boundaries. But as the digital turn allows us to connect virtually and no longer just physically, we now have the possibility to push this vision further ahead.

Driven by this vision, ALLEA has since its foundation in 1994 consistently spoken out on behalf of its Member Academies and promoted science as a global public good. On the occasion of our quarter of a century jubilee, we decided to use this annual report not only to revisit what has been an exciting year for ALLEA, but also to reflect on our history and to draw inspiration for tackling the challenges ahead of us. In the next pages, we thus look back to prepare ourselves for a better future.