According to the summary results, of the total number of 57 SAS organisations two institutes were included in category A – “international leaders”: the Institute of Ethnology SAS, and the Institute of Polymers SAS. The distribution of other categories – B+ “excellent research results visible at the international level” (9 organisations) and B “valuable research results visible at the European level” (21 organisations) showed that the Slovak Academy of Sciences is not only a top-level research institution in the domestic context, but is also one of the important European scientific institutions.
The first international evaluation of the Slovak Academy of Sciences showed that most SAS organisations represent important and visible players in the European science and that the quality of SAS departments is balanced in this context. We are very glad for having received the international leader appraisal, and we consider it an appreciation of our collective efforts. The Metapanel Protocol is an important protocol for us in terms of guiding and improving the effectiveness of our research strategy in the forthcoming period.