Academia Europaea

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The Academia Europaea is a European non-governmental scientific society founded in 1988.


Arnold Burgen from the United Kingdom, Hubert Curien from France, Umberto Columbo (1927–2006) from Italy, David Magnusson (1925–2017) from Sweden attended a preparatory meeting held by the Royal Society in London in June 1986 , Eugen Seibold from Germany and Ruud van Lieshout (* 1924) from the Netherlands as representatives of these countries came to the conclusion that it was time to found a European scientific society.

In September 1988, at a meeting in Cambridge, this society was founded, which initially operated under the name of the European Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Letters . The first president was Arnold Burgen. The first assembly was held in London in June 1989 . At that time the society had 627 members. One of the aims of the society is to improve and promote the understanding of the sciences among the public. The current seat of the company is London.


The Academia Europaea organizes, among other things, annual meetings, each with a general theme. The motto of the 2006 meeting in Budapest was “Brain, Mind & Matter” . The 2012 annual meeting in the Norwegian city of Bergen took place under the motto Northern Seas - The European Dimension . The motto of the 2015 annual meeting in Darmstadt was Symbiosis - Synergy of Humans & Technology .


Membership is acquired by invitation to European scientists based on the proposal of an expert commission. The choice is confirmed by the Society's Council. As of October 2019, the society has around 4,000 members, including 72 Nobel Prize winners .


The Academia Europaea has published the magazine "European Review" since 1993, which appears four times a year, is subjected to a peer review and whose booklets are each dedicated to certain focal points.

In addition, a newsletter called The Tree appeared regularly until 2009 , which was subsequently replaced by an electronic newsletter.


Honourings and prices

The Academy awards the following awards:

  • The Erasmus Medal (awarded annually)
  • The Gold Medal of the Academia Europaea (ad hoc)
  • The Russia Prizes (awarded annually)
  • The Burgen Scholarships (awarded annually)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. above: What is the Academia Europaea? Academia Europeana website, accessed January 26, 2020.
  2. ^ The European review
  3. Our newsletter
  4. ( Memento of November 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive )

Coordinates: 51 ° 30 ′ 35 "  N , 0 ° 8 ′ 33"  W.