Academia Europaea is a European non-governmental scientific academy founded in 1988. Its members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. It publishes European Review through Cambridge Journals.
The concept of a 'European Academy of Sciences' was raised at a meeting in Paris of the European Ministers of Science in 1985. The Royal Society (UK) then organised a meeting in London in June 1986 of Arnold Burgen (United Kingdom), Hubert Curien (France), Umberto Columbo (Italy), David Magnusson (sv) (Sweden), Eugen Seibold (de) (Germany) and Eugen Seibold, Ruud van Lieshout (Netherlands) – who agreed to the need for a European Academy.
The Academia Europæa was founded, as the European Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Letters, at a meeting held in Cambridge in September 1988, under the first President, Arnold Burgen. The French Minister of Science, Hubert Curien, who later became the second President of the Academia, gave the inaugural address. The first Plenary Meeting was held in London in June 1989, by which time there were 627 members.
Membership is by invitation only, following a peer review selection process.
The Academy has over 2000 members, including over 40 Nobel Laureates, from 35 European countries and 8 non-European countries. The membership includes leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law.
On election, members are placed within discipline driven sections.
- European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering
- European Research Area (ERA)
- European Research Advisory Board
- European Research Council
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