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 (Sweden), Eugen Seibold (Germany) and 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.