The headquarters of the Academia Europaea are located within the Senate House, University of London.

The Academia Europaea

Scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research


Founded in 1988, the Academia Europaea (AE) is an international, nongovernmental, not-for-profit association of individual scientists and scholars from all disciplines, recognised by their peers as experts and leaders in the own subject areas. Their members are leading scientists and scholars who collectively promote research, learning and education. The AE recognises genuine international excellence and supports the culture of European research through dialogue and collaboration. The AE membership now numbers over 3800, including more than 75 Nobel laureates. The AE is pan-European, and its elected members are drawn from the whole European continent and also from non-European countries. Presently, the AE has five Hubs: Wroclaw (Poland), Barcelona, Bergen (Norway), Cardiff (Wales) and Tbilisi (Georgia), and an Information Centre, located in Graz (Austria). The AE Corporate Headquarters are located in London (the Senate House, University of London). The AE has currently 22 thematic sections, grouped in four Classes: Class A1, Humanities; Class A2, Social and Related Sciences; Class B, Exact Sciences; and Class C, Life Sciences. The current president of the AE is Prof. Dr. Sierd Cloetingh, from Utrecht University.

What makes the AE different?

The AE is unique and stands out as the only genuine Academy in Europe that draws scholars from the entire continent, and all learning traditions participate on equal terms. Thus, it represents an assemblage of expertise that crosses all disciplinary and cultural boundaries, capable of responding to issues of international concern. Our membership is uniquely placed to provide a truly representative, authoritative and independent perspective to all organisations that value such an approach. Most bodies involved in similar activities on a European level are dependent upon national governments and government-controlled sources of finance and therefore tend to be influenced by national interests. The complete independence of the Academia Europaea means that we remain distinct from narrow national interests; we are impartial observers and commentators on the whole European science and scholarship scene, able to draw upon the broad cultural experiences of our membership from all corners of the continent. This is and remains the unique perspective of the Academia Europaea.