Activities

Annual Scientific Meetings

A three day meeting is held each year, centred upon a series of interdisciplinary symposia on a wide range of subjects. Since 1989, Annual Meetings have been held in London, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Budapest, Uppsala, Parma, Krakow, Barcelona, Gent, and Basel. Among the many issues which have been addressed are 'The responsibility of the individual scholar to society', 'Human origins', 'European linguistic diversity and unity', 'Brain and cognition', 'Climatic change in recent millennia', 'The classical heritage' and 'Non-linearity and chaotic behaviour'. Many of the papers presented at the Annual Meetings are subsequently published.

The Erasmus Lecture and Medal

The Erasmus Lecture and Medal were introduced into the programme of the Annual Meeting in 1992 to provide an opportunity for Academia members and others to hear a renowned scholar. The first Erasmus lecturers were Janos Kornai, Ernst Mestmäcker, Lawrence Freedman, Alain Touraine, Hubert Markl, Paul Crutzen, and Peter Burke.

Other symposia and working groups

The Academia Europaea also organises special working groups and workshops to address particular topics of scientific or academic interest. Two major themes of particular importance have been Education and the Impact of Information Technology on society. Recent examples of workshops have included 'Psychosocial problems among young people', 'Higher education in the 21st century', 'The idea of progress', 'Teaching science to children', 'The quality of life in old age' and 'The impact of electronic publishing'. i

Prizes schemes

Since 1993 the Academia has organised a scheme for giving prize awards to young scientists from the CIS republics on the basis of open competitions assessed by international experts. Significant financial support for this scheme has been given by a number of European and international foundations, societies, companies and individuals. The scheme has helped to promote further support of young scientists within the CIS republics.

From 1995 a second scheme has been introduced, to provide prizes for young scientists from the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.