The Academia is a functioning European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, composed of individual members. Membership is by invitation, and invitations are made only after peer group nomination, scrutiny and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in their chosen field.
Members are drawn from across Europe, with current membership standing at around 2,800. Among these are 52 Nobel Laureates, several of whom were elected to the Academia before receiving the prize.
The AE’s mission is to encourage the highest possible standards in scholarship, research and education alongside promoting a better understanding among the public of the benefits of knowledge and learning, and of scientific and scholarly issues which affect society, its quality of life and its standards of living. It also seeks to make recommendations to national governments and international agencies concerning matters affecting science, scholarship and academic life in Europe.
Professor Lappin has been elected to the Linguistics Section of the Academy. Commenting on his election, he said: ‘It is a great honour to be elected to the Academia Europaea. I look forward to taking my place in the Linguistics Section of the Academia, and to working with my colleagues there in their efforts to support cutting edge research in linguistics. In this period of challenge and reduced government support in the UK for research and higher education, the role of European institutions like the AE have become particularly important.’