PRESS RELEASE: April 8th - London#


The Board of Trustees of the Academia Europaea are pleased to announce that an ERASMUS MEDAL of the Academia Europaea will be presented to Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics.

Citation: The medal is made following a recommendation from an independent panel of academic experts appointed by the Board of Trustees, to a member who has maintained over a sustained period, the highest level of international scholarship and recognition by their peers.

Sonia Livingstone is a world-leading scholar of Media Studies. She has made a stellar, international career merging original and pioneering research on audiences' meaning-making practices across a number of media (film, tv, computers, mobile phones, the internet) with theoretical innovations in public sphere theories, mediated risks and, increasingly, transnational media ethics. Few media scholars have a higher profile beyond the discipline, both in academia more generally and in public discourse.

The medal presentation will take place at the Academia Europaea 31st annual meeting, to be held in Barcelona, October 23-24, 2019.

Professor Kirsten Drotner MAE (University of Southern Denmark), a Trustee of the Academia Europaea, will give a laudation.

Further information on the award, on Professor Livingstone and her accompanying medal lecture, can be found on the AE website.


The Academia Europaea (formed in 1988) is the pan-European academy of science, humanities and letters, with a membership of over 3600 eminent scholars, drawn from all countries of Europe, and all disciplines, nationalities and geographical locations.

Full information on the Academia Europaea, its regional knowledge hubs and the Young Academy of Europe, together with information about all individual AE members, AE events and activity can be found via the website at:

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