At present - following the latest admissions since the 11th Assembly in Wroclaw, November 2015 - the European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V. (ECURES) counts 110 members in 35 countries in Europe and other parts of the world.
Article 4 of the Statutes of the Association stipulates the following membership categories: Full Members, Student Members and - at present: 3 - Honorary Members. While specific membership requirements are mentioned only with respect to "Honorary Members", it was clear from the beginning that only experts with experience in scientific research related to the arts, cultural policy, the heritage and the media could become Full Members, with preference given to those who were already involved in comparative projects. During the last decade, involvement in the Council of Europe/ERICarts "Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends in Europe" became an additional characteristic of ECURES membership.
In principle, the General Assembly of the Association has the right to set additional guidelines or criteria for the definition of the status of members and for their election. In the absence of such regulations, applications for membership in the ECURES e.V. can be made without formal requirements (except a meaningful CV); they may be sent by ordinary mail or e-mail to the Secretary General, who will then forward them to the Board for approval. The 2015 Assembly in Wroclaw/Poland decided that membership fees may be introduced if these are needed to sustain the Association (however, until 2017 the Board did not yet specify such such obligations).
According to a survey carried out among ECURES members in 2005, a large majority of the respondents saw the main function of the Association in its status as the founder and active partner of the ERICarts Institute, which would include e.g. taking up ECURES members' ideas for new projects or suggesting experts for ERICarts project teams. In addition, activities that could help:
- to promote scientific and cultural cooperation in Europe and with the Southern Hemisphere;
- to improve methodologies for comparative cultural research; and
- to empower members to participate in each other's research projects and to conduct similar exchanges
were seen as priority areas in the work of the Association.