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The academic structure of the Leopoldina consists of classes and sections. Depending on their particular area of research, all Academy members belong to one of the 28 specialised sections, which are grouped into four classes. Introduced in 2009, this grouping of sections into classes fosters discussion between the disciplines and encourages active participation in Academy life.

Class I: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering

No. Name of Section    
1 Mathematics    
2 Informatics    
3 Physics    
4 Chemistry    
5 Earth Sciences    
27 Engineering Sciences    

Spokesperson: Prof. Thomas Lengauer, Saarbrücken (Section 2), Deputy: Prof. Wolfgang Franke, Gießen (Section 5)

Class II: Life Sciences

No. Name of Section  
6 Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences  
8 Organismic and Evolutionary Biology  
9 Genetics/Molecular Biology and Cell Biology  
10 Biochemistry and Biophysics  
13 Microbiology and Immunology  
14 Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine  
15 Physiology and Pharmacology/Toxicology  

Spokesperson: Prof. Eberhard Schäfer, Freiburg (Section 8), Deputy: Prof. Franz Hofmann, München (Section 15)

Class III: Medicine

No. Name of Section    
11 Anatomy and Anthropology    
12 Pathology and Forensic Medicine    
16 Internal Medicine and Dermatology    
17 Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesiology    
18 Gynaecology and Paediatrics    
19 Neurosciences    
20 Ophthalmology, Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Stomatology    
21 Radiology    
22 Veterinary Medicine    

Spokesperson: Prof. H. K. Müller-Hermelink, Würzburg (Section 12), Deputy: Prof. Joachim Kalden, Erlangen (Section 16)

Class IV: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences

No. Name of Section    
23 History of Science and Medicine    
24 Epistemology    
25 Economics and Empirical Social Sciences    
26 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences    
28 Cultural Sciences    

Spokesperson: Prof. Gereon Wolters, Konstanz (Section 24), Deputy: Prof. Alfons Labisch, Düsseldorf (Section 23)




Dr. Jörg Beineke

Senior Scientific Coordinator

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 954
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 919
E-Mail joerg.beineke @leopoldina.org

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