Since the Leopoldina was appointed the German National Academy of Sciences in 2008 it has served as the voice of German science in the international dialogue between academies. The Leopoldina maintains close ties and friendly relations with science academies on all continents. Around one quarter of the Academy’s members represent more than 30 nationalities.
The discussion of current scientific issues in high-profile international symposia is an important aspect of the Leopoldina’s international activities. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina furthermore provides science-based policy advice on an international level. Along with the national academies of the other G7 nations, it regularly presents recommendations to the heads of states of the world’s seven major economic powers at the annual G7 summits.
As a member of international associations of academies such as the InterAcademy Panel (IAP) and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP), the Leopoldina helps to draw up scientific recommendations on possible solutions for urgent global problems.
The Leopoldina is also active at the European level, in particular in the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the association of the national science academies of the EU member states. The EASAC Secretariat has been based at the Leopoldina’s headquarters in Halle since April 2010. The Human Rights Committee (HRC) of the Leopoldina is committed to supporting researchers all over the world who are subject to reprisals solely on account of their scientific work.
Along with its partner academies, the Leopoldina also organises conferences, workshops and symposia in Germany and various partner countries. These events, bilateral as a rule, focus on specific fields of research and are mostly organised on the initiative of Academy members. Distinguished by highest academic standards, they attract internationally renowned scientists from around the world.
The Leopoldina is also involved in international years to promote science. For example, it actively participates in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s bilateral years of science, technology and innovation, and is also an active partner in the bilateral Germany Years (“Deutschlandjahre”).