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  • Science, central to Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development, says UN’s Scientific Advisory Board

    Thursday, 17. December 2015 - On the heels of the recently concluded climate change negotiations in Paris, the United Nations Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board focused on harnessing the full potential of science and knowledge, including social sciences and local and indigenous knowledge, to realize fully the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Academies publish brief statement about health care for asylum seekers

    Thursday, 15. October 2015 - The safeguarding of the health of all the people living in Germany is the ultimate goal of public healthcare – including the people petitioning Germany for humanitarian protection (asylum seekers). The provision of healthcare for asylum seekers presents the German healthcare system with new challenges. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering, and The Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities have responded to this situation by formulating a brief statement which was released today.

  • Leopoldina President Jörg Hacker congratulates the Leopoldina member Satoshi Ōmura on his Nobel Prize

    Monday, 5. October 2015 - The Japanese pharmacologist and chemist Satoshi Ōmura, who is a member of the Leopoldina, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The scientist was honoured jointly with William C. Campbell (USA) for the research on new therapies against infections caused by roundworm parasites. They both shared one half of this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine, the other half going to the Chinese pharmacologist Youyou Tu for her discovery of the anti-malaria drug Artemisinin.

  • Academies and DFG call for the responsible use of new genome editing techniques

    Joint press release
    German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering, Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, German Research Foundation (DFG)

    Tuesday, 29. September 2015 - Effizientere Bakterien und Hefen zur Produktion von Treibstoff und Medikamenten, neue Strategien gegen antibiotikaresistente Keime und innovative Methoden der Pflanzenzüchtung: Neue molekularbiologische Methoden, die gezielte Eingriffe in das Erbgut erlauben, eröffnen vielversprechende Möglichkeiten in Forschung und Anwendung. Gleichzeitig machen die unter dem Begriff genome editing (Veränderung des Genoms) zusammengefassten Methoden einen gesamtgesellschaftlichen Dialog über Chancen und Grenzen ihrer Anwendung notwendig. Darauf weisen die Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina, acatech ─ Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, und die Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften sowie die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in ihrer Stellungnahme zu „Chancen und Grenzen des genome editing“ hin.

  • The Leopoldina Annual Assembly: Symmetry and Asymmetry in Science and Art

    Friday, 18. September 2015 - “Symmetry and Asymmetry in Science and Art” – this topic is the focus of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina´s Annual Assembly that opens today in Halle (Saale). Renowned scientists will delve for two days into the phenomenon of symmetry, which has a wide range of application and great significance beyond the boundaries of science. The Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel delivered a keynote speech at the official opening ceremonies.

  • The Leopoldina Annual Assembly: Symmetry and Asymmetry in Science and Art

    Tuesday, 1. September 2015 - “Symmetry and Asymmetry in Science and Art” – this topic is the focus of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina´s Annual Assembly to which more than 400 participants from all over the world are expected on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of September 2015 in Halle (Saale). Symmetries and asymmetries are encountered by scientists from every discipline; hence does the spectrum of the 14 specialized lectures range from the investigation of symmetries in morality to the symmetries of the cosmos through to the emergence of cancer because of disturbances in the physiological equilibrium during the wound healing process. At the start of the assembly on Friday, awards and medals from the Leopoldina will be conferred. Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Sachsen-Anhalt Minister President Dr Reiner Haseloff are expected to attend the opening ceremonies on Friday noon.

  • Perspectives for the science systems of the Western Balkan countries

    First Joint Science Conference meets at the German National Academy Leopoldina

    Wednesday, 22. July 2015 - Following a consequent path towards the European Union membership is an important prerequisite for the further positive development of the science systems in the Balkan countries. This in one of the results of the first Joint Science Conference Western Balkans, which was held at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle and in Berlin from 15 to 17 July 2015. The conference is part of the Intergovernmental Initiative Western Balkans, which was brought into life by the German Federal Government, with the participation of the Southeast European countries including Croatia and Slovenia, as well as Austria, France, Italy and the EU Commission. The initiative aims at developing strategies for international cooperation in and with the Western Balkans in the areas of politics, economy, science and society. In agreement with the German Federal Government, the Leopoldina has taken over the initiative in the priority area dedicated to science and society.

  • Franco-German statement on the energy transition

    National academies recommend collaborative policies and identify areas for a closer cooperation

    Friday, 10. July 2015 - In preparation of the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), the French and German national academies of science and technology have published a joint statement advocating a stronger partnership between the two countries. This statement points out the fundamental challenges raised for the future - e.g., meeting the world energy demand, restraining energy consumption in developed countries and reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). While France and Germany have taken different courses in handling their electrical energy generation system (which only represents about 25% of their energy consumption), they also have many common issues. The two countries can share knowledge and learn from each other’s successes and difficulties, they can anticipate challenges ahead and identify areas for a closer scientific and technological cooperation. The four academies thus propose several cross-cutting subjects - e.g., energy efficiency, energy grids, mobility, nuclear technologies, renewable energy and energy storage, social and economic aspects - which could benefit from of a closer scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries. They also emphasise the need for a better perception of energy issues and their implications in society at large. Finally, the academies claim for a systemic approach for EU-wide energy policies.

  • Longer, healthier lives: Academies make recommendations for improving health promotion in Germany and addressing global challenges

    Joint press release German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering, Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

    Tuesday, 16. June 2015 - In recent decades, enormous successes have been achieved in the field of public health. Three examples of these are the fight against HIV, the reduction in cardiovascular disease, and protection for non-smokers. For Germany to make even better use of the potential of public health, it needs more political support, improved research structures, and stronger international involvement. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities point this out in a joint statement entitled “Public Health in Germany – Structures, Developments and Global Challenges”, published today.

  • Statements for G7 summit handed to Chancellor Angela Merkel

    German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina calls for action on antibiotic resistance, tropical diseases, and the future of the ocean

    Wednesday, 29. April 2015 - Today the national science academies of the G7 countries handed three statements to their respective heads of government for discussion during the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in early June 2015. The papers on antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and the future of the ocean were drawn up by the seven national academies under the aegis of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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