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  • Jörg Hacker re-elected President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

    Friday, 19. September 2014 - The Senate of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has confirmed Jörg Hacker as the president of the academy. The microbiologist will serve another five-year term in office, beginning 1 March 2015. Jörg Hacker has been at the helm of the Leopoldina since 2010. The election took place on the eve of the Leopoldina´s 2014 Annual Assembly, which begins today in Rostock. Additionally, the Senate agreed to continue the term for one of the four academy vice-presidents and appointed replacements for the positions of secretary for Class III (Life Sciences) and Swiss academy members´ representative.

  • The DFG and the Leopoldina Present Recommendations on “Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility“

    Joint Press release of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

    Thursday, 26. June 2014 - The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina presented their joint recommendations on "Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility" on 26 June 2014 in Berlin. Attended by representatives from the media, the Professors Jörg Hacker and Peter Strohschneider, Presidents of the Leopoldina and the DFG respectively, presented recommendations for handling security-relevant research, placing the subject against the background of the current political debate. With the publication the research organisations respond to the view that science and the humanities must develop ethical principles and mechanisms with which to deal with the freedom of research and the risks of research. In this they are fulfilling their statutory mandate to advise scientists, policymakers and the public.

  • Policymakers must plan for a Europe with low fertility rates and longer lives

    European science academies’ statement on demographic change in Europe

    Tuesday, 10. June 2014 - Low fertility rates, an ageing population and increased migration within Europe* pose significant challenges for policymakers according to a joint statement published today (10 June) by eight European academies of science. The academies add that Governments and institutions will need to plan for changes in population against a backdrop of climate change and shortages in natural resources. Among its recommendations, the statement suggests that policy should take advantage of lower fertility rates by investing more in each person – in education and work – in order to keep Europe competitive and maintain its wealth.

  • IAP Statement on Synthetic Biology

    Press release forwarded on behalf of IAP - the global network of science academies

    Wednesday, 7. May 2014 - IAP - the global network of science academies - today issued a statement on ‘Realising Global Potential in Synthetic Biology: Scientific Opportunities and Good Governance’. In the statement, IAP highlights the different areas in which researchers are currently working with synthetic biology – for example, producing less expensive pharmaceuticals and other high-value chemicals, and next-generation biofuels. In the near future, synthetic biology will likely also find applications in biomedicine, agriculture, land and water decontamination, biosensing, new materials, nano-machines, and even in novel approaches to information processing.

  • The UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board to have its first meeting

    Friday, 24. January 2014 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s new advisory committee consisting of a panel of international experts will hold its first working session next week in Berlin. The Scientific Advisory Board will advise the Secretary-General in matters of science, research and technology. Included among the 26 members from various scientific disciplines is the microbiologist Professor Jörg Hacker, the President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina which has its headquarters in Halle (Saale). The constituent meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board will begin with an inauguration ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on Thursday, 30 January.

  • Leopoldina expands its working relationship with The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

    Monday, 2. December 2013 - The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities will work together even more closely in the future. Professor Ruth Arnon, president of the Israeli National Academy, and Leopoldina president Professor Jörg Hacker signed the pertinent cooperation agreement yesterday in Jerusalem. The agreement serves to supplement and strengthen an already existing relationship.

  • IAP & IAMP release Joint Statement on Antimicrobial Resistance

    Press release forwarded on behalf of the Interacademy Panel (IAP) and the InterAcdemy Medical Panel (IAMP)

    Tuesday, 19. November 2013 - IAP - The Global Network of Science Academies, which comprises 106 science academies from both developed and developing countries, and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP), an international network of medical academies and scientific academies’ medical divisions, today issued a Joint Statement on ‘Antimicrobial Resistance: A Call for Action’. In the Joint Statement IAP and IAMP highlight the critical role that antimicrobial (including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic) drugs play in today’s medical practices, but also that there have been dramatic increases in the number of pathogens developing resistance to these drugs.

  • Jörg Hacker appointed to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board

    Monday, 21. October 2013 - The microbiologist Professor Jörg Hacker has been appointed to the new United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board was set up by the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon. The 26 members are to serve as a source for advice on science, research and technology. The issues of the sustainability of our society’s development and the eradication of poverty play a central role in the consultations. The appointees include scientists from a broad range of scientific fields. UNESCO will host the Secretariat for the board.

  • IAP Statement: Response to the Report of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda

    Press release forwarded on behalf of the Interacademy Panel (IAP)

    Monday, 23. September 2013 - IAP - The Global Network of Science Academies, which comprises 106 science academies from both developed and developing countries, today responded to the UN-established High Level Panel’s post-2015 agenda for global development and stressed the pivotal role of science in defining the agenda’s priorities. The world’s science academies stand ready to provide expert guidance to the panel and the international community as they further develop the agenda and take action to implement it, said IAP in a statement.

  • How did I become the person I am? Leopoldina Annual Assembly to discuss the shaping of the individual

    Monday, 9. September 2013 - “Mind, brain, genomes and society. How did I become the person I am?” The participants in this year’s German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Annual Assembly from 20 to 22 September 2013 will provide a range of answers to this question. More than 400 guests from around the world are expected at the Leopoldina’s headquarters in Halle. In their lectures, renowned researchers will address various aspects associated with the shaping of our personalities. A notable highlight will be a lecture by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman on the Friday evening. The patron of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Federal President Joachim Gauck, and the Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt, Dr Reiner Haseloff, are to attend the official opening ceremony.

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