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  • 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.

  • Strategic EU investment fund must strengthen Europe’s research and innovation capability on a global scale

    Statement of Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

    Monday, 30. March 2015 - The German science organisations united in the Alliance are following with concern the current debate on the financing conditions of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to be adopted by the EU Council and European Parliament by the end of June 2015.

  • Position statement of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany on the planned amendment to the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG)

    Wednesday, 25. March 2015 - Highly trained and productive junior scientists are a key factor for the success of our science system in the face of international competition. Science and government are required to jointly establish the optimal qualification and working conditions. The Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG) provides a science-appropriate starting point which can provide legal certainty. However, the practical application of the currently valid provisions has, in the past, resulted in too short contract periods for many junior scientists leading to great insecurity with regard to career paths.

  • Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research Starts Work

    Joint press release of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the German Research Foundation (DFG)

    Thursday, 19. March 2015 - The Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research, set up by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, has started work. It was established to aid research institutions in the effective and permanent implementation of the recommendations on "Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility" published in June 2014 by the DFG and the Leopoldina. The aim is to ensure that researchers are sufficiently aware of their responsibilities in dealing with potential conflicts between the freedom to research, which is protected under article 5 of the German Basic Law, and the danger that research findings can be misused for malicious purposes. A discussion paper entitled "Freedom and Responsibility in Research – Do the Opportunities for Success Offered by Research Justify Its Potential Risks?" has now been published.

  • Science needs an open-minded atmosphere

    Statement of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

    Thursday, 19. February 2015 - The current discussion surrounding immigration and asylum is moving society; it is keeping the media busy and challenging politics. Besides the fact that a demographically ageing society also needs immigration, a particular perspective applies for science, as it is and always has been international.

  • Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany: EU Investment Plan Must Not Come at Expense of Research in Europe

    Press release of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

    Monday, 8. December 2014 - To combat the effects of the global economic and financial crisis in Europe, the European Commission has announced a new investment programme. The plan is to enable investments of about 315 billion euros, for example in information, energy and transport infrastructures, with guarantees from the EU budget. The programme is also explicitly framed as an investment in European research.

  • Academies call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic

    Wednesday, 15. October 2014 - The Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and to an unexpected extent. The outbreak does not follow the patterns experienced in the past and the virus shows a new disease dynamic in regions, where it has never been recorded before. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities call for the following consequences to be taken: To combat the Ebola epidemic vaccines and antivirals are urgently needed. To meet this need, the further development of experimental vaccines and medicines for clinical application needs to be accelerated. Even if the pathogen should temporarily disappear again, research must continue as a precautionary measure because another outbreak is highly probable. Such precautionary measures must also include ensuring that sufficient quantities of available vaccines and antivirals are stockpiled in case of a new outbreak. Increasing medical and social science research in this area is also vitally important for future preparedness.

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