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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • President of the Israeli National Academy Ruth Arnon visits the Leopoldina

    Tuesday, 7. October 2014 - The President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Professor Ruth Arnon, will arrive at the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina on Monday 13 October for consultations. She will be received by the Leopoldina President Jörg Hacker. The Israeli National Academy and the Leopoldina concluded a cooperation agreement in the preceding year. The agreement was signed in Jerusalem in December 2013.

  • 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.

  • German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina publishes recommendations on handling changes in the life sciences

    Tuesday, 9. September 2014 - Modern high-throughput screening methods for analysing genetic information, proteins and metabolic products offer new ways of obtaining large quantities of data on life processes. These OMICS technologies, as they are known, are fuelling hopes of major advances in medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, the food sciences and related fields. However, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has expressed concerns that Germany is failing to keep abreast of these developments. The Academy Report on Tomorrow’s Science entitled Life sciences in transition sets out six recommendations on how existing deficiencies can be overcome and research and teaching better equipped for the challenges of modern life sciences.

  • Academies call for long-term investments in the education and care of small children

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

    Thursday, 3. July 2014 - The experiences we have as small children have a long-term impact on the entire course of our development. High-quality education and upbringing from an early age is thus crucial both for every individual and for society as a whole. In their statement “Socialisation in early childhood ─ Biological, psychological, linguistic, sociological and economic perspectives”, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the National Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities are therefore calling for long-term investments in the high-quality education and care of small children.

  • 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.

  • Taxonomy – the Leopoldina publishes recommendations on researching biodiversity

    Wednesday, 25. June 2014 - Taxonomy, the science of identifying, describing and classifying life forms, is currently experiencing a technological revolution. As a result, the goal of collecting data on the Earth’s entire biological diversity is becoming achievable. At the same time, the importance of taxonomy is growing in many fields, such as medicine, the food industry, and agriculture. With a view to making optimal use of the new opportunities available to taxonomy, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina recommends, in its statement entitled “Challenges and Opportunities of Integrative Taxonomy for Research and Society”, promoting efforts to describe all the species of Central Europe. The statement also calls for investments in taxonomic research and teaching.



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