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  • 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.

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

    Joint press release of 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

    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 “Early Childhood Socialisation”, 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.

  • 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.

  • The human rights network “International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies” meets in Halle

    Monday, 19. May 2014 - Representatives from science academies from more than thirty countries will meet at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle in order to confer about current developments in the human rights situation in the field of science. This biennial meeting of the network “International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies” will take place from Monday, 26 May till Wednesday, 28 May. The first day is open to the public. The program will include a keynote address by Sir Richard J. Roberts , the British-American winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

  • 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.

  • Leopoldina Symposium on the Technologies of Energy Storage

    Tuesday, 28. January 2014 - The importance of energy storage has grown with the expansion of renewable energy technologies because the yields from wind energy and photovoltaic installations fluctuate significantly. The supply of electricity is locally often less or more than the demand. These differences can be balanced out by a program for storing electricity. What role efficient and affordable energy storage will assume in the energy transition will be examined by scientists at the symposium entitled “Energiespeicher – der fehlende Baustein der Energiewende?“ (Energy Storage – the Missing Piece of the Energy Transition?), which will take place on Thursday, 6 February at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale).



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