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  • Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany denounces drastic interventions in the academic freedom of Turkish researchers

    Joint Statement of the Alliance of Science Organisations

    Thursday, 28. July 2016 - The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany strongly denounces the drastic interventions in the academic freedom of Turkish researchers which have ensued directly from various measures taken by the Turkish government since the attempted coup in the night of 16 July. These measures not only include the at least temporary restriction of researchers’ movement but also the politically motivated removal of researchers and rectors from their institutions through to the forced resignation of all deans.

  • On the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020

    Joint position statement concerning the interim evaluation of the “Horizon 2020“ EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

    Wednesday, 13. July 2016 - The EU Commission is currently preparing an interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The Alliance wishes to become involved in this process at an early stage. Horizon 2020 was launched in 2014 with the aim of achieving the following political objectives: to consolidate scientific excellence, to tackle Europe’s major societal challenges, and to pro-mote economic growth. The results of the FP7 ex-post-evaluation show that the emphasis was clearly less on achieving thematic objectives than on quantitatively assessing publications, patents and return on in-vestment. The Horizon 2020 interim evaluation should instead focus on the issue of whether and how the programme contributes to implementing the aforementioned objectives.

  • UN Scientific Advisory Board makes recommendations on food security, climate change and science in the 2030 Agenda

    Joint press release by the German Commission for UNESCO and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

    Thursday, 26. May 2016 - The Scientific Advisory Board set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met in Trieste and produced a set of recommendations for the future of science. The recommendations focus on the role of science in the implementation of the global Agenda for Sustainable Development, the risks associated with climate change, the interaction between nutrition and health, the compatibility of science with traditional and indigenous knowledge, and future science-based policy advice at the UN. The Board, made up of 26 leading scientists from around the world, will shortly present its recommendations to Secretary-General Ban. Prof. Jörg Hacker, President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, represents Germany on the Board as a member appointed ad personam.

  • G-Science Academies call for actions on brain science, disaster resilience, and future scientists

    Wednesday, 20. April 2016 - The G-Science Academies delivered three statements for discussion during the G7 summit at Ise Shima in May 2016 to their respective heads of government. This year’s G-Science Academies Meeting, which was hosted by Science Council of Japan, was convened on the 18th and 19th of February in Tokyo.

  • 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.

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