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“The German National Academy of Sciences is the heart and the voice of German science. The Leopoldina embraces its role as a mediator of scientific knowledge with a remarkable level of diligence. As a result, it is held in the highest regard, both nationally and internationally. I would like to now express my sincere thanks for the great job it has done over the last ten years. I look forward to hearing from the Leopoldina in its capacity as a driving force in the shaping of future public opinion and wish it continued success in its collaborative work that continues to strengthen Germany's position as a centre of scientific enterprise.”
Dr. Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
The Chancellor works closely together with the National Academy and is a regular guest at Leopoldina events. It is also through her initiative that the Leopoldina, in conjunction with the other academies from the G7 and G20 countries, provides advisory support to the Heads of State or Government at the annual summits. In order to more fully integrate science and research in the subsequent G20 process, the German government instituted the Science20 Dialogue Forum. It was that occasion that prompted Chancellor Merkel's last visit to the Leopoldina in Halle (Saale) in March 2017.