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„Reason and enlightenment are more important than ever in the search for answers to the great questions of the present and the future. We must turn to experts in the fields of science and research for this. For over ten years, the Leopoldina – the German National Academy of Sciences – has been providing the political and social realms with expert advice on numerous issues that are of great importance for the future. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Leopoldina members, as well as to all those who have supported the Leopoldina in this demanding work.“
President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Patron of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany, has been the patron of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina since 2017. He thus acknowledges and honours the National Academy as an important adviser on political and social matters. Frank-Walter Steinmeier´s patronage continues a tradition that began in the year 2008. When the Leopoldina was designated as the German National Academy of Sciences on 14 July 2008, the Federal President at the time, Horst Köhler, took over the patronage of the academy and thereby established the close relationship between the head of state and the National Academy.