The members of the Leopoldina are organized in 28 sections that are grouped in four classes.
The Leopoldina is one of the oldest science academies in the world. Since its foundation in 1652, it is obligated to the advancement of free science, to benefit humankind and to shape a common future. With a base of about 1,500 members, the Leopoldina unites the forces of outstanding scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and numerous other countries.
The Leopoldina was appointed the German National Academy of Sciences in 2008. In this capacity, it represents the German scientific community in international committees and assumes a nonpartisan scientific position on social and political issues. Interdisciplinary groups of experts are formed by the Leopoldina and other German, European and international academies to develop and publish official statements on issues of current interest. The Leopoldina furthermore promotes scientific and public debate, supports young scientists, confers awards for scientific achievements, conducts research projects, and campaigns for the human rights of persecuted scientists.