The Volkswagen Foundation is one of the largest private foundations promoting research in Germany and granting funds to scientific institutions. The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Volkswagen Foundation have been cooperation partners since 2014, jointly organizing public Leopoldina Lectures and scientific workshops.
Each year, the Leopoldina and the Volkswagen Foundation hold three public discussion evenings known as the Leopoldina Lectures in Herrenhausen. These events address science related questions with social relevance, in particular topics dealt with by active or completed Leopoldina work groups. Topics of past discussion evenings were, among others, vaccination, palliative care and early childhood socialization.
A second event series of workshops organized by the Leopoldina and the Volkswagen Foundation is entitled “Governance of Science: Strategies for the 21st Century”. In the first of these workshops, international experts discussed strategic issues surrounding science-based policy advice and the political parameters of science today. Topics of the second workshop in 2015 were the various methods of measuring scientific quality and their implications on the science system.
Leopoldina Lecture Religion und Gewalt Hannover, 5 September 2017
Leopoldina Lecture Genom-Chirurgie in der Humanmedizin Hannover, 21 February 2017
Leopoldina Lecture Medizinische Bedürfnisse im Alter Hannover, 5 September 2016
Leopoldina Lecture Datensicherheit in der Quantenwelt Hannover, 11 April 2016
Leopoldina Lecture Der vernetzte Bürger Hannover, 10 February 2016
Leopoldina Lecture Burnout, Angst und Depression Hannover, 28 September 2015
Leopoldina Lecture Begleitung am Ende des Lebens Hannover, 18 May 2015
Leopoldina Lecture Mehr als im Impfpass steht. Was Schutzimpfungen heute möglich machen Hannover, 28 January 2015
Leopoldina Lecture Der Strombürger und das liebe Geld Hannover, 2 September 2014
Leopoldina-Lecture Was Hänschen nicht lernt...? Hannover, 19 June 2014
Leopoldina Lecture Personalisierte Medizin - Zwischen begründeten Hoffnungen und gewagten Versprechen Hannover, 22 January 2014