The Leopoldina maintains close ties with its partner academies in China, in particular the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS). The cooperation aims to increase the mutual visibility of the scientific communities and to intensify the dialogue between academics from both countries. The Leopoldina also provides international policy advice in collaboration with Chinese partners, for example by preparing statements for the G20 summits.
In recent years, the Leopoldina has maintained close links with China. Some of these connections are inherent to the academy, as, for instance, a number of leading Chinese scientists are members of the Leopoldina. Together with its Chinese partners, the Leopoldina regularly co-organises symposia on a variety of academic subjects. These joint events focus on topics that are socially relevant and pioneering in both countries, such as nanotechnology. Topics emerging from social sciences and humanities are also addressed, for example as part of a project of the Leopoldina Centre for Science Studies, which investigates knowledge transfer and modernisation processes between Europe and East Asia.
In 2016, the Leopoldina signed a cooperation agreement with the CAE to formalise the two institutions’ long-standing relations. The agreement also covers cooperation with the CAMS, which is associated with CAE. The “First Sino-German Symposium on Individualised Medicine”, held in Xi'an in the autumn of 2016, marked the start of this closer cooperation.
Knowledge exchange and collaboration on national, bilateral or multilateral policy advice, such as for the G20 summits, are playing an increasingly important role in this partnership. These can draw on the expertise of the academies’ internationally renowned members, covering a wide range of disciplines and enabling high-level interdisciplinary work.