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In the Members’ General Assembly, the Presidium informs members about current activities, initiates discussions on its objectives and the general development of the Academy. The Members’ General Assembly meets statutorily if necessary. Usually, the meeting is held every other year on the occasion of the Leopoldina’s annual assemblies. The Members’ General Assembly decides on revisions of the statutes as prepared and proposed by the Senate.
Academy members belong to specialized sections, which are grouped into four classes. Introduced in 2009, this grouping allows members to assume a more active role in the drafting of statements and recommendations and fosters interdisciplinary exchange. The four classes focus on the natural sciences, the life sciences, the medical sciences, the humanities and social and behavioral sciences. They serve as a framework for international exchange and new member selection. The Leopoldina’s annual assemblies provide a forum for all Academy members.