The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina advises policymakers and the public on pressing social issues that require a scientifically sound evaluation. Interdisciplinary groups of researchers, therefore, publish papers that present scientific content comprehensibly and make it readily accessible. These may include statements, discussion papers, reports on tomorrow's science, or factsheets. Thus, the Leopoldina contributes to ensuring that political decisions can be made based on reliable scientific findings. It fosters an informed public dialogue with complementary events.
The Leopoldina is free to choose its research subjects. Depending on the subject, the Leopoldina cooperates with other academies and scientific institutions, public institutions, and international partner institutions.
To enable a faster response to societal challenges than before, the Leopoldina has set up so-called focus groups to complement the standing committees. The experiences during the coronavirus pandemic have clearly indicated the demand for swift work processes and the need for a permanent advisory infrastructure in order to develop analyses and options for action at short notice. Focus groups continuously monitor developments in their respective subject areas and identify current needs for advice. If necessary, they publish publications at short notice - possibly with the involvement of other experts.
This type of ad-hoc consultation does not replace in-depth elaboration on any topic. Focus groups rather complement the work of the standing committees. Standing committees contribute to shaping interdisciplinary discussions in the long term, identify important perspective issues and explore them in greater detail through symposia and workshops. Topics requiring more in-depth work continue to be dealt with by working groups, which provide a scientific basis for public discussions and political responses and identify options for action to address societal challenges.
Digitisation (currently under development)