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The Leopoldina is dedicating its Annual Assembly 2019 to the topic of “Time in Nature and Culture”. From 20 to 21 September, scientists will come together in Halle (Saale) to discuss technological developments and societal change. The scientific coordinator of the Annual Assembly 2019 is the mathematician and computer scientist Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, Member of the Leopoldina Presidium.
The talks will explore a variety of subjects including how time is understood and approached in physics, technology and chemistry, philosophy and psychology, and chronobiology and chronomedicine, as well as developmental processes over time. Speakers will discuss the specific ways that their disciplines approach the phenomenon of time. Time is a primordial human experience, and yet it remains a mystery. It is a foundational element of our cosmos. We measure it with ever-increasing precision; we investigate it and the processes that take place within it over a huge range of different scales. We have a subjective sense of time and are ruled by the cyclical rhythms of nature.
The lecture on Friday morning will be held by Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer, a judge at the German Federal
Constitutional Court. She will mark the 70th anniversary of Germany’s constitution, known as the Basic Law, with a talk on scientific freedom and scientific responsibility. For the Friday evening lecture, the British-Canadian neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Jessica Grahn will discuss music – why do we love
music, and what reactions do sounds and rhythms trigger in our brain? On the eve of the Annual Assembly, the Senate will address the upcoming Presidium elections.
To mark the opening of its Annual Assembly on Friday 20 September, the Leopoldina will once again be presenting its various awards. These include the Cothenius Medal for a lifetime of superb scientific achievement, the Carus Medal for important scientific achievements, the Schleiden Medal and the Mendel Medal, as well as the Leopoldina Prize for Junior Scientists and the Georg Uschmann Award for outstanding dissertations on the history of science.