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News | Friday, 31 July 2020

Energy transition 2030, Contact Tracing Apps and SILBERSALZ Conference

Energy transition 2030, Contact Tracing Apps and SILBERSALZ Conference

The new issue of the Leopoldina Newsletter has been published. In an interview Karen Pittel, Director of the ifo Center for Energy, Climate, and Resources Munich, and Robert Schlögl, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion Mülheim (Ruhr), talk about the ad-hoc-statement “Energy transition 2030: Europe’s path to carbon neutrality”. In addition, the new newsletter focuses on the virtual panel discussion on Contact Tracing Apps and this year's SILBERSALZ conference.

In June, the Leopoldina published the ad-hoc-statement “Energy transition 2030: Europe’s path to carbon neutrality” together with acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of German Academies. The 22 authors include Karen Pittel, Director of the ifo Center for Energy, Climate, and Resources in Munich, and Robert Schlögl, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, who explained the recommendations in an interview. More on page 4

To ensure that international scientific dialogue remains possible during the coronavirus
pandemic, the Leopoldina and its global partners have launched a series of online discussions held in English. Under the title “Leopoldina International”, experts discuss the latest issues connected to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other topics from the National Academy of Sciences’ work. More on page 7

“Homeland Earth” is the theme of this year’s SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the festival has been split into two parts. The first part was held in June, drawing visitors to an art installation in Halle’s Ulrichskirche church and concert hall. The second part of the festival is set to take place in autumn. More on page 9

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