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  • New International Initiative Stresses Need for Global Action on Air Pollution as Health Impacts Remain High

    Joint Press Release of the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

    Wednesday, 19. June 2019 - The National Academies of Sciences and Medicine from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and the United States of America have joined forces to issue an urgent call to action on harmful air pollution. They are calling for a new global compact to improve collaboration on the growing problem, and for governments, businesses and citizens to reduce air pollution in all countries. The academies launched their call with the publication of a science-policy statement, which was handed over in a ceremony today at the UN headquarters to senior UN representatives and high-level diplomats from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and the United States of America.

  • G7: three statements from the science academies to the Heads of Government to reassert the role of science in society

    Monday, 6. May 2019 - In preparation for the 45th G7 Summit, to be held in Biarritz from 25 to 27 August 2019, the science academies of the member countries have submitted three joint statements to their respective governments to alert them to what they see as the most pressing current scientific issues: “Science and trust”, “Artificial intelligence and society”, and “Citizen science in the Internet age”.

  • Protecting the oceans from plastic waste and the impact of climate change: National Academies of Sciences address recommendations to the G20 countries

    Wednesday, 6. March 2019 - Representatives from the national academies of sciences of the G20 countries handed over recommendations to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe today in Tokyo, Japan, for later consultation at this year’s G20 summit. The statement with recommendations for improving marine conservation was jointly drafted by the G20 National Academies of Sciences under the leadership of the Science Council of Japan. The G20 summit will take place on 28 and 29 June in Osaka, Japan.

  • Forum Future Europe: Contribution of Research and Innovation in the New EU Member States to the Union’s Future

    Joint Press Release
    German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
    Leibniz Association

    Thursday, 14. February 2019 - The Leibniz Association and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina kindly invite journalists to attend the international conference “Forum Future Europe – Raising Inclusion and Performance of European Research and Innovation” on 22 February 2019 in Berlin. Representatives of policy-making, universities, national academies, research organisations and science management from Germany and the new Member States of the European Union (EU13 = Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) discuss tangible measures to increase the participation and performance of research and innovation. Additionally, they analyse the ways in which science and scientists should contribute to a “Future Europe Agenda”, amid current debates on the future of the EU.

  • Leopoldina Annual Assembly to discuss issues spanning ten years of science-based policy advice

    Friday, 21. September 2018 - In its role as German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina has been advising politicians and society on key future issues for ten years. In this anniversary year, the Leopoldina Annual Assembly, which started today, is therefore set to focus on science-based policy advice over the course of two days. Under the motto ‘Nature – Science – Society’, the Academy will be joined by representatives of its partner academies to look back at ten years of advising politicians and society in Germany and on an international level. Participants at the Annual Assembly will be speaking about topics already addressed by the Leopoldina at an early stage, including antibiotics research, energy systems, the repercussions of digitalisation, demographic change and genome research. Anja Karliczek, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, spoke at the grand opening ceremony this morning.

  • Statement of the Alliance of Science Organisations on the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon Europe (FP9)

    Thursday, 28. June 2018 - The relationship between science and society is undergoing significant change. Increasingly, publicly funded researchers are expected to explain their results more clearly, to do more to highlight the societal relevance and impact of their research, to include citizens and social groups in their knowledge-building processes, and to make their publications freely accessible to all. The next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation aims to reflect this change by adopting Open Science as a universal principle. EU funding measures under the Missions and Innovation areas also aim to focus even more strongly on their immediate benefits.

  • Leopoldina-Expert-Group calls for stricter approval procedures for plant protection products

    Wednesday, 23. May 2018 - A number of chemical plant protection products, also known as pesticides, show harmful effects on ecosystems and biodiversity in their current use. Besides climate change, changes in global nutrient cycles and habitat destruction through altered land-use, the utilization of pesticides has also led to a dramatic loss of biodiversity. This is explained by a group of experts in the discussion paper published today by the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina "The Silent Spring - On the need for sustainable plant protection". The scientists call for more comprehensive approval procedures for pesticides to better control their environmental implications.

  • Policy advisor and international voice – 10 years National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

    Monday, 29. January 2018 - In 2018 the German National Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina commences its tenth year as German National Academy of Sciences. The Leopoldina, founded in 1652, was appointed National Academy on July 14, 2008 by the Joint Science Conference of the German federal and state governments and assumed the position of advisory body on scientific issues for society and policymaking alike. In association with the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, acatech - German National Academy of Science and Engineering and other scientific organizations like the German Research Association, the National Academy indicates the current state of research and adopts positions on fundamental questions of our time. It furthermore represents German sciences and humanities in international forums and advises the government in preparation for the G7- and G20-summit. Key topics are currently digitalization and its societal consequences, the world's food supply, disease control and demographic changes.

  • Leopoldina Annual Assembly focuses on genome editing issues

    Friday, 22. September 2017 - The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina today opened its 2017 Annual Assembly in Halle (Saale), with this year’s theme being “Genome Editing – Challenges for the Future”. The two-day event sees distinguished international scientists come together to address new molecular biological methods that enable targeted genetic interventions. At the heart of the lectures and discussions are the ethical, legal and technological questions surrounding genome editing. Participants will also discuss the use of genome editing techniques in plants and animals and in the context of human therapies.

  • The German Academies of Sciences offer Recommendations for the Reform of Doctoral Practices

    Joint press release
    German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
    acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
    Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

    Monday, 24. July 2017 - Institutional responsibility for the doctorate at universities must be strengthened. This is the recommendation offered in the statement “Doctorate in Transition”, now available in English, by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – National Academy of Sciences and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. The statement analyzes the current situation in Germany in comparison with other countries, offering recommendations for improving doctoral practices.

  • Western Balkans Conference initiates new international institution to support junior scientists

    Joint press release
    National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
    Académie des sciences – Institut de France

    Thursday, 20. July 2017 - Following the recommendation of the “Joint Science Conference”, which was jointly organised by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the French Académie des sciences, the Heads of State and Government decided at the Western Balkans Conference on 12 July in Trieste, Italy, to establish a foundation to support junior scientists at scientific institutions in the Balkans. The Joint Science Conference is one of the pillars of the “Western Balkans Process / Berlin Process”, an initiative of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, aiming to support the integration of the Balkan countries into the European Union.

  • Improving global health: recommendations for G20 Summit handed over to Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Wednesday, 22. March 2017 - At today’s dialogue forum at the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina in Halle (Saale), Germany, the science academies of the G20 states handed over recommendations to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The document is published in preparation of the G20 Summit consultations in July under the leadership of the Leopoldina and contains strategies and tools to improve global health. For the first time, the G20 science academies contribute to the Summit preparations with jointly developed recommendations.

  • Science is International

    Joint Statement of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Rectors' Conference, Leibniz Association, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, German Academic Exchange Service, Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society and the German Council of Science and Humanities

    Friday, 3. February 2017 - The generation of scientific insights is contingent upon discourse that is forthright, unfettered and international. It hinges on the interdisciplinary personal exchange between academic disciplines, nations and cultures. The executive order signed by the President of the United States this past Friday is a sweeping discrimination of human beings based on their ethnicity and consequently also an act of aggression against the fundamental values of science. Hence, German Scientific Organizations are extremely concerned about the President’s executive order. It is not a justified tool to use in the necessary fight against terrorism and will gravely impair the international exchange that is of such critical importance for scientific collaboration.

  • Academies release joint guidelines on good science publishing

    Tuesday, 13. December 2016 - The number of scientific publications and journals is increasing constantly. Researchers have to stay current with ever more new scientific literature in their field and are also under increasing pressure to visibly publish their own findings in competition with their colleagues in the field. At the same time, it is become increasing difficult, particularly for non-scientists, to identify which journals are serious scientific publications. The large number of new online journals also includes “pseudo-journals” where the selection, editing and review of the submitted articles is often not transparent or does not meet scientific standards.France’s Académie des sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the UK’s Royal Society are drawing attention to this situation and have developed joint guidelines for high-quality publications in scientific journals. These were presented to the EU Commissioner for Science and Innovation, Carolos Moedas, in Brussels.

  • Elsevier licence offer contravenes open access and fair pricing for scientific publications

    Joint Press Release of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

    Friday, 2. December 2016 - Following several months of intensive negotiations, academic publisher Elsevier has submitted an initial offer for a nationwide licence for access to scientific publications to the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. In the opinion of the Alliance, this offer does not comply with the principles of open access and fair pricing.

  • Leopoldina honours microbiologist Bärbel Friedrich with its Medal of Merit

    Wednesday, 30. November 2016 - The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is awarding its Medal of Merit to microbiologist Prof. Bärbel Friedrich for her exemplary achievements on behalf of the academy, her commitment to science policy and her contribution to research ethics. The award will be conferred at the traditional Leopoldina Christmas Lecture on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 in Halle (Saale).

  • Leopoldina president Jörg Hacker congratulates Leopoldina member Sir James Fraser Stoddart for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Wednesday, 5. October 2016 - The British chemist Sir James Fraser Stoddart, a member of the Leopoldina, is honoured with the 2016 Nobel Prize for chemistry. Stoddart shares the award with the French chemist Jean-Pierre Sauvage and the Dutch scientist Bernard L. Feringa. All three researchers are commended for the development and synthesis of molecular machines. These are molecules that have controllable movements. The chemical bonds are a thousand times thinner than a human hair and function like artificial muscles and tiny motors.

  • Leopoldina Annual Assembly discusses the competition among different knowledge cultures

    Friday, 23. September 2016 - The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has chosen “The Sciences in Intercultural Dialogue” as the central theme of its 2016 Annual Assembly, which opened in Halle (Saale) today. This year’s two-day event sees renowned researchers address issues surrounding global scientific culture. At the heart of the discussions is the question of how to establish effective intercultural dialogue in science. The opening ceremony included a speech by Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research.

  • Sinologist Lena Henningsen is the 2016 winner of the Leopoldina Early Career Award presented by the Commerzbank Foundation

    Thursday, 1. September 2016 - Dr Lena Henningsen of the Institute of Chinese Studies at Freiburg University and member of the Young Academy has won the Leopoldina Early Career Award 2016, which is worth €30,000 and is funded by the Commerzbank Foundation. The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina chose the sinologist for her outstanding research into present-day Chinese culture as well as her commitment to intercultural dialogue and to promoting a differentiated image of China. Lena Henningsen will be presented with the Early Career Award at the Leopoldina Annual Assembly on Friday 23 September in Halle (Saale).

  • Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany denounces drastic interventions in the academic freedom of Turkish researchers

    Joint Statement of the Alliance of Science Organisations

    Thursday, 28. July 2016 - The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany strongly denounces the drastic interventions in the academic freedom of Turkish researchers which have ensued directly from various measures taken by the Turkish government since the attempted coup in the night of 16 July. These measures not only include the at least temporary restriction of researchers’ movement but also the politically motivated removal of researchers and rectors from their institutions through to the forced resignation of all deans.

  • On the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020

    Joint position statement concerning the interim evaluation of the “Horizon 2020“ EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

    Wednesday, 13. July 2016 - The EU Commission is currently preparing an interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The Alliance wishes to become involved in this process at an early stage. Horizon 2020 was launched in 2014 with the aim of achieving the following political objectives: to consolidate scientific excellence, to tackle Europe’s major societal challenges, and to pro-mote economic growth. The results of the FP7 ex-post-evaluation show that the emphasis was clearly less on achieving thematic objectives than on quantitatively assessing publications, patents and return on in-vestment. The Horizon 2020 interim evaluation should instead focus on the issue of whether and how the programme contributes to implementing the aforementioned objectives.

  • Data treasure trove for sound decision-making – Academies call for more reliable funding of population-based longitudinal studies

    Friday, 3. June 2016 - Pension funding, health care, educational policy, family support – policy decisions in almost all fields are made on the basis of past, current and predicted social developments. Population-based longitudinal studies provide much of the data underlying these decisions. In a joint statement, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities outline ways of achieving the sustainable design, funding and implementation of such population-based longitudinal studies.

  • UN Scientific Advisory Board makes recommendations on food security, climate change and science in the 2030 Agenda

    Joint press release by the German Commission for UNESCO and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

    Thursday, 26. May 2016 - The Scientific Advisory Board set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met in Trieste and produced a set of recommendations for the future of science. The recommendations focus on the role of science in the implementation of the global Agenda for Sustainable Development, the risks associated with climate change, the interaction between nutrition and health, the compatibility of science with traditional and indigenous knowledge, and future science-based policy advice at the UN. The Board, made up of 26 leading scientists from around the world, will shortly present its recommendations to Secretary-General Ban. Prof. Jörg Hacker, President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, represents Germany on the Board as a member appointed ad personam.

  • G-Science Academies call for actions on brain science, disaster resilience, and future scientists

    Wednesday, 20. April 2016 - The G-Science Academies delivered three statements for discussion during the G7 summit at Ise Shima in May 2016 to their respective heads of government. This year’s G-Science Academies Meeting, which was hosted by Science Council of Japan, was convened on the 18th and 19th of February in Tokyo.

  • Science, central to Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development, says UN’s Scientific Advisory Board

    Thursday, 17. December 2015 - On the heels of the recently concluded climate change negotiations in Paris, the United Nations Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board focused on harnessing the full potential of science and knowledge, including social sciences and local and indigenous knowledge, to realize fully the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Academies publish brief statement about health care for asylum seekers

    Thursday, 15. October 2015 - The safeguarding of the health of all the people living in Germany is the ultimate goal of public healthcare – including the people petitioning Germany for humanitarian protection (asylum seekers). The provision of healthcare for asylum seekers presents the German healthcare system with new challenges. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering, and The Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities have responded to this situation by formulating a brief statement which was released today.

  • Leopoldina President Jörg Hacker congratulates the Leopoldina member Satoshi Ōmura on his Nobel Prize

    Monday, 5. October 2015 - The Japanese pharmacologist and chemist Satoshi Ōmura, who is a member of the Leopoldina, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The scientist was honoured jointly with William C. Campbell (USA) for the research on new therapies against infections caused by roundworm parasites. They both shared one half of this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine, the other half going to the Chinese pharmacologist Youyou Tu for her discovery of the anti-malaria drug Artemisinin.

  • Academies and DFG call for the responsible use of new genome editing techniques

    Joint press release
    German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering, Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, German Research Foundation (DFG)

    Tuesday, 29. September 2015 - Effizientere Bakterien und Hefen zur Produktion von Treibstoff und Medikamenten, neue Strategien gegen antibiotikaresistente Keime und innovative Methoden der Pflanzenzüchtung: Neue molekularbiologische Methoden, die gezielte Eingriffe in das Erbgut erlauben, eröffnen vielversprechende Möglichkeiten in Forschung und Anwendung. Gleichzeitig machen die unter dem Begriff genome editing (Veränderung des Genoms) zusammengefassten Methoden einen gesamtgesellschaftlichen Dialog über Chancen und Grenzen ihrer Anwendung notwendig. Darauf weisen die Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina, acatech ─ Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, und die Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften sowie die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in ihrer Stellungnahme zu „Chancen und Grenzen des genome editing“ hin.

  • The Leopoldina Annual Assembly: Symmetry and Asymmetry in Science and Art

    Friday, 18. September 2015 - “Symmetry and Asymmetry in Science and Art” – this topic is the focus of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina´s Annual Assembly that opens today in Halle (Saale). Renowned scientists will delve for two days into the phenomenon of symmetry, which has a wide range of application and great significance beyond the boundaries of science. The Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel delivered a keynote speech at the official opening ceremonies.

  • The Leopoldina Annual Assembly: Symmetry and Asymmetry in Science and Art

    Tuesday, 1. September 2015 - “Symmetry and Asymmetry in Science and Art” – this topic is the focus of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina´s Annual Assembly to which more than 400 participants from all over the world are expected on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of September 2015 in Halle (Saale). Symmetries and asymmetries are encountered by scientists from every discipline; hence does the spectrum of the 14 specialized lectures range from the investigation of symmetries in morality to the symmetries of the cosmos through to the emergence of cancer because of disturbances in the physiological equilibrium during the wound healing process. At the start of the assembly on Friday, awards and medals from the Leopoldina will be conferred. Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Sachsen-Anhalt Minister President Dr Reiner Haseloff are expected to attend the opening ceremonies on Friday noon.

  • Perspectives for the science systems of the Western Balkan countries

    First Joint Science Conference meets at the German National Academy Leopoldina

    Wednesday, 22. July 2015 - Following a consequent path towards the European Union membership is an important prerequisite for the further positive development of the science systems in the Balkan countries. This in one of the results of the first Joint Science Conference Western Balkans, which was held at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle and in Berlin from 15 to 17 July 2015. The conference is part of the Intergovernmental Initiative Western Balkans, which was brought into life by the German Federal Government, with the participation of the Southeast European countries including Croatia and Slovenia, as well as Austria, France, Italy and the EU Commission. The initiative aims at developing strategies for international cooperation in and with the Western Balkans in the areas of politics, economy, science and society. In agreement with the German Federal Government, the Leopoldina has taken over the initiative in the priority area dedicated to science and society.

  • Franco-German statement on the energy transition

    National academies recommend collaborative policies and identify areas for a closer cooperation

    Friday, 10. July 2015 - In preparation of the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), the French and German national academies of science and technology have published a joint statement advocating a stronger partnership between the two countries. This statement points out the fundamental challenges raised for the future - e.g., meeting the world energy demand, restraining energy consumption in developed countries and reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). While France and Germany have taken different courses in handling their electrical energy generation system (which only represents about 25% of their energy consumption), they also have many common issues. The two countries can share knowledge and learn from each other’s successes and difficulties, they can anticipate challenges ahead and identify areas for a closer scientific and technological cooperation. The four academies thus propose several cross-cutting subjects - e.g., energy efficiency, energy grids, mobility, nuclear technologies, renewable energy and energy storage, social and economic aspects - which could benefit from of a closer scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries. They also emphasise the need for a better perception of energy issues and their implications in society at large. Finally, the academies claim for a systemic approach for EU-wide energy policies.

  • Longer, healthier lives: Academies make recommendations for improving health promotion in Germany and addressing global challenges

    Joint press release German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering, Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

    Tuesday, 16. June 2015 - In recent decades, enormous successes have been achieved in the field of public health. Three examples of these are the fight against HIV, the reduction in cardiovascular disease, and protection for non-smokers. For Germany to make even better use of the potential of public health, it needs more political support, improved research structures, and stronger international involvement. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities point this out in a joint statement entitled “Public Health in Germany – Structures, Developments and Global Challenges”, published today.

  • Statements for G7 summit handed to Chancellor Angela Merkel

    German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina calls for action on antibiotic resistance, tropical diseases, and the future of the ocean

    Wednesday, 29. April 2015 - Today the national science academies of the G7 countries handed three statements to their respective heads of government for discussion during the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in early June 2015. The papers on antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and the future of the ocean were drawn up by the seven national academies under the aegis of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

  • Strategic EU investment fund must strengthen Europe’s research and innovation capability on a global scale

    Statement of Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

    Monday, 30. March 2015 - The German science organisations united in the Alliance are following with concern the current debate on the financing conditions of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to be adopted by the EU Council and European Parliament by the end of June 2015.

  • Position statement of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany on the planned amendment to the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG)

    Wednesday, 25. March 2015 - Highly trained and productive junior scientists are a key factor for the success of our science system in the face of international competition. Science and government are required to jointly establish the optimal qualification and working conditions. The Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG) provides a science-appropriate starting point which can provide legal certainty. However, the practical application of the currently valid provisions has, in the past, resulted in too short contract periods for many junior scientists leading to great insecurity with regard to career paths.

  • Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research Starts Work

    Joint press release of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the German Research Foundation (DFG)

    Thursday, 19. March 2015 - The Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research, set up by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, has started work. It was established to aid research institutions in the effective and permanent implementation of the recommendations on "Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility" published in June 2014 by the DFG and the Leopoldina. The aim is to ensure that researchers are sufficiently aware of their responsibilities in dealing with potential conflicts between the freedom to research, which is protected under article 5 of the German Basic Law, and the danger that research findings can be misused for malicious purposes. A discussion paper entitled "Freedom and Responsibility in Research – Do the Opportunities for Success Offered by Research Justify Its Potential Risks?" has now been published.

  • Science needs an open-minded atmosphere

    Statement of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

    Thursday, 19. February 2015 - The current discussion surrounding immigration and asylum is moving society; it is keeping the media busy and challenging politics. Besides the fact that a demographically ageing society also needs immigration, a particular perspective applies for science, as it is and always has been international.

  • Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany: EU Investment Plan Must Not Come at Expense of Research in Europe

    Press release of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

    Monday, 8. December 2014 - To combat the effects of the global economic and financial crisis in Europe, the European Commission has announced a new investment programme. The plan is to enable investments of about 315 billion euros, for example in information, energy and transport infrastructures, with guarantees from the EU budget. The programme is also explicitly framed as an investment in European research.

  • Academies call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic

    Wednesday, 15. October 2014 - The Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and to an unexpected extent. The outbreak does not follow the patterns experienced in the past and the virus shows a new disease dynamic in regions, where it has never been recorded before. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities call for the following consequences to be taken: To combat the Ebola epidemic vaccines and antivirals are urgently needed. To meet this need, the further development of experimental vaccines and medicines for clinical application needs to be accelerated. Even if the pathogen should temporarily disappear again, research must continue as a precautionary measure because another outbreak is highly probable. Such precautionary measures must also include ensuring that sufficient quantities of available vaccines and antivirals are stockpiled in case of a new outbreak. Increasing medical and social science research in this area is also vitally important for future preparedness.

  • President of the Israeli National Academy Ruth Arnon visits the Leopoldina

    Tuesday, 7. October 2014 - The President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Professor Ruth Arnon, will arrive at the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina on Monday 13 October for consultations. She will be received by the Leopoldina President Jörg Hacker. The Israeli National Academy and the Leopoldina concluded a cooperation agreement in the preceding year. The agreement was signed in Jerusalem in December 2013.

  • Jörg Hacker re-elected President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

    Friday, 19. September 2014 - The Senate of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has confirmed Jörg Hacker as the president of the academy. The microbiologist will serve another five-year term in office, beginning 1 March 2015. Jörg Hacker has been at the helm of the Leopoldina since 2010. The election took place on the eve of the Leopoldina´s 2014 Annual Assembly, which begins today in Rostock. Additionally, the Senate agreed to continue the term for one of the four academy vice-presidents and appointed replacements for the positions of secretary for Class III (Life Sciences) and Swiss academy members´ representative.

  • German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina publishes recommendations on handling changes in the life sciences

    Tuesday, 9. September 2014 - Modern high-throughput screening methods for analysing genetic information, proteins and metabolic products offer new ways of obtaining large quantities of data on life processes. These OMICS technologies, as they are known, are fuelling hopes of major advances in medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, the food sciences and related fields. However, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has expressed concerns that Germany is failing to keep abreast of these developments. The Academy Report on Tomorrow’s Science entitled Life sciences in transition sets out six recommendations on how existing deficiencies can be overcome and research and teaching better equipped for the challenges of modern life sciences.

  • Academies call for long-term investments in the education and care of small children

    Joint press release German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech and Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

    Thursday, 3. July 2014 - The experiences we have as small children have a long-term impact on the entire course of our development. High-quality education and upbringing from an early age is thus crucial both for every individual and for society as a whole. In their statement “Socialisation in early childhood ─ Biological, psychological, linguistic, sociological and economic perspectives”, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the National Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities are therefore calling for long-term investments in the high-quality education and care of small children.

  • The DFG and the Leopoldina Present Recommendations on “Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility“

    Joint Press release of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

    Thursday, 26. June 2014 - The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina presented their joint recommendations on "Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility" on 26 June 2014 in Berlin. Attended by representatives from the media, the Professors Jörg Hacker and Peter Strohschneider, Presidents of the Leopoldina and the DFG respectively, presented recommendations for handling security-relevant research, placing the subject against the background of the current political debate. With the publication the research organisations respond to the view that science and the humanities must develop ethical principles and mechanisms with which to deal with the freedom of research and the risks of research. In this they are fulfilling their statutory mandate to advise scientists, policymakers and the public.

  • Taxonomy – the Leopoldina publishes recommendations on researching biodiversity

    Wednesday, 25. June 2014 - Taxonomy, the science of identifying, describing and classifying life forms, is currently experiencing a technological revolution. As a result, the goal of collecting data on the Earth’s entire biological diversity is becoming achievable. At the same time, the importance of taxonomy is growing in many fields, such as medicine, the food industry, and agriculture. With a view to making optimal use of the new opportunities available to taxonomy, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina recommends, in its statement entitled “Challenges and Opportunities of Integrative Taxonomy for Research and Society”, promoting efforts to describe all the species of Central Europe. The statement also calls for investments in taxonomic research and teaching.

  • Policymakers must plan for a Europe with low fertility rates and longer lives

    European science academies’ statement on demographic change in Europe

    Tuesday, 10. June 2014 - Low fertility rates, an ageing population and increased migration within Europe* pose significant challenges for policymakers according to a joint statement published today (10 June) by eight European academies of science. The academies add that Governments and institutions will need to plan for changes in population against a backdrop of climate change and shortages in natural resources. Among its recommendations, the statement suggests that policy should take advantage of lower fertility rates by investing more in each person – in education and work – in order to keep Europe competitive and maintain its wealth.

  • The human rights network “International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies” meets in Halle

    Monday, 19. May 2014 - Representatives from science academies from more than thirty countries will meet at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle in order to confer about current developments in the human rights situation in the field of science. This biennial meeting of the network “International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies” will take place from Monday, 26 May till Wednesday, 28 May. The first day is open to the public. The program will include a keynote address by Sir Richard J. Roberts , the British-American winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

  • IAP Statement on Synthetic Biology

    Press release forwarded on behalf of IAP - the global network of science academies

    Wednesday, 7. May 2014 - IAP - the global network of science academies - today issued a statement on ‘Realising Global Potential in Synthetic Biology: Scientific Opportunities and Good Governance’. In the statement, IAP highlights the different areas in which researchers are currently working with synthetic biology – for example, producing less expensive pharmaceuticals and other high-value chemicals, and next-generation biofuels. In the near future, synthetic biology will likely also find applications in biomedicine, agriculture, land and water decontamination, biosensing, new materials, nano-machines, and even in novel approaches to information processing.

  • Leopoldina Symposium on the Technologies of Energy Storage

    Tuesday, 28. January 2014 - The importance of energy storage has grown with the expansion of renewable energy technologies because the yields from wind energy and photovoltaic installations fluctuate significantly. The supply of electricity is locally often less or more than the demand. These differences can be balanced out by a program for storing electricity. What role efficient and affordable energy storage will assume in the energy transition will be examined by scientists at the symposium entitled “Energiespeicher – der fehlende Baustein der Energiewende?“ (Energy Storage – the Missing Piece of the Energy Transition?), which will take place on Thursday, 6 February at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale).

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Head of Department Press and Public Relations

Phone 0345 - 472 39 - 800
Fax 0345 - 472 39 - 809
E-Mail caroline.wichmann @leopoldina.org

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