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  • 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.



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