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  • 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).

  • The UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board to have its first meeting

    Friday, 24. January 2014 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s new advisory committee consisting of a panel of international experts will hold its first working session next week in Berlin. The Scientific Advisory Board will advise the Secretary-General in matters of science, research and technology. Included among the 26 members from various scientific disciplines is the microbiologist Professor Jörg Hacker, the President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina which has its headquarters in Halle (Saale). The constituent meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board will begin with an inauguration ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on Thursday, 30 January.



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