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  • Statement of the Leopoldina and the Académie des sciences on the handling of risk situations by scientists

    Monday, 12. November 2012 - In late October, Italian scientists have been sentenced for supposedly not having warned sufficiently against the severe earthquake of L'Aquila 2009. On occasion of this verdict, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the French Académie des sciences publish a statement concerning the handling of risks situations by scientists.

  • World Science Academies Release Report to Promote Research Integrity

    Wednesday, 17. October 2012 - AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, and TRIESTE, Italy — To encourage researchers around the world to adhere to universal science values and ethical behavior, a new report on responsible science has been issued by the InterAcademy Council and the IAP – the global network of science academies. The report is the first product of the IAC and IAP's project on scientific integrity, initiated in response to several major trends reshaping the research enterprise, including the increasingly global and interdisciplinary nature of science, its heightened role in policy debates, and the continued emergence of high-profile cases of irresponsible research behavior in many countries.

  • The academy group releases its study of fertility and social development in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

    Joint press release by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Jacobs Foundation

    Monday, 15. October 2012 - The myths and legends about birth rates and fertility have been confronted with the facts now that the interdisciplinary academy group “A Future with Children – Fertility and Development of Society” has published its findings. As demographics have changed, the question of whether people will decide to have children in the future urgently arises – but scientists do not see the number of children as being of primary importance but rather the quality of life for both children and parents. That is the final conclusion of an informed analysis undertaken by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The Jacobs Foundation made this research project possible through a subsidy of 1.25 million euros. The scientists´ recommendations identify what changes need to be made in our society in order that parents and children will be content with their lot – both today and in the future.

  • The Leopoldina Senate confirms Ursula M. Staudinger as Vice-President and newly elects Sigmar Wittig to the Presidium

    Saturday, 22. September 2012 - On September 21st, in the run-up to the Academy´s Annual Assembly in Berlin, the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences´ Senate confirmed the psychologist Ursula M. Staudinger (Bremen) for a second term of office as Vice-President of the Leopoldina and elected the engineering scientist Professor Sigmar Wittig (Karlsruhe) as the new Secretary of Class I (Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering). He replaces the physicist Professor Herbert Gleiter (Karlsruhe), who did not stand again as a candidate due to commitments resulting from foreign assignments.

  • The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina discusses the critical aspects of global change at its annual assembly in Berlin

    Thursday, 13. September 2012 - Environmental degradation, water shortages, biodiversity loss, famine, mega-cities, epidemics, unstable financial systems – global change is extremely multifaceted. The term incorporates all the profound changes taking place worldwide that influence the total Earth system as well as those that impact each other reciprocally. At its annual assembly, held from September 22 through 24, 2012 in Berlin, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina focuses, then, on global change. In 28 separate talks, scientists from all over the world discuss the inherent challenges of a change that threatens the very basis of life while also suggesting approaches to meeting those challenges.

  • The transition to renewable energy sources: The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina issues a critical statement on the use of bioenergy

    Thursday, 26. July 2012 - In a statement on the chances and limits of using bioenergy, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has come to the conclusion that in quantitative terms, bioenergy plays a minor role in the transition to renewable, sustainable energy sources in Germany at the present time and probably in the future. Bioenergy requires more surface area, is associated with higher greenhouse gas emissions and is more harmful to the environment than other renewable sources such as photovoltaic, solar thermal energy and wind energy. In addition, energy crops potentially compete with food crops. The report recommends finding strategies for saving energy and increasing energy efficiency.

  • German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina signs cooperation agreements with the national academies of sciences of South Korea and India

    Friday, 25. May 2012 - As part of the festivities surrounding the inauguration of its new main building in Halle, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will today sign cooperation agreements with the national academies of sciences of South Korea and India. The aim of the agreements is to create a basis for an ongoing exchange of knowledge. Leopoldina President Jörg Hacker will sign the agreements with Kil-Saeng Chung, President of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and Krishan Lal, President of the Indian National Science Academy.

  • German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina inaugurates its new headquarters in Halle (Saale)

    Friday, 25. May 2012 - The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina inaugurates its new headquarters in Halle today with an opening ceremony and a special colloquium. In his opening speech, held in the presence of numerous politicians, academics and other high profile guests, Leopoldina President Professor Jörg Hacker focused particularly on the Leopoldina’s transformation from being a purely scholarly society into the proactive modern academy it is today. The prestigious new main building is a symbol of this transformation.

  • The German National Academy Leopoldina launches new website

    Monday, 21. May 2012 - The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has just launched its new website, which is tailored to fulfil the Academy’s role of advising national and international policy. The relaunch at www.leopoldina.org offers scientists, journalists, political and social representatives, as well as members of the public interested in science and the Leopoldina, a wealth of new content and functions.

  • Leopoldina gives recommendations to the G8 summit in Camp David

    Thursday, 10. May 2012 - In the run-up to the G8 summit in Camp David, Maryland, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in partnership with the national science academies of the G8 member states and seven other science academies, has equipped the world leaders with a set of recommendations on addressing some of the planet’s most pressing challenges. The partners’ three statements on the topics of water and energy, greenhouse gas reduction and ways of building resilience to natural and technological disasters will today be handed over to the participating governments for them to consult during their negotiations on 18 and 19 May 2012.

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