News of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina http://www.leopoldina.org/img/neu_logo.gif http://www.leopoldina.org/ Copyright 2012, Leopoldina leopoldina@leopoldina.org (National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina) Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:24:35 +0200 en copyright copyright science LNews of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina http://www.leopoldina.org/fileadmin/templates/gfx/logo.png http://www.leopoldina.org/ Time in Nature and Culture – Annual Assembly 2019 https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/annual-assembly-2019/ News | Monday, 15 July 2019

The Leopoldina is dedicating its Annual Assembly 2019 to the topic of “Time in Nature and Culture”. From 20 to 21 September, scientists will come together in Halle (Saale) to discuss technological developments and societal change. The scientific coordinator of the Annual Assembly 2019 is the mathematician and computer scientist Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, Member of the Leopoldina Presidium.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:24:35 +0200
The new members of Class III received their membership certificates https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/new-members-of-class-ii/ News | Thursday, 11 July 2019

On Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July 2019, the members of Class III – Medicine met for their annual scientific symposium at the Leopoldina in Halle (Saale). After certificates had been presented to the new members, Prof. Dr. Anca-Ligia Grosu (Freiburg) delivered the evening lecture.

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Thu, 11 Jul 2019 17:29:42 +0200
The role of science in the perception and assessment of risks https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/the-mystery-of-risks/ News | Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The international conference “The mystery of risks - How can science help reconcile perception and assessment?” from Thursday, 4th to Saturday, 6th of July in Potsdam will focus on the role of science in perception, assessment and handling of risks in our growingly complex world. This includes the frequent overestimation of certain risks associated for example with terrorism, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence or vaccination but also the prevalent underestimation of risks associated with common causes of destruction, illness and death.

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Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:51:04 +0200
Academies stress need for global action on harmful air pollution https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/statement-air-pollution-and-health/ News | Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The National Academies of Sciences and Medicine from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and the United States of America are calling for a new global compact to improve collaboration on the growing problem of harmful air pollution, 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 on Wednesday, 19 June 2019, in a ceremony at the UN headquarters to senior UN representatives and high-level diplomats.

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Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:33:53 +0200
National Academies hand over science-policy statement on air pollution and health https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/air-pollution-and-health/ News | Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Clean air is as vital to life on earth as clean water. Currently, air pollution is estimated to contribute to several million premature deaths each year across the world. In light of the urgency of this crisis, five National Academies of Sciences and Medicine from South Africa, Brazil, Germany and the U.S. call for action on reducing air pollution. The first outcome of this initiative is a compact science-policy statement, which will be handed over in a ceremony to senior UN representatives and high-level diplomats from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and the United States of America. The event will take place on Wednesday, 19 June, in New York

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 16:09:44 +0200
The new members of Class II received their membership certificates https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/new-members-of-class-ii/ News | Tuesday, 28 May 2019

On Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May 2019, the members of Class II – Life Sciences met for their annual scientific symposium at the Leopoldina in Halle (Saale). After certificates had been presented to the new members, Prof. Dr. May-Britt Moser (Trondheim) delivered the evening lecture.

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Tue, 28 May 2019 12:09:01 +0200
Do we need a Humboldtian esprit in order to understand the world properly? https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/the-power-of-science/ News | Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Alexander von Humboldt’s influence on philosophy and science was enormous. His extensive research trips provided insights into some of the world’s most unknown regions. The expedition in the Russian Empire took him in 1829 from St Petersburg to the Ural and Altai Mountains, to the border with China, to Central Asia, to the Caspian Sea and along the river Volga. His journey will be discussed by the festive symposium “The Power of Science in Times of Change”. The event takes place on Thursday, May 14, 2019, in Berlin.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:15:47 +0200
Science Academies adress G7 countries with statements https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/g7-statements-2019/ News | Monday, 6 May 2019

In preparation for the 45th G7 Summit, to be held in Biarritz from 24 to 26 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“.

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Mon, 06 May 2019 14:45:18 +0200
The new members of Class I received their membership certificates https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/the-new-members-of-class-i/ News | Friday, 22 March 2019

On Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March, the members of Class I – Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering met for their annual scientific symposium at the Leopoldina in Halle (Saale). After certificates had been presented to the new members, Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald (Karlsruhe) delivered the evening lecture.

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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:31:08 +0100
G7 agenda – science academies target priority issues https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/g7-event-in-paris/ News | Tuesday, 26 March 2019

From 24 to 26 March 2019, the French Académie des Sciences was hosting representatives of the G7 science academies in Paris ahead of the G7 summit, to be held in Biarritz (France) from 25 to 27 August 2019.

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Wed, 27 Mar 2019 09:28:18 +0100
Forum Future Europe: New Measures for the Future of the EU https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/forum-future-europe/ News | Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Scientists from the new EU Member States (EU13) agreed at the “Forum Future Europe” in Berlin to redefine the contribution of education, research and innovation to the advancement of Europe. The meeting took place at the invitation of the Leibniz Association and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:42:35 +0100
Protecting the oceans: recommendations for the G20 summit https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/science20-japan/ News | 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.

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Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:21:36 +0100
How can we deal with migration today? https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/symposium-migration/ News | Wednesday, 23 January 2019

How can we deal with migration to Germany today? What responsibilities should we assign to our state and society regarding migrants not protected under the refugee convention? This topic will be discussed by a joint Symposium of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW). The Symposium takes place on Thursday, January 31, 2019, in Berlin.

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:18:05 +0100
A hub for dialogue between the scientific community and society – 10 Years National Academy of Sciences https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/newsletter-special-edition/ News | Monday, 24 September 2018

Since being named German National Academy of Sciences ten years ago, the Leopoldina has evolved into a hub for dialogue between the scientific community and society as a whole. This special edition of the newsletter gives an insight into the diverse range of topics that the Leopoldina has dedicated itself to and will continue to work on – topics with a strong scientific grounding and far-reaching consequences for society as a whole.

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Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:44:08 +0200
Nature – Science – Society. Annual Assembly 2018 https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/annual-assembly-2018-opened/ News | Saturday, 22 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 yesterday, is therefore set to focus on science-based policy advice over the course of two days. Under the motto 'Nature – Science – Society', the Academy is 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.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:32:45 +0200
Data Science versus Motion Intelligence https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/robotics-paris/ News | Wednesday, 05 September 2018

There are today computers able to compete with humans in games like chess and Go or to recognize a person in the image of a crowd. There is no machine able to perform simple tasks of everyday life like opening a bottle of wine. A joint symposium of the French Académie des Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina aims at exploring how recent trends in AI may reinforce the historical links between Robotics and AI.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 10:14:44 +0200
Ten years of science based policy advice https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/ten-years-of-science-based-policy-advice/ News | Wednesday, 11 July 2018

On 14 July 2008 the Leopoldina was designated as the German National Academy of Sciences by the Joint Science Conference of the German federal and state governments. Since then it has worked together with the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering in addressing the key challenges facing society. As a national academy it represents German science at the international level.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:54:33 +0200
Alliance of Science Organisations welcomes European Open Science Cloud https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/communicator-preis-fuer-antje-boetius/ News | Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Alliance of Science Organisations generally welcomes the Commission's initiative and sees potential positive effects of an EOSC. For example, it can promote knowledge-based processes and stimulate innovation, improve the security and processing of research data as well as facilitate interdisciplinary and international scientific collaboration.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:50:32 +0200
Leopoldina-Expert-Group calls for stricter approval procedures for plant protection products https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/discussion-paper-plant-protection/ News | 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 a discussion paper published today.

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Wed, 23 May 2018 10:40:24 +0200
Science Academies adress G7 countries with statements https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/publication-g7-statements-2018/ News | Thursday, 17 Mai 2018

The global Arctic is being profoundly transformed by climate change, with implications on terrestrial and marine ecosystems, affecting those who live on and from them. At the same time, the promises and challenges of the digital revolution continue to expand and change, making the precise character of our digital future profoundly uncertain.

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Thu, 17 May 2018 11:12:14 +0200
Alliance of Science Organisations welcomes European Open Science Cloud https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/allianz-open-science-cloud/ News | Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Alliance of Science Organisations generally welcomes the Commission's initiative and sees potential positive effects of an EOSC. For example, it can promote knowledge-based processes and stimulate innovation, improve the security and processing of research data as well as facilitate interdisciplinary and international scientific collaboration.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:36:46 +0200
Alliance sees open access to digital sequence information at risks https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/alliance-on-digital-sequences/ News | Friday, 9 Februar 2018

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany strongly cautions against expanding the scope of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol to include digital sequence information. Such an expansion would have far-reaching negative consequences. The Alliance published a statement about this issue.

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:37:45 +0100
10 Years National Academy of Sciences https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/10-years-naos/ News | Monday, 29 January 2018

In 2018, the Leopoldina is in its tenth year of being German National Academy of Sciences. Ten years ago, the academy took over the task as scientific advisor of politics and society. Together with other Science Academies, it displays the state of research and addresses fundamental questions of our time. As National Academy, the Leopoldina represents the German science in international relations.

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Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:31:28 +0100
Leopoldina-Newsletter: Ramification of mines, career paths of young African scientists and 10 years National Academy https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-news-12018/ News | Thursday, 8 February 2018

The annual event of the Friends of the Leopoldina Academy, South Africa and Germany pooling their expertise on ramifications of mining, and the Global Young researching on interdisciplinary cooperation and structural freedom: These are three topics of the new Leopoldina Newsletter. The online publication informs the members of the Leopoldina as well as the public about the work of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:13:26 +0100
Statement on good practice in evaluation of research https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/evaluation-of-research/ News | Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The large increase in the size of the international scientific community, coupled with the desire to ensure the appropriate and efficient use of the substantial funding devoted to supporting scientific research, have understandably led to an increased emphasis on accountability and on the evaluation of both researchers, research activities and research projects. On this topic, the Leopoldina, the British Royal Society and the French Académie des sciences published a statement.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Human rights and the Arctic https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/human-rights-and-the-arctic/ News | Monday, 25 September 2017

The rights of the indigenous peoples, preconditions of scientific research in the Arctic, and the human rights perspectives in research and utilization of natural resources – these are the topics of the symposium “Human Rights and the Arctic” which deals with the human rights dimension in the Arctic studies. The symposium is held on September 29 in Helsinki, Finland.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Leopoldina Annual Assembly focuses on genome editing issues https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/annual-assembly-2017/ News | 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 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Western Balkans Conference initiates new international institution to support junior scientists https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/western-balkans-conference/ News | Thursday, 20 Juli 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
How do we want to live tomorrow? Scientists publish report about water supply in urban regions https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/how-do-we-want-to-live-tomorrow-scientists-publish-report-about-water-supply-in-urban-regions/ News | Wednesday, 28 June 2017

More than half of humanity already lives in cities and urban areas. The sustainable use of water resources in urban regions is essential in order to ensure a livable environment for future generations. That is the conclusion of 26 young Brasilian and German scientists, who identified future-oriented research topics concerning urban water management. These topics are addressed in the report “How Do We Want to Live Tomorrow? Perspectives on Water Management in Urban Regions”, which was published today.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
European Academies in World War I https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/academies-in-world-war-i/ News | Tuesday, 6 June 2017

During 1914 and 1925, the academies played multiple roles, ranging from the resistance against German occupants to the development of technologies for military and medical use. How did they influence the mobilization for war? In which scientific or technical domains were they particularly active? These and further questions are discussed on an international symposium on 8 and 9 June in Metz (France), held under the auspices of the Académie des sciences.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Science Academies hand over statements to governments in preparation of G7 summit https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/g7-statements-2017/ News | Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The science academies of the G7 states, among them the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, handed over three joint statements to the Italian government today in Rome. The documents were developed at this year’s conference of the academies in March and presented today at the Accademie dei Lincei (National Academey of Sciences Italy) in preparation of the G7 Summit in Italy in May 2017.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Academies discuss Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/iap-food-and-nutrition/ News | Wednesday, 05 April 2017

How do we ensure that all people, everywhere, have access to an adequate diet that fulfils all their nutrition requirements? How do we, at the same time, promote sustainable agriculture and minimise impacts on the environment? To answer these questions, IAP, the InterAcademy Partnership, has initiated a major project on ‘Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture’. Experts from more than 20 countries met at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina this week to discuss their findings.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Genome editing in human cells https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/discussion-genomchirurgie/ News | Wednesday, 29 March 2017

New techniques in molecular biology that enable targeted interventions in the genome are opening up promising new possibilities for research and application. The ethical and legal ramifications of these methods, known as “genome editing” and ”genome surgery”, need to be discussed throughout society, particularly with regard to research on human cells. To foster discussion on these issues in Germany, a group of experts from the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has written a Discussion Paper entitled “Ethical and legal assessment of genome editing in research on human cells”, which is published today.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Improving Global Health: Statement for the G20 Summit handed over to Angela Merkel https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/science20-statement/ News | 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Global Health: G20-Science Academies hand over recommendations to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/science20-dialogforum/ News | Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases continue to burden all nations and require urgent action. In preparation of the G20 Summit 2017 in Hamburg, the science academies of the G20 countries developed recommendations to improve global health. At the publicly held Science20 dialogue hosted on March 22 at the National Academy of Science Leopoldina in Halle (Saale), Germany, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will receive the recommendations.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Science is international https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/science-is-international/ News | Friday, 03 February 2017

German Scientific Organizations are extremely concerned about the executive order signed by the President of the United States this past Friday. 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 is a sweeping discrimination of human beings based on their ethnicity and consequently also an act of aggression against the fundamental values of science.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Academies release guidelines on good science publishing https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/guidelines-on-good-science-publishing/ News | Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The number of scientific publications is increasing constantly. Researchers have to stay current with ever more new scientific literature and have to visibly publish their own findings. At the same time, it is become increasing difficult, particularly for non-scientists, to identify which journals are serious scientific publications. 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Leopoldina president Jörg Hacker congratulates Sir James Fraser Stoddart for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/nobel-prize-2016/ News | 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
UN Scientific Advisory Board calls for a greater place for science in international decision-making https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/unsab-report-handover/ News | Monday, 19 September 2016

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Sinologist Lena Henningsen is the 2016 winner of the Early Career Award https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/early-career-award-2016/ News | 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany denounces drastic interventions in the academic freedom of Turkish researchers https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/alliance-statement-turkey/ News | 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany publishes position statement on the “Horizon 2020“ EU Framework Programme https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/statement-on-horizon-2020/ News | Thursday, 14 July 2016

The EU Commission is currently preparing an interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany has published a position statement on this topic. The Alliance wishes to become involved in this process at an early stage.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Future development of science systems in the Western Balkans https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/western-balcans-process-2016/ Nachricht | Freitag, 20. Mai 2016

From this Sunday, scientists will come together at a conference held as part of the Western Balkans Process. The second edition of the “Joint Science Conference on the Western Balkans Process”, organised by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, will run until Wednesday, 25 May.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
G-Science Academies call for actions on brain science, disaster resilience, and future scientists https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/g-science-statements-2016/ News | 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Science, central to Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development, says UN’s Scientific Advisory Board https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/meeting-unsab/ News | 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Academies publish brief statement about health care for asylum seekers https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/health-care-for-asylum-seekers/ News | 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Leopoldina President Jörg Hacker congratulates the Leopoldina member Satoshi Ōmura on his Nobel Prize https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/satoshi-omura-honoured-by-nobel-prize-in-medicine/ News | Monday, 05 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
Academies and DFG call for the responsible use of new genome editing techniques https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/statement-genome-editing/ News | Tuesday, 29 September 2015

New molecular biology techniques that permit targeted genetic modification are giving rise to many promising new opportunities in research and application. At the same time, there must be dialogue with society as a whole on the opportunities and limits of these genome editing techniques. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering, the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, and the German Research Foundation (DFG) point this out in a joint statement entitled “The Opportunities and Limits of Genome Editing”.

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Leopoldina Annual Assembly 2015 https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/annual-assembly-2015-opened/ News | 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.

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German and French national academies recommend collaborative energy policies https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/franco-german-joint-statement/ News | 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).

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Unrealized Innovation Potential of Quantum Technologies https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/perspectives-of-quantum-technologies/ News | Monday, 22 June 2015

Quantum technology is a relatively young field of research and development that has great innovation potential. Prospective applications include, for example, quantum computers, cryptography or high-precision GPS (Global Positioning System). If the scientifically and economically promising prospects for this area of research are to be realized, it must be more robustly interlinked with basic research, development and utilization approaches.

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Longer, healthier lives https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/public-health-in-germany/ News | 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.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0100
National Academy Leopoldina welcomes the science-related outcomes at the G7 summit https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-welcomes-outcomes-at-the-g7-summit/ News | Monday, 8 June 2015

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is gratified that the G7 Heads of Government and the EU Representatives turned their focus to health and the environmental issues at their summit in Schloss Elmau and that the topics of antibiotic resistances and neglected tropical diseases have been comprehensively incorporated into the final declaration. In the run-up to the summit, the Leopoldina in cooperation with the other science academies of the G7 member states drafted three joint recommendations that were subsequently delivered to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of April. The recommendations included greater international involvement in the fight against tropical diseases like ebola as well as a call to action against the growing threat that infectious diseases and antibiotic resistant pathogens represent to the global population. A third statement was devoted to the protection of the oceans.

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G7 - Leopoldina calls for action on antibiotic resistance, tropical diseases, and the future of the ocean https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/statements-for-g7-summit-handed-to-chancellor-angela-merkel/ News | Wednesday, 3 June 2015

On 29 April, 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.

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Academies take a position on genetically modified crops https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/green-genetic-engineering/ News | Thursday, 26 March 2015

Novel methods of plant cultivation based on molecular genetic techniques make it possible to modify the genome of crop plants to suit specific conditions and demands. The resulting varieties can no longer be distinguished from conventionally cultivated plants. The fact that varieties resulting from novel molecular genetic techniques should, simply by virtue of the process being employed, nevertheless be covered by the German Gene Technology Act has the consequence that the current regulation encompassing such matters lacks consistency. 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 responded to this situation by publishing a statement with recommendations for dealing with methods of molecular breeding.

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Antibiotic resistance, tropical diseases, and the future of the oceans https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/g7-topics/ News | Tuesday, 24 February 2015

What antibiotics will be able to effectively treat infectious diseases in the future? How can we better combat diseases that predominantly afflict people in the world’s poorest regions? What measures could provide sustainable solutions for the use and protection of our oceans? These are the questions scienctists have addressed during a meeting at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale). Under the leadership of the Leopoldina, they are preparing statements that will be sent to the heads of government in the run-up to the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in June 2015 by the science academies of the G7 countries.

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Science needs an open-minded atmosphere https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/science-needs-an-open-minded-atmosphere/ News | Thursday, 19 February 2015

The current debate on immigration and asylum in Germany is agitating society, saturating the media, and demanding a response from politicians. Aside from the fact that immigration is necessary for countries faced with an aging population, the issue has a particular resonance for science as it is, and always has been, an international field. The Alliance of Science Organisations is therefore calling for a concerted effort to ensure Germany remains an open, tolerant and international centre for research.

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EU Investment Plan Must Not Come at Expense of Research in Europe https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/alliance-on-eu-investment-plan/ News | 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.

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Academies call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/academies-call-for-consequences-from-the-ebola-virus-epidemic/ News | 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 therefore have published a statement on the Ebola virus epidemic today.

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Leopoldina Member Stefan W. Hell awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/nobel-prize-2014/ News | Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Leopoldina member Stefan W. Hell will be awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He will be awarded the prize along with the American scientists Eric Betzig (Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia) and William Moerner (Stanford University) for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Hell is being commended for his discovery of the first microscopic method with which it is possible to use focused light to attain resolutions far below the wavelength of light.

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Jörg Hacker re-elected President of the National Academy of Sciences https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/elections-and-annual-assembly-2014/ News | 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.

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Science in a European dialogue https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/4th-german-russian-young-researchers-forum/ News | Saturday, 5 July 2014

Over 40 outstanding young scientists will come together from 6th to 10th July 2014 in St Petersburg, aiming to reflect on the current developments in the national science systems, the position of young researchers and the possibilities for international cooperation in a comparative European perspective.

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The DFG and the Leopoldina Present Recommendations on “Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility” https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/recommendations-dual-use/ News | Thursday, 26 June 2014

The DFG and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina presented their joint recommendations on “Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility“ on 26 June 2014 in Berlin. The publication is the response of the research organisations to the view that science and the humanities must develop ethical principles and mechanisms with which to deal with the freedom to research and the risks of research. In this they are fulfilling their statutory mandate to advise scientists, policymakers and the public.

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Policymakers must plan for a Europe with low fertility rates and longer lives https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/joint-statement/ News | Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Low fertility rates, an ageing population and increased migration within the European Union pose significant challenges for policymakers according to a joint statement published today 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.

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Do science and politics mix? https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/lecture-do-science-and-politics-mix/ News | Friday, 16 May 2014

Politicians in the United Kingdom, and elsewhere often claim that their policies are ‘evidence based’. Prof. Lord John Krebs will draw in a Leopoldina-Lecture on his experience as an academic scientist who has worked within the UK government to illustrate the complexity of the relationship between scientific evidence and policy. The Lecture on Wednesday, 21 May, begins at 6pm in the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Jägerberg 1, Halle (Saale).

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IAP Statement on Synthetic Biology https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/iap-statement-synthetic-biology/ News| Monday, 12 May 2014

IAP - the global network of science academies - 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.

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German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation opened https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/opening-of-the-turkish-german-year-of-science/ News | Tursday, 6 February 2014

"Science Bridging Nations" is the motto of the German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation, which was opened on Thursday, 23 January 2014, in Berlin. The International Years of Science are annually initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Leopoldina as the German National Academy of Sciences actively accompanies the German federal government’s foreign science policy initiatives. This also includes the participation in the bilateral years for the promotion of science.

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The UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board to have its first meeting https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/inaugural-meeting-of-the-un-scientific-advisory-board/ News| 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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Leopoldina signs cooperation agreement with Israeli National Academy https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/mou-israel/ News | Thursday, 5 December 2013

The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities will work together even more closely in the future. Professor Ruth Arnon, president of the Israeli National Academy, and Leopoldina president Professor Jörg Hacker signed the pertinent cooperation agreement on 1 December in Jerusalem. The agreement serves to supplement and strengthen an already existing relationship.

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Jörg Hacker appointed to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/joerg-hacker-appointed-to-the-united-nations-scientific-advisory-board/ News | Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The microbiologist Professor Jörg Hacker has been appointed to the new United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board was set up by the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon. The 26 members are to serve as a source for advice on science, research and technology. The issues of the sustainability of our society´s development and the eradication of poverty play a central role in the consultations. The appointees include scientists from a broad range of scientific fields. UNESCO will host the Secretariat for the board.

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Leopoldina Annual Assembly to discuss the shaping of the individual https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-annual-assembly-to-discuss-the-shaping-of-the-individual/ News | Monday, 16 September 2013

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will focus on the theme “Geist – Gehirn – Genom – Gesellschaft (“Mind, brain, genome and society”) at its 2013 Annual Assembly, which will take place from 20 to 22 September and welcome over 400 guests from around the world to Halle (Saale). The event will focus on the key questions: How do we become the person we are? How does the interplay of our mind, brain, genes and society shape our individual personalities? Researchers from a range of disciplines will present answers to these questions in around 20 lectures during the event. The patron of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Federal President Joachim Gauck, will speak at the official opening ceremony on the Friday afternoon.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/thinking-fast-and-slow/ News │ Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman, born 1934 in Tel Aviv, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002. On Friday, 20 September, at 8 PM, he will give the evening lecture in the context of the Leopoldina Annual Assembly 2013 in Halle (Saale). He will be speaking about his book „Thinking, Fast and Slow“, identifying two modes of thought that influence human decision-making. System 1 can be identified with associative memory, and System 2 with the function of executive control.

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Leopoldina signs cooperation agreement with the Academy of Science of South Africa https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-signs-cooperation-agreement-with-the-academy-of-science-of-south-africa/ News │ Wednesday, 6 August 2013

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Academy of Science of South Africa are set to collaborate even more in the future, thanks to a cooperation agreement signed in Pretoria by Leopoldina President Professor Jörg Hacker and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, Professor Daya Reddy.

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The Leopoldina marks five years as German National Academy of Sciences https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/the-leopoldina-marks-five-years-as-german-national-academy-of-sciences/ News │ Sunday, 14 July 2013

14 July marks five years since the Leopoldina's appointment as the German National Academy of Sciences. Since then, the Leopoldina has established itself as a respected source of science-based policy advice at both the national and international level by publishing recommendations and statements. Looking back at the past five years, Leopoldina President Jörg Hacker said: “We have achieved recognition, particularly as a result of our key topics and statements. The Leopoldina has found its place within the scientific system and is constantly expanding its network of contacts.”

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Academies urge new measures against drug-resistant bacteria https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/academies-urge-new-measures-against-drug-resistant-bacteria/ News | Monday, 17 June 2013

Fewer and fewer antibiotics are available for an increasing number of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to treat infected patients successfully. The Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina addressed this issue in their joint statement, “Antibiotics Research: Problems and Perspectives” in January 2013. The paper is now available in English, just in time when the topic is on the agenda of the G8 summit. The academies list eight recommendations that show ways to prevent the further spread of antibiotic resistance and to develop urgently needed antibiotics.

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Meeting of the G8 Science Ministers and National Science Academies https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/meeting-of-the-g8-science-ministers-and-national-science-academies/ News | Friday, 14 June 2013

On Wednesday 12 June 2013, a meeting between the presidents of the G8 national academies and the science ministers took place at the Royal Society for the purpose of discussing those global challenges that demand a scientific response. One topic of particular interest was the problem of antibiotic resistant pathogens. On 29 May 2013 the academies of sciences had already released a statement addressing that subject.

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The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina makes recommendations for the G8 summit in Lough Erne https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/the-german-national-academy-of-sciences-leopoldina-makes-recommendations-for-the-g8-summit-in-lough-erne/ News | Wednesday, 29 May 2013

In the run up to the G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in partnership with the national science academies of the G8 member states and five other science academies, is calling on the heads of state and government of the eight leading industrialised nations to focus their attention on two topics in the immediate future: drug-resistant infectious agents and sustainable development. The academies’ statements will be handed to the participating governments before the summit on 17 and 18 June so that their recommendations can be incorporated into the negotiations.

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German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announces funding for the Global Young Academy https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/german-federal-ministry-of-education-and-research-announces-funding-for-the-global-young-academy/ News| Friday, 17. May 2013

German State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Ms Quennet-Thielen announced funding of the Global Young Academy (GYA) initially for three years. The announcement was made at the Third International Conference of Young Scientists and General Assembly of the GYA hosted by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in Halle, Germany. The support, which involves a partnership with the Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), allows the GYA to expand its activities supporting young researchers.

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Leopoldina strengthens cooperation with French national academy https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-strengthens-cooperation-with-french-national-academy/ News| Monday, 15. April 2013

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the French Académie des sciences are set to collaborate even more closely in future. Today in Paris, Leopoldina President, Prof. Jörg Hacker, and the President of the French national academy, Prof. Phillipe Taquet, signed a cooperation agreement consolidating the already close ties between the two institutions.

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Former Leopoldina President Volker ter Meulen elected co-chair of the InterAcademy Panel https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/former-leopoldina-president-volker-ter-meulen-elected-co-chair-of-the-iap/ News | Wednesday, 27. February 2013

The InterAcademy Panel (IAP) has elected Professor Volker ter Meulen as one of its two co-chairs at its General Assembly in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The former Leopoldina President and the second elected co-chair Professor Mohamed H.A. Hassan, former president of the African Academy of Sciences, will lead IAP, an association of over 100 scientific academies from all over the world, for the next three years.

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Academies recommend new measures in antibiotic research https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/statement-on-antibiotic-research/ News | Tuesday, 29. January 2013

A growing number of infections worldwide are caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics – and ever fewer effective antibiotics are available. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to treat infected patients successfully. The Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have published the statement “Antibiotic Research: Problems and Perspectives”, listing recommendations that show ways to prevent the further spread of antibiotic resistance and to develop urgently needed antibiotics.

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Leopoldina’s Human Rights Committee helps Syrian doctors and paramedics https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldinas-human-rights-committee-helps-syrian-doctors-and-paramedics/ News | Monday, 12. November 2012

Violence is escalating in Syria, and it is also targeted at doctors and other people caring for the wounded. The Human Rights Committee (HRC) of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is helping doctors and medical staff in the country as well as calling for basic human rights to be upheld. In cooperation with a large number of university hospitals in Germany, the HRC is organising medical assistance for seriously wounded Syrian medical personnel. Doctors at University Hospital Tübingen recently began treating a Syrian paramedic who lost a hand and received other serious injuries while attempting to deliver medical supplies to the civilian population in the town of Ranqus.

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On the science-based communication of risks following the recent sentencing of Italian scientists https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/communication-of-risks/ News │ Monday, 12. November 2012

On 22 October 2012, a court in L’Aquila sentenced seven members of the Italian National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks to prison terms of several years. The verdict has sparked a worldwide discussion on the legal aspects of the accountability of scientists who advise government institutions. Scientists must participate in this discussion actively and as objectively as possible. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the French Académie des sciences therefore expressly support the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Italian National Academy of Sciences, in its endeavours to set up an independent expert commission of geologists and legal experts. The role of this commission will be to examine the scientific and legal aspects of the L’Aquila verdict.

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Future with Children – demographic experts’ results now online https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/future-with-children-demographic-experts-results-now-online/ News │ Thursday, 1. November 2012

Now that the interdisciplinary academy working group “Future with Children – Fertility and Social Development” has published its findings, many of the myths surrounding the issue of birth rates and fertility have been replaced with facts. In these times of demographic change, the question of whether people decide to have children is more pressing than ever. But the number of children born is not the primary concern; scientists regard the quality of life enjoyed by children and parents as more important. In a nutshell, that is the result of an analysis of the available data jointly carried out by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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World Science Academies Release Report to Promote Research Integrity https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/world-science-academies-release-report-to-promote-research-integrity/ News │ Wednesday, 17 October 2012

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.

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The role of science in global change - Leopoldina’s annual assembly in Berlin https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/the-role-of-science-in-global-change-leopoldinas-annual-assembly-2012-in-berlin/ News │ Monday, 24 September 2012

What role can and should science play in the process of global change? The Leopoldina’s annual assembly, held from 22 to 24 September at Langenbeck Virchow House in Berlin, included 28 talks dedicated to answering this question. Due to the financial crisis, climate change and population growth, the world we live in is changing fast, with dramatic consequences for nature and humankind. “But where there is danger, a rescuing element grows as well”, said Leopoldina President Prof. Jörg Hacker ML in his concluding speech, quoting German poet Friedrich Hölderlin. With these words he emphasised that science can provide solutions to cope with the changes and challenges ahead.

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“Diving into Science” – the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Leopoldina launch a new seminar programme for journalists https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/diving-into-science-the-robert-bosch-stiftung-and-leopoldina-launch-a-new-seminar-programme-for-journalists/ News │ Wednesday, 8. August 2012

Personalised medicine and genetic engineering are big topics in the news these days. But what does “personalised medicine” actually mean, and what are the opportunities and limits of genetic engineering? It is not only people who read news articles who are asking themselves these questions; the journalists who produce them are too. In order to equip readers and journalists with the information they need, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Germany National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have set up a seminar programme for journalists called “Diving into Science”. Journalists attending the seminars receive insight into current research topics and learn about how scientists work.

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Leopoldina issues a critical statement on the use of bioenergy https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-critical-towards-use-of-bioenergy/ News │ 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.

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World’s science academies call for coordinated action on population and consumption at Rio+20 https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/worlds-science-academies-call-for-coordinated-action-on-population-and-consumption-at-rio-20/ News │ Thursday, 14. June 2012

The world’s 105 science academies are today (Thursday 14 June 2012) highlighting the global challenges of population and consumption and calling upon world leaders to take decisive action.

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German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina inaugurates its new headquarters in Halle (Saale) https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/german-national-academy-of-sciences-leopoldina-inaugurates-its-new-headquarters-in-halle-saale/ News │ 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.

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Leopoldina gives recommendations to the G8 summit in Camp David https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-gives-recommendations-to-the-g8-summit-in-camp-david/ News │ 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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An important signal to strengthen science and research https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/an-important-signal-to-strengthen-science-and-research/ News │ Wednesday, 2. May 2012

The German science organisations have welcomed the draft Academic Freedom Act adopted today by the Federal Cabinet as an important signal for the competitiveness of science and research. The draft strengthens science and research and the institutions promoting it, and assures them greater freedom in central areas such as budgets, personnel, corporate shareholding and construction projects. The science organisations consider these important prerequisites in order to remain nationally and internationally successful.

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Leopoldina to host conventions of the multinational associations of science academies, IAP and IAC https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-to-host-conventions-of-the-multinational-associations-of-science-academies-iap-and-iac/ News │ Friday, 23. March 2012

From 26 to 28 March, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale) will host meetings of the two associations of national science academies, the InterAcademy Council (IAC) and the InterAcademy Panel (IAP). The executive committees of the two organisations, which include representatives of the science academies of the UK, Australia, France, China, Chile and the US, will meet in the Leopoldina’s new main building to discuss current and future projects. The Leopoldina is a member of both associations.

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EASAC celebrates its ten-year anniversary https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/the-european-academies-science-advisory-council-celebrates-its-ten-year-anniversary-in-brussels-and-presents-a-new-statement-on-solar-power/ News │ Monday, 7 November 2011

The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which brings together the national science academies of the EU Member States, has marked its 10th anniversary. The celebrations were hold at the Palais des Académies in Brussels. Official speeches were given by Professor Annette Schavan, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Lord May of Oxford, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the British Government and former President of the Royal Society.

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Leopoldina Biennial Assembly 2011 https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-biennial-assembly-2011/ News │ Friday, 23 September 2011

“What is life?” – the Leopoldina’s Biennial Assembly, which took place September 23-25 in the Kongress- und Kulturzentrum in Halle, put this question at the heart of its academic discussions. The topics covered a wide range of issues and discussed the various perspectives adopted by the natural sciences, life sciences and humanities.

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Leopoldina honoured scientists with awards and medals https://www.leopoldina.org/en/press-1/news/leopoldina-honoured-scientists-with-awards-and-medals/ News │ Friday, 23 September 2011

In the context of the Annual Assembly the National Academy Leopoldina honoured eleven excellent scientists with awards and medals for their outstanding achievements on September 23, 2011: Bert Hölldobler (Würzburg), Anna M. Wobus and Ulrich Wobus (Gatersleben), Moritz Kerz (Duisburg-Essen), Liqiu Meng (Munich), Tom A. Rapoport (Boston), Regine Kahmann (Marburg), Eberhard Hofmann (Halle), Ronald Wolf (Munich), Marc Remke (Heidelberg), Viola Balz (Berlin).

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