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The current situation is highly precarious and threatens to deteriorate further. Despite the partial lockdown, which was introduced at the start of November, infection numbers are still far too high. Several hundred people are dying every day. Hospitals, and in particular medical staff, are already at the limit of their capacities, and the public health departments are overburdened.

Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:55:38 +0100
Virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 and multimorbidity News | Thursday, 19 November 2020

What happens when COVID-19 meets other infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria? Particularly in middle- and low-income countries, this is a relevant question. Nevertheless, multimorbidity, the coexistence of two or more health conditions, is in the field of infectious diseases also a growing challenge for high-income countries. What happens to the human body when it is affected by several infectious diseases? How can scientists advise politics and society on coping with the issue of COVID-19 and multimorbidity?

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 09:07:30 +0100
Recommendations for fair and regulated access to a COVID-19 vaccine News | Monday, 9 November 2020

The first COVID-19 vaccines could be authorised as early as the start of 2021. However, in all likelihood, there will not be sufficient vaccine doses in the beginning for all the people willing to undergo vaccination. This is why prioritisation will be necessary. In the position paper of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO), the German Ethics Council and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina published today, medical-epidemiological aspects of infection prevention are presented alongside ethical, legal and practical considerations. On this basis, the authors develop a framework for action for the initial prioritisation of vaccination measures against COVID-19.

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:24:52 +0100
Clear and standardized corona rules: Leopoldina appeals to federal and state governments News | Thursday, 8 October 2020

Since the end of July, the number of new infections with the coronavirus has been on the rise again in Germany. Because of falling temperatures and group activities being relocated indoors, the pandemic's development is at risk of becoming difficult to control again. In its ad-hoc-statement “Coronavirus pandemic: Establishing effective rules for autumn and winter” the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina points out that to counter this threat in time and maintain public life in the coming months, protective measures must be taken now.

Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:36:23 +0100
Academies call for prompt action to protect and increase biodiversity in the agricultural landscape News | Tuesday, 15 December 2020

The biodiversity in Germany's agricultural landscape has declined considerably in recent years, even in nature reserves. In their joint statement “Biodiversity and Management of Agricultural Landscapes – Wide-ranging action is now crucial”, the German Academies of Sciences make recommendations in eight fields of action. In addition to the statement, the Leopoldina provides a digital dossier that presents the topic in a clear and interactive way.

Tue, 15 Dec 2020 10:17:19 +0100
Alliance: Bonn Declaration marks important step for freedom of scientific research News | Wednesday, 21 October 2020

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany welcomes the “Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research” adopted as a noteworthy and important step taken by the Ministerial Conference on the European Research Area. The Research Ministers of the European Union met in Bonn on the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:29:20 +0200
Leopoldina member Emmanuelle Charpentier receives Nobel Prize in Chemistry News | Wednesday, 7 October 2020

The Berlin-based biochemist and microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier, a Leopoldina member since 2015, is being honored with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Charpentier receives the award for the development of a method for genome editing. She is awarded the Nobel Prize jointly with biochemist and molecular biologist Jennifer Doudna (Berkeley/USA).

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 14:22:58 +0200
Leopoldina member Reinhard Genzel receives Nobel Prize in Physics News| Tuesday, 6 October 2020

The astrophysicist and Leopoldina member Reinhard Genzel is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Genzel receives this distinction together with US-American astronomer Andrea Ghez for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Both scientists are jointly awarded one half of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics. The other half is given to the British mathematician and physicist Roger Penrose for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.

Tue, 06 Oct 2020 15:32:14 +0200
Science Academies submit recommendations to the G20 countries News | Monday, 28 September 2020

In the run-up to the summit of the G20 countries in November 2020 to be held in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), the science academies of these countries have presented their joint statement “Foresight: Science for Navigating Critical Transitions”. The paper was handed over to the Saudi Arabian G20 presidency on Saturday. In their statement, the academies of science emphasize the necessity to consider global challenges in all their complexity and cross-linkage and emphasize the contribution of science to the management of upheavals.

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:08:20 +0200
Virtual conference on the regulation of genome-edited plants in the EU News | Thursday, 24 September 2020

In the debate on the regulation of genome-edited plants in the European Union, the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the German Research Foundation (DFG) call for a differentiated regulatory framework that takes current scientific knowledge into account. On the occasion of Germany's EU Council Presidency this year, the two organizations are hosting an English-language virtual conference from Thursday, 1 October to Friday, 2 October, 2020, intended to provide scientific advice to policy-makers and society.

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:04:02 +0200