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At today’s event to celebrate the change in office in Halle (Saale), microbiologist Jörg Hacker handed the chain of office belonging to the President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina to climate researcher Gerald Haug. Gerald Haug has been elected for a five-year term that will begin on 1 March 2020. Jörg Hacker headed up the Academy for ten years and is retiring at the end of two terms. Minister of State Hendrik Hoppenstedt gave a speech on behalf of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Saxony-Anhalt Minister-President Reiner Haseloff gave a welcoming address at the event to mark the change in office.

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:15:57 +0100
Gerald Haug elected President of the Leopoldina News | Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Gerald Haug is the new president of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He was elected in a secret written vote taken by the Leopoldina Senate. On 1 March 2020 this renowned climatologist will take over the position from Jörg Hacker. The microbiologist Hacker directed the academy since 2010 and is now retiring as scheduled after two terms. Haug (born 1968) will be the XXVII Leopoldina president. He is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz as well as a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich/Switzerland. The handover ceremony will take place on Thursday, 20 February 2020.

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:26:44 +0100
Academies of sciences and DFG call for new genetic engineering legislation News | Wednesday, 4 December 2019

In July 2018, the European Court of Justice ruled that the legal regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) apply to all organisms which have been altered using genome editing methods such as CRISPR-Cas. This makes it difficult to study, develop and cultivate improved crops which are urgently needed for productive, climate-adapted and more sustainable agriculture. The Leopoldina, the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, and the DFG released a public statement to raise awareness of this issue.

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:00:14 +0100
Nobel Prize Laureates discuss the topic of health News | Friday, 8 November 2019

How can we ensure a healthy life and responsible healthcare for all? How will climate change affect our health? Could changes to working conditions reduce inequalities in life expectancy? These are just some of the questions that will be at the heart of the Nobel Prize Dialogue “Towards Health: Equality, Responsibility and Research” on 8 November in Berlin.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:16:45 +0100
“We mourn for the victims of the attack in Halle” News | Thursday, 10 October 2019

The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina was deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of the attack on the synagogue of Halle’s Jewish community and on a nearby kebab shop, in which two people were killed and several others injured. The members and staff of the Leopoldina offer their condolences to the families of the victims, wish a speedy recovery to all of the injured, and express their steadfast support for the Jewish community.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 11:28:41 +0200
Leopoldina calls for climate protection measures News| Friday, 8 November 2019

The only way to achieve the goal of limiting global warming caused by human activity to less than two degrees Celsius is to adhere to national and international agreements such as the Paris Agreement without delay. On 23 July, the Leopoldina outlined immediate measures for protecting the climate in its statement “Climate goals 2030: Towards a sustainable reducton of CO2 emissions”.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:24:47 +0100
Thomas Krieg is Vice President of the Leopoldina News | Tursday, 19 September 2019

In its session on 19 September, the Senate elected physician Prof. Dr. Thomas Krieg (Cologne) as the newest Vice resident of the Leopoldina. The dermatologist succeeds Prof. Dr. Martin Lohse, who has completed his two terms in office. In addition, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Zenner (Tübingen) was elected Secretary of Class III – Medicine – and Prof. Dr. Martin Quack (Zurich/Switzerland) was re-elected to a second term as Presidium Member for the adjunct territory of Switzerland.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:16:21 +0200
Time in Nature and Culture – Annual Assembly 2019 News | Saturday, 21 September 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.

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:07:54 +0200
70 Years of the Basic Law: Ten Principles for Freedom of Science News | Wednesday, 25 September 2019

To mark the 70th anniversary of the German constitution ‒ known as the Basic Law ‒ the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany has drafted a Memorandum which spells out a voluntary commitment in the form of Ten Principles for Freedom of Science. The objective of this memorandum is to draw attention to scientific freedom and strengthen it for coming challenges.

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:40:21 +0200
Science Academies adress G7 countries with statements 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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