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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.
Participants at the Annual Assembly speak about topics already addressed by the Leopoldina at an early stage, including antibiotics research, energy systems, the repercussions of digitalisation, demographic change and genome research. Anja Karliczek, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, spoke at the grand opening ceremony on Friday morning:
“Within politics, important decisions often have to be made on behalf of our society. The people involved need a solid foundation upon which they can base such far-reaching decisions. The Leopoldina has been offering well-founded policy advice with a scientific focus for ten years, during which time it has evolved to become a central scientific institution within Germany, ” said Karliczek, offering her congratulations.
“Since the Leopoldina was named as the German National Academy of Sciences ten years ago, we have been aiming to live up to the high expectations that civil society and politics rightly place on dialogue with the world of science," said Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, President of the Leopoldina, during his opening address at the Annual Assembly. "Any statements we make and recommended actions we put forward are always based on the latest research. They are the product of the work of scientists covering a wide range of specialist fields. And they are of relevance when it comes to finding the answers to key questions Germany is set to face in the future of our globalised world.”
As part of the opening ceremony, the Commerzbank Foundation’s Leopoldina Early Career Award was presented to Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu. The engineering scientist links satellite data to information from social networks so as to monitor the development of residential areas.
Nature – Science – Society Programme of the Leopoldina Annual Assembly 2018
Evening lecture Ocean, Cryosphere and Humanity: Valuing Alien Nature (in German language) Leopoldina, Halle, 21 September 2018