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  • Leopoldina Annual Assembly focuses on genome editing issues

    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 two-day 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.

  • Western Balkans Conference initiates new international institution to support junior scientists

    Joint press release
    National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
    Académie des sciences – Institut de France

    Thursday, 20. July 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. The Joint Science Conference is one of the pillars of the “Western Balkans Process / Berlin Process”, an initiative of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, aiming to support the integration of the Balkan countries into the European Union.

  • Improving global health: recommendations for G20 Summit handed over to Chancellor Angela Merkel

    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.

  • Science is International

    Joint Statement of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Rectors' Conference, Leibniz Association, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, German Academic Exchange Service, Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society and the German Council of Science and Humanities

    Friday, 3. February 2017 - 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 signed by the President of the United States this past Friday is a sweeping discrimination of human beings based on their ethnicity and consequently also an act of aggression against the fundamental values of science. Hence, German Scientific Organizations are extremely concerned about the President’s executive order. It is not a justified tool to use in the necessary fight against terrorism and will gravely impair the international exchange that is of such critical importance for scientific collaboration.

  • Academies release joint guidelines on good science publishing

    Tuesday, 13. December 2016 - The number of scientific publications and journals is increasing constantly. Researchers have to stay current with ever more new scientific literature in their field and are also under increasing pressure to visibly publish their own findings in competition with their colleagues in the field. At the same time, it is become increasing difficult, particularly for non-scientists, to identify which journals are serious scientific publications. The large number of new online journals also includes “pseudo-journals” where the selection, editing and review of the submitted articles is often not transparent or does not meet scientific standards.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. These were presented to the EU Commissioner for Science and Innovation, Carolos Moedas, in Brussels.

  • Elsevier licence offer contravenes open access and fair pricing for scientific publications

    Joint Press Release of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

    Friday, 2. December 2016 - Following several months of intensive negotiations, academic publisher Elsevier has submitted an initial offer for a nationwide licence for access to scientific publications to the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. In the opinion of the Alliance, this offer does not comply with the principles of open access and fair pricing.

  • Leopoldina honours microbiologist Bärbel Friedrich with its Medal of Merit

    Wednesday, 30. November 2016 - The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is awarding its Medal of Merit to microbiologist Prof. Bärbel Friedrich for her exemplary achievements on behalf of the academy, her commitment to science policy and her contribution to research ethics. The award will be conferred at the traditional Leopoldina Christmas Lecture on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 in Halle (Saale).

  • Leopoldina president Jörg Hacker congratulates Leopoldina member Sir James Fraser Stoddart for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    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.

  • Leopoldina Annual Assembly discusses the competition among different knowledge cultures

    Friday, 23. September 2016 - The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has chosen “The Sciences in Intercultural Dialogue” as the central theme of its 2016 Annual Assembly, which opened in Halle (Saale) today. This year’s two-day event sees renowned researchers address issues surrounding global scientific culture. At the heart of the discussions is the question of how to establish effective intercultural dialogue in science. The opening ceremony included a speech by Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research.

  • Sinologist Lena Henningsen is the 2016 winner of the Leopoldina Early Career Award presented by the Commerzbank Foundation

    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 in Halle (Saale).



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