Monday, 29. January 2018 - In 2018 the German National Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina commences its tenth year as German National Academy of Sciences. The Leopoldina, founded in 1652, was appointed National Academy on July 14, 2008 by the Joint Science Conference of the German federal and state governments and assumed the position of advisory body on scientific issues for society and policymaking alike. In association with the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, acatech - German National Academy of Science and Engineering and other scientific organizations like the German Research Association, the National Academy indicates the current state of research and adopts positions on fundamental questions of our time. It furthermore represents German sciences and humanities in international forums and advises the government in preparation for the G7- and G20-summit. Key topics are currently digitalization and its societal consequences, the world's food supply, disease control and demographic changes.