Friday, 21. September 2018 - 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 today, is therefore set to focus on science-based policy advice over the course of two days. Under the motto ‘Nature – Science – Society’, the Academy will be 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 will be speaking 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 this morning.