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  • Leopoldina Annual Assembly to discuss issues spanning ten years of science-based policy advice

    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.

  • Statement of the Alliance of Science Organisations on the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon Europe (FP9)

    Thursday, 28. June 2018 - The relationship between science and society is undergoing significant change. Increasingly, publicly funded researchers are expected to explain their results more clearly, to do more to highlight the societal relevance and impact of their research, to include citizens and social groups in their knowledge-building processes, and to make their publications freely accessible to all. The next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation aims to reflect this change by adopting Open Science as a universal principle. EU funding measures under the Missions and Innovation areas also aim to focus even more strongly on their immediate benefits.

  • Leopoldina-Expert-Group calls for stricter approval procedures for plant protection products

    Wednesday, 23. May 2018 - A number of chemical plant protection products, also known as pesticides, show harmful effects on ecosystems and biodiversity in their current use. Besides climate change, changes in global nutrient cycles and habitat destruction through altered land-use, the utilization of pesticides has also led to a dramatic loss of biodiversity. This is explained by a group of experts in the discussion paper published today by the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina "The Silent Spring - On the need for sustainable plant protection". The scientists call for more comprehensive approval procedures for pesticides to better control their environmental implications.

  • Policy advisor and international voice – 10 years National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

    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.

  • 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.

  • The German Academies of Sciences offer Recommendations for the Reform of Doctoral Practices

    Joint press release
    German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
    acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
    Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

    Monday, 24. July 2017 - Institutional responsibility for the doctorate at universities must be strengthened. This is the recommendation offered in the statement “Doctorate in Transition”, now available in English, by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – National Academy of Sciences and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. The statement analyzes the current situation in Germany in comparison with other countries, offering recommendations for improving doctoral practices.

  • 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.



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