Society is the product of interaction between people. Lifelong learning and the integration of people with an immigrant background are just two aspects of contemporary society where researchers can make important contributions to the public debate. In analyzing these kinds of social issues, the Leopoldina draws on empirical models for cultural and social phenomena from the humanitarian, cultural, social and behavioral sciences.
Scientific expertise is not just needed to solve social issues in which scientific and technical factors play an important role. Current research in disciplines dealing with cultural, social and political phenomena can also drive progress in solving fundamental questions relating to social cohesion, for example, or the relationship between politics and science in an information society.
Problems relating to social culture and behavior are usually the result of gradual developments within society. It is therefore important to recognize and conduct research of relevant trends early on. This is only possible using a highly interdisciplinary approach. For example, a comprehensive approach to researching the social aspects of learning processes requires the participation not only of educational scientists, psychologists, and sociologists, but also of neuroscientists and economists.
The public debate on issues of culture and behavior is often fueled by opinions with a more than doubtful scientific justification. Therefore, the Leopoldina chooses publication and event formats tailored to the respective target audience in order to effectively convey the scientific perspective on any given topic. They range from statements that offensively deal with widespread but scientifically untenable views, for example on demographic change, to panel discussions dealing with the fundamental values of a democratic constitutional state in the age of sustainability.