Research thrives on lateral thinking. Unconventional ideas and research against the mainstream have often led to unexpected breakthroughs of unforeseeable scope. In its statements, the Leopoldina analyses the opportunities, the potential and the challenges of important technologies for politics and society.
The engineering sciences are a relatively new subject area within the Leopoldina. An international working group is currently preparing a statement about the potential advantages of quantum technologies on behalf of the Leopoldina, acatech and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.
In its statements, the Leopoldina also identifies basic needs for research and finds knowledge gaps, for example in the field of energy research. In this area in particular, it has become clear that new technical solutions can only be effective with accompanying new social innovations and that there is a need for closer linkage of social and behavioral research.
The Leopoldina conveys new scientific findings, gaps in research and provides politics and society with options for action in tailor-made formats. The President of the National Academy, Prof. Jörg Hacker, is a member of the “Innovation Dialogue between the Federal Government, Industry and Science” and advises the German Chancellor on issues related to technology policy.
Artificial Photosynthesis (2018) (German)
Additive Manufacturing (2016) (German)
Life sciences in transition (2015) - Report on Tomorrow's Science
Scientific Officer, Department Science - Policy - Society
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