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Leopoldina - The German National Academy of Sciences
The Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (founded in 1652) is the German National Academy of Sciences. Independent of political or economic interests, it provides policy makers and society at large with scientific guidance on topics relevant to society. The Leopoldina identifies important issues, where science plays a crucial role in finding solutions, elaborates statements and reports on urgent challenges to society, and communicates recommendations to policy makers and the public. Some examples of published reports are: Energy Research, Demographic Change and Aging, and Synthetic Biology.
The Leopoldina promotes national and international exchange and cooperation between researchers, supports young academics, and represents German scientists in international academic bodies and associations. In co-operation with the academies of the G8 countries the Leopoldina issues statements on urgent global topics in preparation for the annual G8 summit meetings. Since April 2010 the Secretariat of the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the coalition of the national science academies of EU member states, has been located at the Leopoldina.
The members of the Leopoldina are outstanding scientists, primarily in the natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, but also in the behavioral and empirical social sciences and the humanities. They are elected to membership of the Leopoldina. Among the famous members of the past are Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Alexander von Humboldt. With currently over 1,500 members in more than 30 countries worldwide, the Leopoldina is Germany’s largest academy.
The Leopoldina head offices are located in Halle on the Saale. To maintain proximity to policy makers and the media, the Academy also has an office in Berlin.