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Source: Federal Ministry for education and research

20.02.2020 press release: 023/2020

Federal Minister of education and research for the introduction of the new President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Today, Thursday, Professor Jörg Hacker will hand over the office of President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle an der Saale to Professor Gerald Haug. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “The knowledge of science and research are the elementary prerequisites for innovation and progress of mankind. A society needs the impulses of science and its advice guided by reason for its well-being. The Leopoldina occupies an outstanding place here in Germany. It is the oldest science and medicine academy in the world. Its 1,600 members combine an invaluable and independent expertise. The Leopoldina is one of the great treasures of our country – a treasure we can proudly look at. Professor Jörg Hacker shaped the Leopoldina for ten years. When he took over, the Leopoldina had just been appointed to the National Academy. Thanks to its prudent administration, the academy has continued to increase its reputation and importance. Jörg Hacker has positioned the academy excellently in Germany and around the world as the voice of German science and as an independent advisor to politics and society. The statements on nitrogen oxides and particulate matter in the air we breathe or on the climate package of the Federal Government have recently been trend-setting. I would like to thank Jörg Hacker from the bottom of my heart for his valuable work for our society and German science, and I warmly congratulate General Haug on his election as President of the Leopoldina. He takes on an outstanding position in science and social policy. He has been a member of the Leopoldina since 2012 and has since contributed significantly to the important statements and recommendations on how we can meet the major challenges of climate change. I wish him the best of luck and success for his new role. I am very much looking forward to working together, especially in these times when established scientific knowledge is increasingly being questioned for reasons of political advantage, reason must guide us. That is why the scientific advice of the Leopoldina is in greater demand than ever. Society, all its parts, must stand together, especially in these days when our basic principles have been attacked again by an act of violence. All hatred and violence must be resolutely countered. ”Background: The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina was founded in 1652. It looks back on a rich history, numerous famous names are associated with it – including Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Justus von Liebig and Max Planck. In 2008 the Leopoldina was unanimously decided of the Joint Science Conference (GWK) appointed National Academy of Sciences. One of her tasks is to prepare scientifically sound opinions on pressing problems of our time – be it to deal with climate change, ways to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution in the air we breathe or how we can master the challenges of digitization. It enriches public debates and shows possible solutions. At the same time, she objectifies these debates by making complex facts understandable and placing them in the overall picture. Further information:


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