Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina: Science in the service of society

The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is the oldest continuously ex­­isting academy of sciences and medicine in the world with a tradition going back over 355 years. It has more than 1,300 members worldwide.

The Leo­­poldina has been Germany’s national academy of sciences since July 2008. Its task is to conduct scientific research on issues relevant to the fu­­ture of society, to inform the public and government of the results and to promote these issues within Germany and internationally.

Other major tasks of the Leopoldina include promoting science and interdisciplinary debate and disseminating the results of scientific research. For this purpose, the Academy re­­gu­­larly or­­ganises events in Germany and abroad.

The Leopoldina elects outstanding scientists from all over the world to be­­come members of the Academy. In the past these have included 166 Nobel Prize winners; currently there are 32. The Leo­­pol­­dina was founded in Schwein­­­­furt in 1652 and has had its headquarters in Halle since 1878.



  1. Address

    Emil-Abderhalden-Straße 37
    D-06108 Halle (Saale)

    Berliner Büro
    Reinhardtstraße 14
    D-10117 Berlin

    Telefon +49 (0) 345 47239-0
    Telefax +49 (0) 345 47239-19

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    • Provides advice to government and the wider public through position papers and detailed reports on socially relevant issues of science
    • Represents German scientists in international academic committees
    • Disseminates the results of scientific research through events in Germany and abroad and through publications
    • Promotes science and research
    • Acts as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange