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.
Year of foundation1652
Business activity• 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