Presidents of two National Academies , Gerald Haug and David Harel , renew their strategic partnership
Gerald Haug ML , President of the Leopoldina , met with representa tives from the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities ( IASH ) and leading Israeli scientific institutions in Jerusalem , Tel Aviv , Rehovot and Haifa .
During his trip , he signed a new agree ment on the strategic partnership between the Leopoldina and IASH with its President , David Harel . This re places the Memorandum of Understanding signed back in 2013 . The agreement was signed at the opening ceremony of the
seventh Neurosciences Symposium held at the headquarters of the Israel Academy in Jerusalem . The symposium in the series organised by the Leopoldina and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities was dedicated to cognition , memory , neurodegenerative disease and brain research .
While in Israel , Haug also visited Yad Vashem – the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem with David Harel and Jörg Walendy , Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy . ■ LB
Gerald Haug and David Harel , President of the Israel Academy .
Image : IASH
SPECIAL MENDEL MEDAL FOR CHRISTIANE NÜSSLEIN-VOLHARD
Developmental geneticist and Nobel Prize winner Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard ML has been awarded the Leopoldina Special Mendel Medal . The award is in recognition of her pioneering work on the embryonic development of fruit flies and the development and genetics of zebrafish . The prize ceremony was held on the Jägerberg in Halle ( Saale )/ Germany at the celebratory symposium to mark the 200th birthday of Gregor Mendel . “ Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is an exceptional developmental geneticist who is highly respected the world over . She has made ground-breaking discoveries through her research into the genetic control of the embryonic development of fruit flies ,” plant geneticist Ulla Bonas ML , Vice President of the Leopoldina , said in her tribute speech . “ With her innovative work on the development and genetics of zebrafish – and pattern formation in particular – she has once again proven to be a pioneer genetics .” The Mendel Medal is awarded by the Leopoldina for pioneering achievements in the fields of general and molecular biology and genetics . This is the first year there has been a special medal .
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Special Mendel Medal
“ A stroke of luck for the German scientific community ”
Symposium for the 70th birthday of former President Jörg Hacker attended by guests from the worlds of politics and science
Guests from the worlds of politics and science arrived at the headquarters of the Leopoldina in Halle ( Saale )/ Germany for the celebratory symposium called “ Bacteria , People and Science ” to mark the 70th birthday of former President of the Leopoldina , Jörg Hacker ML .
The speakers at the symposium included the former President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities ,
Nili Cohen , the President of the Leibniz
At the symposium : Angela Merkel , Volker ter Meulen , Jörg Hacker , Gerald Haug , Reiner Haseloff .
the President of the Berlin-Brandenburg
Academy of Sciences and Humanities , Christoph Markschies .
Former Chancellor Angela Merkel applauded Jörg Hacker ’ s achievements in science-based policy advice . She referred to Hacker as “ a stroke of good luck for the German scientific community ”. Later on in the symposium , Michael Hecker ML and Carmen Buchrieser ML looked back on the scientific success of the bacteri ologist and his service to science