Leopoldina Annual Assembly examines ways to achieve global health and equity

Cooperation across many disciplines is needed to improve health status and equity for everyone in the world. At its two-day Annual Meeting 2022, starting today in Halle (Saale)/Germany, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina addresses “Global Health: From Health Services to Climate Change and Social Justice” and therefore focuses on a wide range of global health issues. In the morning, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, German Federal Minister for Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger and Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt Dr Reiner Haseloff , will all deliver welcoming addresses. The Annual Meeting lectures are all broadcast live.

“Global health is an interdisciplinary field of work that aims to improve the health of everyone in the world and to promote health equity. The impact on health must be considered in all areas of the policy-making, an approach known as ‘Health in All Policies'”, an expert in veterinary medicine and microbiology explains Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler. The president of the Robert Koch Institute has been a member of the Leopoldina since 2010. As acting senator for the Global Health section, he is part of the organizing committee of the Annual Assembly, alongside members of the Leopoldina, Professor Dr. Susanne Hartmann, biologist and specialist in infectious diseases. immunologist, molecular biologist and virologist Prof. Dr. Thomas C. Mettenleiter. In his inaugural address today at 12:15 p.m., Wieler will discuss the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic for global health.

Dr. Johanna Hanefeld, social scientist, will speak on “International Health Protection and Health Equity” at today’s evening conference at 8:15 p.m. The Director of the Center for International Health Protection at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin/Germany will discuss the importance of globally connected and more robust public health systems.

In the morning, the Leopoldina honors materials scientist and biomedical engineer Prof. Dr. Francesca Santoro with the “Leopoldina Early Career Award”. The prize, funded by the Commerzbank Foundation, is valued at 30,000 euros. In her lecture, the winner will discuss her work in the field of bioelectronics, where she is developing new materials capable of interacting with the skin and the brain.

Yesterday, Thursday September 22, the Senate Leopoldina elected the geologist Prof. Dr. Onno Oncken as a member of the Presidium of the Academy. He succeeds engineering expert Professor Sigmar Wittig, who as Secretary of Class I – Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering has been a member of the Academy Presidium since 2012. The Senate also elected the Vice -Chair, Professor Regina Riphahn Ph.D. for another term. The economist, a member of the Leopoldina since 2007, is professor of statistics and empirical economic research at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

This year, more than 35 very talented students from all over Germany are also attending the Annual Meeting. They will listen to lectures at the event and have the chance to talk to researchers. The student program is financed by the association “Friends of the Leopoldina”.

The Annual Meeting is broadcast live on Leopoldina’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/NationaleAkademiederWissenschaftenLeopoldina. The livestream is available until 6:30 p.m. today, and again for the evening conference at 8:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. Lectures are held in English and German and are interpreted simultaneously. You can find the full Annual Meeting program and further information on the Leopoldina website: https://www.leopoldina.org/en/events/event/event/2936/.

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