The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has accepted Professors Andreas Peschel (Spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence CMFI) and Hans-Georg Rammensee (Principal Investigator at CMFI) as members. Membership in the Leopoldina is an award for outstanding scientific achievements. The two new members from Tübingen of Class II - Life Sciences of the Leopoldina, were ceremoniously presented with their certificates by Leopoldina President Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug on 19.04 in Halle (Saale).
The new members of the Leopoldina Academy of Sciences are traditionally invited to the symposium of their specialist class the year after their election to receive their membership certificates. The members of the Leopoldina are to use their expertise to advise policy, engage with the public about scientific topics, and foster international relations. They follow the guiding principle "To explore nature for the benefit of mankind."
During the following scientific symposium Andreas Peschel and Hans-Georg Rammensee gave talks entitled “Antibiotic-resistant bacterial patogens and the microbiome” (Andreas Peschel) and “The peptides at the center of the immunological synapse: essential in health and disease” (Hans-Georg Rammensee).
The following members have been elected to Class II of the Leopoldina in 2022:
- Andrea Ablasser, Lausanne/Switzerland, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Section microbiology and immunology)
- Sonja-Verena Albers, Freiburg im Breisgau, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg (Genetics/molecular biology and cell biology)
- Wulf Amelung, Bonn, University of Bonn (Section agricultural and nutritional sciences)
- Michael Boutros, Heidelberg, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) of the Helmholtz Association (Section human genetics and molecular medicine)
- Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Berlin, Charité – University Medicine Berlin (Section physiology und pharmacology/toxicology)
- Ivo Feußner, Göttingen, University of Göttingen (Section organismic and evolutionary biology)
- Robert Grosse, Freiburg im Breisgau, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg (Section physiology und pharmacology/toxicology)
- Helmut Grubmüller, Göttingen, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences (Section biochemistry and biophysics)
- Claudia Höbartner, Würzburg, University of Würzburg (Section biochemistry and biophysics)
- Katalin Karikó, Szeged/Ungarn, University of Szeged (Section human genetics and molecular medicine)
- Andreas Peschel, Tübingen, University of Tübingen (Section microbiology and immunology)
- Hans-Georg Rammensee, Tübingen, University of Tübingen (Section microbiology and immunology)
- Tina Romeis, Halle (Saale), Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (Section organismic and evolutionary biology)
- Rotem Sorek, Rehovot/Israel, Weizmann Institute of Science (Section genetics/molecularbiology and cell biology)
- Alexandra Zoe Worden, Kiel, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Section organismic and evolutionary biology)
As the National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina provides independent science-based policy advice on socially relevant issues. To this end, the Academy prepares interdisciplinary statements based on scientific findings. These publications identify options for action; it is the task of democratically legitimized policymakers to decide. The experts who write statements work on an honorary basis and with an open mind. The Leopoldina represents German science in international bodies, including science-based advice for the annual G7 and G20 summits. It has 1,600 members from more than 30 countries and brings together expertise from almost all research fields. It was founded in 1652 and named Germany's National Academy of Sciences in 2008. As an independent academy of science, the Leopoldina is committed to the common good.